What is Desiccated Coconut?
In simple words, desiccated coconut is coconut flesh that has been grated and then dried to increase the shelf life and make the coconut easily available for use while retaining the flavor. It is used as a substitute to fresh grated coconut in curries, smoothies, cakes, bakes and other Indian sweet dishes, mithai.
You can easily find desiccated coconut in the market as sweetened, unsweetened, toasted or you can make your own at home by drying fresh shredded coconut in the oven.
Benefits of desiccated Coconut
Strengthens your connective tissues
Regular intake in your diet prevents mineral deficiency and reduces the risk of diseases like arthritis and osteoporosis, as the minerals present help to strengthen your connective tissues – skin, ligaments and bones.
Being rich in dietary fiber, desiccated coconut contains no cholesterol or trans fats making it helpful in lowering levels of LDL cholesterol levels and preventing the risk of various heart diseases. But you might want to note that desiccated coconut contains very high saturated fat content which increases your HDL cholesterol levels and there has been a lot of debate going on the amount to be consumed because of same. So, if you are concerned about your fat intake, consider including it in occasional meals while taking care that your regular diet is rich in proteins and full with legumes, whole nuts and fresh fruits.
Anemia, caused due to the deficiency of iron is very common health issue specially among women. Adding dried coconut to your food helps in meeting your daily iron intake as desiccated coconut has high iron content.
Promotes Brain Function
Coconut, recently has gained attention in the treatment of Alzheimer’s due to its ability to promote the production of neurotransmitters as well as myelin, which helps in transmitting electrical signals that come from or to the brain more efficiently. Any damage to myelin can lead to severe neurological problems.
How to incorporate in your diet
There are various ways to incorporate desiccated coconut in your diet. You can add it to your smoothies, or you can add desiccated coconut flakes to your cake and bakes.
One other way is to add coconut to your curries while cooking or as garnishing.
And our most favorite, try this sweet and quick coconut ladoo recipe.
You might want to read some of the posts in our health section.
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