Coconut - Nut, Seed or Fruit Coconut what is it? Is it a nut, seed, or a fruit. The coconut that one sees in the store in Western countries is not what one sees on the tree in the tropics where it is grown. There are a few layers to the coconut: exocarp, mesocarp, and the endocarp. In Western stores the exocarp and mesocarp have been removed. What makes the coconut had to understand is that when it is young it acts like a fruit, as it matures it starts to look more like a nut. Historically the coconut from the view of botanists has been classified as a seed, but in the year 2006 the United States Food and Drug Administration classified it as a tree nut. The correct way to classify a living organism is based upon its growth mechanism, behavior, attributes, and reproductive methods. When another method is used this is an indication of a potential hidden agenda that is not based upon the scientific method. Based upon this I have concluded that the coconut is a seed. It contains a great deal of energy that is able to sustain the coconut plant for several weeks. There is a concentration of energy and life that is within the coconut. Our bodies have been designed to get nourishment from the world that is around us. The benefits of various foods have been documented in different ways that range from: scientific study to personal observation. There have been some incredible reports of the benefits of people who ingest cold pressed coconut oil a medium-chain triglycerides. The brain provides a great example of this. The body turns carbohydrates into glucose and this is what typically powers the brain. There is an alternate source of energy that the brain uses and it is a type of fat cell called a ketone. Dr. Mary Newport (medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital) husband Steve was suffering a severe case of Alzheimer's disease. His case was so bad and he had deteriorated to the point that he was rejected for clinical trials of potential drugs. Steve had gotten to the point that he forgot how to even use a spoon. Knowing that coconut oil had medium-chain triglycerides that the body would convert into ketones she tried giving her husband coconut oil seven teaspoons a day and remarkably was able to see improvement on the first day. After 37 days Steve had a remarkable improvement. Over time his improvement continued and after a year is able to run again and to recall telephone conversations correctly. There is a study that indicates that the usage of coconut oil increases the blood flow to the cerebral region of the brain by 39%. The benefits do not stop there. Since coconut oil is a medium length oil it is metabolized by the body easily and provides a quick source of energy. There have been numerous reports that coconut oil strengthens and increases liver function. This is due to the medium length chain fat that coconut oil is. Many people make the mistake of cooking with olive oil. This is covered in another article as to why this is something that should not be done. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point and as such is a better oil to cook with on a medium heat, to prevent it from becoming overheated. My personal observation of using coconut oil indicates a boost to the overall level of energy, and a more active liver. There may have been a decrease in endurance however, this last item is an unexpected observation and I need to test this more. For anyone with issues related to overall energy, toxicity, brain or liver function one should consider the benefits of coconut oil.