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Coffee and Coconut – Should they be a part of your diet?
We have all heard of the word ‘superfood’ but what does it really mean?
In my opinion, the term should be reserved for foods with genuine health benefits; those which have had their nutritional worth proven and verified in studies. They are foods that, if consumed, WILL have a positive impact on your health. Two readily available superfoods that are often overlooked as being such are coffee and coconut.
But aren’t coffee and coconut bad for you?
In short, No. However both of them have got a bad name in recent years. There are many reasons for this:
Coconut contains saturated fat; often cited as the cause of obesity in the western world, although this belief is coming under more and more scrutiny. In April last year, the British Medical Journal finally cottoned on, publishing an article questioning whether fat really makes us fat.
So what are some of the amazing benefits of these two foods?
Starting with Coffee.
Being the second most traded commodity on the planet to oil and petroleum, coffee is recognised as an economic powerhouse, but the health benefits of coffee are often overlooked. Just a few of these benefits are listed below:
- Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of ‘all cause mortality’ in both men and women. In an extensive 14 year study it was found that the more coffee people drank, the lower their risk of mortality.
- Coffee can help you to burn fat and increase athletic performance. Due to the effect of caffeine in mobilising fatty acids for use as fuel, it can aid weight loss and has also been shown to increase power and strength output.
- In several studies, consuming coffee was found to be protective of the cardio vascular system and lowered the risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
- Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients which help to preserve the cells of the body. Partly due to this, coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of contracting several types of cancer.
Demonised by the food and health industries for having ‘too much saturated fat’ and ironically explicitly excluded from any ‘weight loss’ programmes, the amazing health benefits of coconut must no longer be ignored. Here are a few to get you started:
- Coconut water is a rich source vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; all of which are extremely beneficial to the body. It is a particularly potent source of electrolytes which are essential for maintaining good health.
- Coconut water contains plant hormones which have been shown to slow down the ageing process. Cytokinins in particular have been shown to be effective in human cell preservation and, subsequently, are included in the most expensive anti ageing treatments.
- Coconut oil is a fabulous addition to any diet. Swap the oil in your cooking for coconut oil, or consume it in other ways, and you are likely to see some weight loss and increased energy. It has been shown in studies to have a stimulating effect on the metabolism, to satisfy hunger for longer, and to reduce fat storage when compared to diets with no coconut oil.
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In conclusion, I would suggest you first do your own research, and then if you like what you read, you can choose to include these two superfoods in your own diets and monitor the results for yourself. To find out more please get in touch with me by email or using my contact form. Also, I’d love to hear how you get on with them if you do try them!