Coconuts: Health or Hype?

coconut tree and oil.jpgI recently came across a few articles labeling coconuts as a food that is "bad for you." This of course happens as coconut is gearing up for a major marketing launch into the hearts and minds of the general public.  I am amazed at how many healthy foods are labeled "unhealthy." Even kale has been labeled as toxic. 

In order to demystify the confusion, let's first understand what's really happening. There are two ways of looking at nutrition.  From the conventional perspective, the focus is on biochemistry. I happen to love chemistry; however, when we use only the limited lens of chemistry to understand nutrition we omit important aspects of the holistic healing process. For example, if you simply look at the chemical composition of salt which is sodium chloride, you will believe that salt is bad for you.  As soon as a person is diagnosed with High Blood Pressure, salt is the first item to go. However, there is another side to salt. We are made up mostly of water and salt so how can it be bad for you?

From the alternative perspective, there is the biophysics approach to nutrition. This is an interdisciplinary approach that moves beyond the chemical composition of food and studies how it works and its energetic interaction inside the body. Going back to our salt example, the real issue is that table salt (which is fired at over 1500 degrees, stripped of its electrolytes and bleached, rendering it inorganic) will certainly be harmful to the body causing increased blood pressure and a wide array of inflammatory responses. However, sea salt is rich in electrolytes, trace minerals, is easily absorbed and is certainly needed by our bodies in small amounts.

Conventional nutritionists tend to lump all salt into the same category because, chemically speaking, both are sodium chloride. However, sea salt and table salt have very different reactions inside our bodies. These same conventional nutritionists the ones claiming that kale, coconuts and many other healthy foods are indeed "unhealthy."

The Body Whisperer Speaks on Coconut's Healing Power

Remember what I said about the differences between sea salt and table salt? Well there is a similar issue with saturated fats. Yes lard is bad for you, but for many reasons in addition to its saturated fat content. Coconut contains a saturated fat with medium chain fatty acids called MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides). These fatty acids have a different and much more therapeutic and energetic reaction in the body. 

The real deal #1

As soon as a food is labeled "super food" or "super healthy," a bunch of products are produced by organizations who do not care about your health at all whatsoever. They take inferior forms of the food and put it in any and everything and those inferior, unhealthy foods drag down the nutritional effectiveness of the healthy food. I have seen coconut milk lattes. Well a latte is fattening and unhealthy to begin with and you can be sure that the coconut milk that they are using is full of preservatives and additives.  

The real deal #2

As soon as the general public learns that a food is a "super food" or "super healthy" they begin to do it to death. This is what happened with kale. People started juicing kale by the pound and drinking it all day, every day. Why do we do this to ourselves? Anything taken in excess is going to begin to develop traffic jams in the body.

To keep this article short, I'll stop here, but trust me. I have at least 10 real deals. Be aware. See things as they are. Utilize your common sense. Eat healthy foods in moderation, eat all the colors of the rainbow and you'll be giving your body what it needs. When you give your body what it needs, your body will heal itself.

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