In Asia and the South Pacific Islands, the coconut tree is so much more than a source of shade on a bright sunny day on the beach; it’s known as the “tree of life” because it is a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk and oil – all of which are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Coconut juice (coconut water) is one of the best sources of electrolytes on earth while coconut meat is rich in fiber and protein. Coconut milk is the diluted cream extracted from the thick, white flesh of a mature coconut which contains lauric acid, a healthy fatty acid also found in breast milk.
But the coconut is known as a nutritional powerhouse and one of the most health-promoting fruits largely because of the benefits of coconut oil.
Studies show that raw coconut oil helps:
• promote heart health
• promote weight loss if and when you need it
• support the immune system
• support healthy metabolism
• provide you an immediate energy source
• keep the skin healthy and youthful looking
• support the thyroid gland
Contrary to the misconception that coconut oil is bad for your health, it’s actually the healthiest oil you can consume, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola. Coconut oil has been added to baby formulas and has been found to be beneficial for pregnant women, nursing mothers, the elderly, athletes, or those who just want to improve their current state of health.
Coconut oil detractors used an old study on hydrogenated coconut oil to give coconut oil a bad rep. The hydrogenation process creates trans fatty acids (trans fats), which increase your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, increase your risk of heart disease and contribute to inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.
Dr. Mercola explains that coconut oil contains saturated fats composed of medium-chain fatty acids, which have antimicrobial properties, are easily digested by your body for quick energy, and are beneficial to your immune system.
Simply speaking, the saturated fat in virgin coconut oil is health promoting and does not have a negative effect on cholesterol or your overall health, when taken in the right amounts.
Eastern cultures have been enjoying the benefits of coconuts for centuries. It’s high time that you do so as well.
Cocoa cassava bars are packed with the perfect balance of 3 “superfoods”: coconut oil, Proserum® Whey and flaxseed. But a cocoa cassava bar does not contain just ordinary coconut oil; it’s made using a pure, natural, organic, unrefined and highly stable coconut oil – Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, one of the best coconut oils available today.
Fresh Shores Extra Virgin Coconut Oil comes from the freshest coconuts, opened less than 48 hours after they are harvested from the trees, which are grown without potentially harmful fertilizers and processed organically without using heat processing, additives or chemical solvents.
Besides coconut oil, cocoa cassava bars are sprinkled with shredded coconut, adding a delicious tropical flair to an already nutritious and delicious snack.