Coconut are high in special fats called MCT’s that make energizing ketones better than any known fat. Their fats are rich and slightly sweet – so you get all the flavor and none of the guilt.
Few plants have done more for humans that the coconut. In Malay, the coconut is known as pokok seribu guna, "the tree of a thousand uses." In the Philippines, it’s the Tree of Life.
Coconuts are nature’s swiss army knife – every bit of it is valuable to humans.
The white flesh is nourishing food. The water is a revitalizing drink. The milk feeds livestock and the oil rejuvenates skin and hair.
Fiber from the husks makes ropes. The leaves make baskets and roofing. And the palmwood builds homes and canoes.
The roots are even medicine. You’ve heard of whole animal, now meet whole plant.
Coconut first appeared thousands of years ago in Southeast Asia. They were buoyant and could brave the seas. Eventually they washed up on beaches all over the globe.
With European navigators, they conquered the world.
From Madagascar to the Caribbean, coconut trees are now the symbol of paradise. They are nature’s colonizers – and to each population, they brought sustenance and livelihood.
It was Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama who named the coconut. His name came from the Portuguese word coco, which means monkey face. They saw the coconut’s three round indentations as two eyes and a mouth – and fibers on top as hair.
Coconut continues to be a way of life for Southeast Asia populations, both as consumers and harvesters. Over 85% of the world’s supply comes from Indonesia and the Philippine’s.
Coconut harvesting is a labor-intensive and dangerous business. Falling coconuts kill 150 people each year. In Sumatra, farmers have even trained monkeys to climb the trees and harvest coconuts.
Not only do coconuts keep these communities alive, they keep them thriving. The Vedda communities in Sri Lanka eat 120 whole coconuts per year, or 60% of their caloric intake. And they have the lowest rate of heart disease in the world. In the United States, the heart disease rate is 280 times higher.
Pure coconut oil is the #1 ingredient in our coffee and matcha. And for a food that has kept societies thriving for thousands of years, we wouldn’t have it any other way.