Coconut oil used to be popular in America. After World War Two American agriculture was revolutionized by pesticides and fertilizers and farms became bigger and bigger. Corn and soy started to dominate the landscape in America and supermarkets and restaurants became dominated by foods containing polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats such as coconut oil virtually disappeared from the typical America diet.

Ever since the 1970s there has been a growing band of academics and researchers that have questioned the orthodoxy of saturated fats being bad for the health. People such as Mary Enig have tried to bring hard science to the arena of food promotion. She has tirelessly warned of the dangers of trans fats found in supposedly healthy food items and has also pointed out that it is misleading to talk about fats simply as polyunsaturated, saturated or monounsaturated. Rather it is more relevant to look at the chain length of fatty acids in oils: most fats contain long chain fatty acids that are hard for the body to metabolize; whereas, coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that are readily converted to energy by the body.

Another important health benefit of coconut fat is that it contains lauric acid which is known to be an important antimicrobial agent also found in mother’s milk. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps to fight viral infections and to strengthen the immunity system.

The amazing qualities of coconuts does not stop with coconut oil, coconut milk is a good source of minerals such as calcium and is an excellent dairy substitute for people who are vegans or who are lactose intolerant. Coconut water is also amazing in that it is an exact match for human blood plasma and can be used for emergency blood transfusions. It is also an excellent isotonic beverage as it contains electrolytes and is 99% fat free and low in sugar.

Coconut palms reach maturity in under a year and produce over 60 coconuts every year. It is a renewable resource that has a number of health benefits. It also makes tasty food such as Thai green curry. Coconut is amazing and more people should know about it.