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CRAVING FOR COCONUT LADDU/ THENGAI LADDU

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Kongu people believe that the coconut is a superfood since very ancient times. They add the coconut in each and every meal they cooked daily.
Coconut is a very versatile and indispensable food item for kongu people. It is a complete food rich in calories, vitamins and minerals. A medium size coconut carries 400 gm edible kernel and some 30 to 150 ml of water may provide almost all the daily needed essential minerals energy of an average man. 100 gms of kernel consists of 354 calories. The important saturated fatty acid in the coconut is lauric acid (1:12 carbon fatty acid). Lauric acid increases good cholesterol levels in the blood. HDL is high-density lipoprotein, which has beneficial effects on the coronary arteries by preventing vessel blockage (atherosclerosis). Physicians recommend high HDK to total cholesterol levels in the blood for the same reason.
The kernel is an excellent source of minerals such as copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and zinc.
It is also a very good so…