India is the third-largest producer of Coconut, and a statutory body regulates the trade under the ministry of agriculture, the Coconut Development Board (CDB)
September 2 is celebrated all over the world as World Coconut Day. Coconut and humans have coexisted for thousands of years. However, there has been a paucity of public awareness about the health and commercial benefits of Coconut.
World Coconut day was first observed in 2009 under the aegis of APCC or the Asia Pacific Coconut Council, which nurtures and patronizes all activities which are related to the coconut industry. India is also a member of the council and is also marking the occasion, reports First Post.
Coconut has been revered since ancient times in India. It is called Shreephal and is often presented to luminaries and a shawl to symbolize the importance of the tropical fruit. Coconut has immense health benefits, and every part of the plant finds use.
Leaves of the coconut tree are woven and used for thatching roofs since time immemorial. The coconut husk finds use for making ropes and mattresses. Coconut water is the most wholesome drink one can ask for and contains all the minerals and nutrients in the right proportion.
Coconut has got antimicrobial effects, and regular use of Coconut helps in oral hygiene. Eating Coconut will help to eliminate pathogens in the oral cavity and protect your gums and teeth from infections and cavities.
Coconut pulp has high levels of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). The plant-origin fatty acids are easily digestible, and they have also been seen to improve endurance in trained athletes. Coconut oil provides good cholesterol (HDL) and helps to reduce cardiovascular diseases.
Coconut helps control blood- sugar level
Coconut is very low in carbohydrates but rich in amino acids, healthy fats, and fiber, making it an ideal food for Diabetics. The high fiber content also helps delay digestion and prevents frequent pangs of hunger, which is common in diabetics.
Significance in India
India is the third-largest producer of Coconut, and a statutory body regulates the trade under the ministry of agriculture, the Coconut Development Board (CDB). The board has its headquarters in Cochin, and the CDB organizes numerous events on World Coconut Day.