Everyone’s going Coconuts!
You are no doubt hearing more and more about the many health benefits of something found in abundance here in Hawaii….coconuts! Modern science is now confirming what many islanders have known all along, that coconuts have a wide range of benefits. Of course coconuts are not found only in Hawaii, but the Hawaiian people have used them as one of their staple foods for centuries and were well aware of the many uses of coconuts. Their sweet meat, juice, milk, and oil were all highly valued. Coconut oil was also used as a cure for illnesses and present day medical studies have proven this to be true. It has been shown to kill some viruses and bacteria, the fungi that causes ringworm, and even parasites such as lice, among other things!
Coconut water has become very popular at present and can be found in most supermarkets. It boosts energy, improves digestion, and is a great antioxidant. Coconut oil is found in our sunscreens, our shampoos, in many beauty products, and as an excellent cooking oil. Coconuts are truly remarkable and have been an important source of nourishment to people around the world for hundreds of years! While visiting here on Oahu, be sure to take advantage of this tropical blessing, in its many forms, from fresh coconut to coconut water to delicious desserts made from coconut milk, such as the Hawaiian delight called haupia. Don’t miss out on the roadside stands that offer fresh, ice cold, coconut water, straight from the coconut! In other words, go coconuts!