Known in tropics as “The Tree of Life”, the coconut tree (Cocos Nucifera) and its nut have become widely popular in developed and developing consumer markets for their numerous consumer-based applications and food and health-based benefits.
Able to outlive any man who plants it, the coconut tree’s ability to supply an abundance of essential nutrients has earned it the titles of ‘Jewel of the Tropics’, and the ‘King of Trees’. Each component of the coconut, from husk and fiber to its natural extracts has an extremely valuable route to market, which contributes to the increasing value of the crop.
One of the Most Refreshing and Nutritious Drinks in the World
Ten years ago, while coconut water was ubiquitous in tropical countries like Brazil, India and across Southeast Asia, it was barely known by the West where packaged coconut water brands were non-existent. Now, the sweet, refreshing and nutrient-packed water is growing into a US$1 billion global industry.
Based on its composite elements, coconut water is the second purest drinking liquid after water. Coconuts have natural hydrating qualities and nutritional benefits. It has zero fat content, is low in cholesterol and calories and is particularly rich in electrolytes such as calcium, potassium, sodium and magnesium. All of these components are important to the human’s health especially by helping to regulate blood volume, nutrient absorption and normal growth.
The Global Appetite for Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, a stable and well-established commodity, has been traded globally for more than fifty years. Extracted from the dried white flesh of the coconut, coconut oil is a multi-purpose liquid that can be used as a cholesterol cutting cooking oil, health care product and biofuel feedstock.
Proven to speed up metabolism and known to be fantastic for weight loss it is also suitable for endurance-based events. Coconut oil is one of the best sources of heart-healthy medium-chain fatty acids, which speed up our metabolism, encourage weight loss and develop higher endurance. The lauric acid in coconut oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties that are used for treating different viral infections such as colds, flus and bronchitis.
Purifying the Environment with Activated Carbon
Given its strong absorption abilities, high carbon content and porous nature, coconut shells are the ideal activated carbon raw material.
Long used as the major components in industrial and commercial emissions control, activated carbon is mainly used in air purification, water treatment, food and beverage processing and in the medical and pharmaceutical industries.