Coconut (Nariyal)

Coconut Nutritional Value:-
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 354 Kcal 18%
Carbohydrates 15.23 g 12%
Protein 3.3 g 6%
Total Fat 33.49 g 167%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 9 g 24%
Folates 26 µg 6.5%
Niacin 0.540 mg 3%
Pantothenic aci 0.300 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.054 mg 4%
Riboflavin 0.020 mg 1.5%
Thiamin 0.066 mg 5.5%
Vitamin C 3.3 mg 5.5%
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin E 0.24 mg 2%
Vitamin K 0.2 µg <1% Electrolytes:- Sodium 20 mg 1% Potassium 356 mg 7.5% Minerals:- Calcium 14 mg 1.4% Copper 0.435 mg 48% Iron 2.43 mg % Magnesium 32 mg 8% Manganese 1.500 mg 65% Phosphorus 113 mg 16% Selenium 10.1 µg 18% Zinc 1.10 mg 10% Phyto-nutrients:- Carotene, beta 0 µg — Phytosterols 47 mg — Coconut is rich in calories, vitamins and plenty of minerals. An average 400 grams of coconut flesh provides almost all the vitamins and minerals required by the body for a day. 100 grams of coconut kernels contain around 350 calories. It contains high saturated acids like lauric acid and bioactive compounds that are essential for better health. The kernel is an excellent source of copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium and zinc. It is also a good source of folates, niacin, thiamine and pyridoxine. The fruit is also a good source of potassium. Coconut water is very refreshing and contains simple sugars, electrolytes, minerals, acid phosphatise, catalase, dehydrogenise, peroxidise and polymerases. Not just the water, its oil is also classified as a super food. Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound effects on your health.

Health Benefits of Coconut:
Coconut contains a high amount of saturated fats but these are harmless. They contain Medium Chain Triglycerides which are fatty acids of medium length. These fatty acids are absorbed differently by the body. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract and are further turned into ketone bodies. This can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
Coconut is high in dietary fibre and provides a whopping 61% of fibre. Coconut fibre slows down the release of glucose and transports it to the cell were it is converted into energy.It controls diabetes by positively affecting the hormones for blood sugar control. This slows down the rise in blood sugar level and helps to reduce glycemic cravings.Cytokinins, kinetin and trans-zeatin present in coconut have anti thrombotic, anti-carcinogenic and anti-ageing effects on the body.Coconut nutrition is excellent for the immunity system. It is antiviral, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-parasitic. Intake of coconut oil can help the body to mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that cause illness.Research has proven that people who consume coconut daily are healthier when compared to those who don’t. In some countries it is a dietary fibre that people have thrived on for many generations.Coconut nutrition has also proven to have anti-cancer properties. It is especially beneficial to treat colon and breast cancer.Eating coconut hydrates the skin and makes it youthful and supple. Take a teaspoon of raw, uncooked coconut oil and massage the skin with it. This will minimise the outbreaks of skin, rashes and irritations and will beautify the skin from inside when taken internally.
जब भी आप घर में कोई विशेष पूजा का आयोजन अथवा शुभ कार्य का अनुष्ठान करते हैं तो उसमें नारियल जरूर होता है। पण्डित जी की खास हिदायत होती है कि एक पानी वाला नारियल पूजा में जरूर रखें। इसका कारण यह है कि कोई भी पूजा और अनुष्ठान बिना गणेश और लक्ष्मी के आशीर्वाद के बिना संपन्न नहीं हो सकता। गणेश की मौजूदगी के लिए पूजा में सुपारी रखा जाता है तो लक्ष्मी की कृपा के लिए नरियल। ऐसी मान्यता है कि पूजा में नारियल और सुपारी रखने से बिना किसी विघ्न के कार्य संपन्न होता है।

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