It was also prized for its healing qualities and for the way it sustained our bodies inside and out. Just one cup of freshly grated coconut meat provides 7.2 grams of fiber. Milk made from the meat is similar to mother's milk in pH and is also high in lauric acid. Coconut water, found in the green coconut, is similar in pH to your own body and is full of digestible minerals. In addition, it's alkalizing and contains electrolytes, making it a good choice as a sports drink. During medical emergencies it has even been used as an IV solution when saline is not available.
Cold-pressed virgin coconut oil has strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, as well as moisturizing the hair and body.
The oil and milk are made up of short and medium-chain fatty acids, making it easily absorbed by our body ~ in contrast to animal fats made of long chain triglycerides that our body stores as fat. Another bonus is that coconut oil does not change its molecular structure when heated to high temperatures. Organic virgin coconut oil can replace any oil or butter used for cooking. I love the flavor combination of asparagus sauteed with coconut oil and sprinkled with sea salt.............or mushroom, spinach, onion omelets cooked in a little coconut oil. The oil really enhances the flavors!