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Living our Coconut Life – A day in our tropical island  

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The first thing that pops into your mind when Sri Lankans hear food – is coconut. It is such a popular food that are used in our daily cuisines in almost every dish. Coconut is known as a staple diet and its milk is used mostly as part of making every day cuisines creamier and thicker which in turn increases the deliciousness of the food.

Scientifically, this wonder fruit is named as ‘Cocos nucifera’ and known as the tree of life as well. Apart from its domestic use among almost all the households in the nation it is also a primary export product of the nation. Sri Lanka has a ‘coconut triangle’ in the nation which covers three center points in the island where most of the coconut yield is grown and harvested. Coconut once dried is called copra while in its natural state there are many product formats and by products that can be taken out of coconuts. This also goes as a key ingredient to soaps and cosmetics products apart from foodie as well. It can also be consumed as a refreshing thirst quencher namely as a beverage and can be even further processed to make it alcoholic. There is great ayurvedic, medicinal and religious significance for coconuts in Sri Lanka.

Coconut has a great range of benefits in terms of health and nutrients and is gaining popularity as a healthy super food in the recent past worldwide. The rich and superior quality, taste and aroma of Sri Lanka coconuts is higher to than that of the coconuts grown in other tropical countries. The coconut meat in a nut in Sri Lanka accounts to about 72% whereas the global averages to about 65%. Almost 80% of the coconuts produced in Sri Lanka are utilized for domestic use while the portion available for export is comparatively small.

This miracle product is known for its super powers both in forms of goodness and richness.

Coconuts are highly nutritious

Unlike many other fruits that are high in carbs, coconuts mostly provide fat. The minerals in coconut are involved in many functions of the body. They are high in manganese, which is essential for bone health and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and cholesterol. Much of the fat in coconut is in the form of MCT (medium chain triglycerides). Although coconut meat is high in fat it consists of MCTs and provides many other nutrients followed by the consumption. It also consists of anti-bacterial properties.

Helps control blood sugar and acts as an anti-oxidant

Coconuts are low in carbs and high in fat and fiber which benefits blood sugar control due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Helps improve skin health and reduces hair loss

Use of coconut off the spoon or direct application of coconut oil products helps to improve dry skin and bring back the bounciness and oiliness back into the body. It also acts as a strengthener to hair fall and helps the regrowth and also enriching hair with its oily effect.

This fruit can be called a miracle product as it helps in multi-faceted ways and provides a range of benefits. And above all, being an islander it is about living the coconut life daily on a tropical island such as this. Definitely there is got to be no any regrets if it happens to be sourced from this island and the rest assured you are easily getting sourced the finest coconut produce in the world.

Living the coconut life in Sri Lanka as an islander!