"Our happiness is constantly - chew coconuts, eat bananas, Chunga-Chang!" - the catch of this cheerful song from the cartoon of the time when very few people tried to "chew coconuts", but if I tried it I would be horrified, because the coconut ... is not chewed at all !!
Coconut is a nut, the fruit of a coconut palm, widespread in the equatorial belt of our planet. The birthplace of this palm tree is unknown, and it is unlikely that it will ever be found. The fact that fallen from the palm tree, ripe walnut - "excellent swimmer", which by the will of the waves can swim huge distances and carried to the land, easily sprouts a new palm tree. And so on a circle.
The development of the nut goes through a number of stages of maturation. First it is green, and inside it is a yellow-green sweetish juice (a popular and eco-friendly drink in many equatorial countries), then the nut turns brown, and inside the juice turns into a white emulsion - coconut milk. The main, undeniable benefit of coconut milk is that during maturation it is absolutely not affected by any extraneous influence - therefore it is environmentally friendly.
The benefits of coconut and coconut milk
Coconut milk is very readily used as a component for preparing various dishes of local exotic cuisine.
Let's see what composition is valid for the use of coconut milk.
This milk contains about 4% of vegetable proteins, 6% of carbohydrates and a lot of fats - 27%! It contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, and also C. Milk contains many minerals - manganese, magnesium , potassium, phosphorus, iron and others.
In regard to the benefits and harm of coconut milk, the opinions of scientists and doctors are different. Some believe that very high-calorie milk (150-200 kcal) promotes the prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, helps healing ulcers, and the phosphorus it contains enriches the body with phosphates that strengthen the bones and stimulate the brain. The presence of magnesium strengthens the nervous system, and a high iron content raises hemoglobin in the blood.
On the other hand, those who prefer the second between benefit and harm of coconut milk, believe that it can do harm, since this exotic product is foreign to our body and can cause a stable allergy. At the same time, arguing this opinion by the fact that we can not find coconut milk in canned form, it is practically impossible, and therefore it is better to eat fresh products with similar characteristics. In addition, coconut milk is contraindicated in people who do not tolerate fructose .