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Coconut Flakes

Botanical Name
Cocos nucifera

Origin
Philippines

Extraction
Desiccated

Suggested use
Food and cosmetic use

These organic coconut flakes make the perfect addition to your natural body care recipes which require exfoliating actions or added texture. Because of their pronounced flavor and aroma, they make a lovely contribution to exotic tea blends and other culinary delights.

Early Spanish explorers called coconuts “coco”, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations on the hairy nut resemble the head and face of a monkey. The coconut provides a highly nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished people around the world for countless generations. On many tropical islands coconut is regarded as a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the caloric intake. Close to one third of the world’s population depends on coconut for its dietary and economic value.

Coconut is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits over and beyond its already impressive nutritional content. Coconut contains high levels of lauric acid which is converted by the body into monolaurin. Monolaurin is responsible for solubilizing the lipid envelope of virus’s, causing the disintegration of the virus envelope and subsequent death of the virus.

Typical Analysis
Energy- 2761 Kj / 660 kcal
Moisture- 3.00 g
Protein- 6.88 g
Total lipid (fat)- 64.53 g
Saturated Fat- 57.218 g
Trans Fat- 0 g
Total Monounsaturated fatty acids- 2.745
Total Polyunsaturated fatty acids- 0.706
Cholesterol- 0 mg
Carbohydrate- 23.6 5g
Fiber- 16.3 g
Total Sugar- 7.35
Ash- 1.94 g
Calcium- 26 mg
Iron- 3.32 mg
Magnesium- 90 mg
Phosphorus- 206 mg
Potassium- 543 mg
Sodium- 37mg
Vitamin C- 1.5 mg

Parts Used
The entire coconut palm can be utilized by humans in some manner or another. The white fleshy inner layer (meat) of mature coconuts is the most commonly used portion for both food and medicine.

Typical Preparations
Shredded coconut can be added to drinks, teas, and super-food smoothies, and it is also used in baking and desserts. It can be used in bodycare creations such as hard soaps and bath bombs for its mildly exfoliating and soothing properties and for its wonderful rich scent.

Summary
Modern medical science is now supporting the use of coconut products to treat many of the undesirable health conditions prevalent in our modern world. Published studies in medical journals abound demonstrating that coconut, in one form or another, provides a wide range of health benefits when incorporated into ones regular diet.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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