Real Nuts |coconuts|

On November 23, 1999, a man showed up at Atoifi Hospital, on the Pacific island of Malaita, with left-side paralysis. He appeared, as Campbell-Falck et al. reported later in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, “generally ill,” and because he had difficulty swallowing, he soon required IV hydration. He was still in the hospital five weeks later, when he became shaky and dizzy and again required IV hydration, but this time no IV fluids were available.

Atoifi was one of three hospitals on Malaita, but the other two were at least a full day’s journey away on foot, and there were no roads, and the hospital could not afford to fly in supplies. The attending physician decided to use filtered coconut water instead, which he’d heard of doctors doing on nearby islands. The patient recovered and was discharged three days later, though one doesn’t imagine that he went with a spring in his step.

About 25 percent of cultivated land in the Philippines is planted in coconut trees, and it is estimated that between 25+ the population was at least partly dependent on coconuts for their livelihood. It is obvious that coconuts are filled with good fat, the fat in mother’s milk is the same, Lauric acid as in coconut oil. The advantages of coconut oil seem obvious but are often in debate by the medical profession.

Coconuts are often underestimated and there are numerous benefits to enjoying fresh coconuts. There is a sugar from the cut flower buds, and is low on the glycemic index. If the coconuts are picked young, before they get too sweet, and like any fruit juice the nutritional profile varies according to ripeness, region, and the characteristics of individual trees but overall a good nut.


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