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Coconut – the truly no waste tree!

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Coconut, in several ways, is considered to be one of nature’s greatest bounties. Ever since the dawn of civilization, coconut, as a miracle fruit, has satisfied man’s hunger and purged his thirst, in addition to helping him build his first shelter protecting him against the vagaries of heat, cold, rain, snow and wild animals. In fact, the coconut and its related products helped spread civilization far and wide, as man migrated from one region to another to seek greener pastures and opportunities hitherto unexplored. Is Coconut a zero-waste product? We know well that there are precious few products that truly exhibit zero waste values. 

Matured coconut

The Coconut tree is one of the true examples of an organic product which gives out very little waste, if at all any. This is because every part of tree has commercial use and value. Coconut tree farming is 100 per cent sustainable and is an excellent natural resource that has produced one commercially viable product after another.

What makes the humble coconut extraordinary?
Every coconut fruit comes with a host of nutrients and minerals. The sap from the coconut flower bosom, also called as a ‘Spadix’, from which the coconut is formed has amino acids in abundance, which produces coconut aminos. Amino acids, as we already know from the previous blogs, is the building blocks of protein, essential for the growth of our body and energy to actively do work and stay healthy. 

Amino acids exhibit several health benefits and those found in coconut aminos include proline, leucine, valine, serine, alanine and threonine. Theonine is the most interesting amino acid found, and while research study on this amino acid is on, recent reports have indicated that threonine can help control diabetes levels. It is a plant-based chemical that can trigger protein synthesis. This process involves chemical conversion in the body producing glycine which helps the brain to control camps and muscle spasms.