This strange looking white thing is a young coconut. In it’s natural state it would be round and green, but they trim it before shipping it to your grocery store. I became familiar with them about five years ago when I was experimenting with raw foods. There has been a lot of hype in recent years about young coconut water and its health benefits. While some claims are wildly overstated due to commercial drink marketing, there are significant health benefits from consuming young coconuts.
The water found in young coconuts is not only delicious and refreshing, it is jam packed with enzymes, electrolytes, b-vitamins, and antioxidants. And for all that 1 cup of young coconut water has only 46 calories, 0 grams of fat, 6 grams of net carbs and 2 grams of protein.
The meat of a young coconut is also good for you. It contains high levels of medium chain fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol, fight bacteria in the digestive system (including Candida) and boost immunity. Young coconut meat also has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. The meat can range from thin and jelly-like, to a firmer, but still pliable consistency, depending on its maturity. The firmer textured meat can be cut into noodles, while the softer meat can be made into pudding, ice creams, smoothies and sauces. A 3.5 ounce serving of young coconut meat contains about 102 calories, 5g fat, 12g net carbs, and 2g protein. If you’re on a very low carbohydrate diet, it may not fit into your plan, but if you are at a moderate 50-100g of carbohydrates then you can (and should) make room for young coconut on your menu. I’ll be posting some delicious young coconut recipes for you to try out soon!
I found these young coconuts at my local Walmart, but you can also get them at natural food stores and larger grocery stores for around three to four dollars each. Now if you’re convinced that you want to give it a try, you’re probably wondering how on earth you go about getting into it! It may look intimidating, but don’t worry, it’s actually not that hard to get to the good stuff!