Coconuts at Christmas might strike you as an odd idea unless you happen to live on a tropical island or plan to visit one this Christmas. However, coconuts are a renewable resource and an important source of income for many communities in developing countries. Thus, buying coconut products helps both the environment and those struggling to get by. Moreover, coconut food products have been proven to help a range of health issues and make good presents for people who are concerned about their bodily condition. And lastly coconut beauty products are inexpensive and yet more effective than many up-market products.
The coconut takes only 7 years to reach maturity. It is a plant not a tree and yet its timber is as hard as hardwood. The coconut husk can also be used as a material for making products. There are many uses for coconuts. You can find packing material made of coconut. Many household products such as condiment holders and bowls can be made of coconut. A popular type of sustainable flooring is coconut flooring that can replace hardwood flooring.
Scientists such as Mary Enig have been explaining the benefits of coconut food products since the 1970s much to the chagrin of the agri-business sector in North America. Polyunsaturated fats are making people fat and unhealthy because they contain long chain fatty acids that the body cannot process via the metabolism. In contrast, coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids that are converted by the metabolism into energy. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid that works as an antimicrobial agent that protects the body against viral attack.
Coconut water is great for rehydrating the body. It contains more electrolytes than any other sports drink. Coconut milk contains important minerals and vitamins and is free of lactose. It can be used to make lots of delicious dishes as well as smoothies and shakes. Coconut flour is 100% gluten free and can be used to make breads and cakes. It is also a good source of protein and fiber.
Coconut oil is non-greasy oil that has been used for centuries by women to moisturize the skin. It soaks deep into the skin and replaces lost oils. It also contains anti-oxidizing agents that stop free radical formation that causes wrinkles, liver spots etc. You can buy moisturizers, shampoos and conditioners that contain coconut oil that will do more to enhance beauty than many more expensive items.
From health, environmental and beauty points of views coconuts make good sense. So try something different this year and get coconut Christmas gifts.