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Graina Bulk Food Store: Fresh Coconut

Coconut is a popular fruit believed to have originated in the Indian and Indonesian regions. From there it float–distributed itself along the ocean currents to other parts of the world and eventually, for your convenience, to Graina. Contrary to its misleading title the coconut is actually part of the stone fruit family and not considered a nut. It is available for purchase at Graina in a variety of forms:

  • 1.Flakes
  • 2.Shredded
  • 3.Ground / Fine
  • 4.Nectar
  • 5.Oil
  • 6.Butter (It’s pretty new in the market, use it to make fresh coconut cream or milk)
  • 7.Sugar
  • 8.Flour

Coconut is inexpensive and unaffected by the seasons, producing fruit year round. Everyday uses include cooking, natural medicine and cosmetics.  When cooking with coconut some of the most common applications are in; baking, cereals, curries and protein balls (Cereals and protein balls available in store or online in a variety of flavors and mixes).

Coconut is full of health benefits ranging from your teeth to how much energy you have throughout the day. Whether you’re consuming the flesh, water or oil it is delicious and a highly nutritious source of:

  • 1.Fiber
  • 2.Vitamins
  • 3.Minerals such as Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium
  • 4.Amino acids

It is also worth noting that coconut is high in saturated fat. Now before you go off running for the hills, It is a common misconception that all saturated fats are bad for your health. While many people still believe that all fatty foods increase your cholesterol and raise your likelihood of heart related issues, the truth is this way of thinking is based on old research and not in line with modern science. Most cases of high cholesterol are a result of a genetic predisposition, stress and/or processed sugars. In the case of coconut it has been shown to raise your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) which in-turn lowers your LDL (bad cholesterol). This means that coconut will actually reduce your risk of heart disease.

The oil derived from the coconut is great for your skin and hair, keeping them from becoming dry and stopping your lips from cracking are just a couple of benefits. Remember that less is more when it comes to applying coconut oil to your skin and hair as there is only so much that can be absorbed. Use too much and you’ll end up a hot oily mess.

Oil pulling is another effective application to help strengthen teeth. Simply by swishing coconut oil around your mouth for 10-20 minutes once a day you can:

  • 1.Treat tooth decay
  • 2.Eradicate bad breath
  • 3.Improve gum health
  • 4.Whiten teeth
  • 5.Treat dry throat
  • 6.Prevent cavities

Coconut products from Graina are diverse, incredibly affordable, free of plastic or other harmful packaging, fresh and available both online (delivery available) and in-store. Due to Graina being a local family owned business we buy in small quantities on a regular basis, this means you are getting the freshest, tastiest product around.

In summary not only is coconut exotic and tasty as hell, it has a tone of health benefits. Your skin, hair, heart and overall wellness will thank-you for incorporating this gem into your diet.

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