We bought a 350g jar of Tiana Raw Organic Coconut from Holland and Barratt for £9.99. I wanted something good because it was for someone with cancer. The reviews on their website were very commending. Not only is the coconut organic but it is also a free trade product. For these reasons I bought the coconut product.
The coconut goes hard in the fridge with a powdery layer on the top. You are supposed to take the jar out of the fridge and put it in a pan of hot water for 15 minutes to make it soft before you cook with it. My wife doesn’t follow this advice, instead she gets a knife and carves out some of the coconut and puts it in the cooking.
The smell is delicious with the natural aroma of coconut. The flavour by itself of the coconut is rich and full with a lingering coconut taste. It is like a dairy product, but not greasy. The taste of coconut flesh never ceases to surprise my palate. I rate this product quite highly.
The coconut not only tastes good but it can also be used for many dishes and drinks. It has 68.8g of fat of which 65.7g are the good saturated type (high in medium chain triglycerides). This is as much coconut oil as coconut flesh.
My only criticism would be that £10 for 350g is too expensive. This is balanced by the claims to no GMO, no pesticides, no cholesterol, no artificial colours, no preservatives, no sugar, no starch, no salt and no artificial preservatives. Not to mention fair prices to the farmers. Still this makes the product a luxury and not something that you would want to get through in a week. Indeed we have had our jar for a couple of months already.
Coconut to Fight Cancer
As you can read elsewhere on this site, coconut oil has experimental data to suggest it is beneficial in the fight against cancer. Lim-Sylianco carried out the first ground breaking experiment with rats that were injected with breast and colon cancer – only 3% of the rats fed on coconut oil developed cancerous cells.
The person who I bought it for (my wife) probably doesn’t eat enough of Tiana Organic Coconut to make much of a health impact. We are placing our faith far more on the efficacy of chemo therapy, despite of the debilitating side effects.
Nevertheless superstition is the root of belief and magic. Any magic help we can get we are eager to try, even for £10.
Cooking with Tiana Organic Coconut
My wife has used the raw coconut in the following ways:
- In mushy peas. It gives the peas a rich taste and made our 3-year-old eat some greens
- Stir fried with chicken to make chicken and coconut soup. I liked this one
- On toast. My wife tried this. She said it tasted OK, but that it was hard to spread
- With boiled vegetables. Adding instead of butter on just boiled and drained vegetables
There must be hundreds of more ways of bringing this product into the normal diet of a family with a young child.
To sum up, Tiana Organic Coconut is an excellent product that can be used in several ways to improve your general health. There is evidence to suggest that making coconut oil part of your regular diet can help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Whether it can be bought cheaper than £10 from a shop other than Holland Barrett is key in my decision as to if I buy this product again.