Coconut nectar: The newest craze
By: Gemma C. Delmo
Following the popularity of virgin coconut oil in the market, another coconut by-product is out to captivate Filipino health buffs- the coconut nectar. Discovered by Dr. Gerino Macias, a scientist based in Ormoc City, Leyte, the coconut nectar or coco-nectar is an all-natural food supplement made from coconut extracts with all the guaranteed nutrients a body needs. Containing 24 amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and growth hormones, these nutrients are said to strengthen our immune system and a therapeutic at the same time. With no preservatives, chemicals and sugar, the coco nectar, which looks and tastes like coco jam, can be safely consumed (1 spoon daily) by both children and adults.
The coco nectar itself is not new. What makes it novel is the natural and innovative way of extracting the sap from the coconut tree. “The apparatus that naturally secreted by the sap from the coconut trees was the real discovery,” says William Gallofin, a coco-nectar distributor in Metro, Manila. “Dr. Macias invented an apparatus similar that of a honeybee. The bee, when processing honey, lets the nectar pass through its stomach and when it comes out, the nectar is already made into honey. The same apparatus does the same. The machine extracts thenectar or the sap from the tree and as it passes through the machine, the water is separated from the nectar. When it comes out, it is already concentrated no further processes needed.”
Gallofin adds that since coco-nectar does not contain any preservatives or chemicals, it doesn’t expire.” Actually, the longer the period, the more it becomes effective,” he says. “We have some stocks here that have been around for six years yet it doesn’t become rancid. The process that it has been through plus the coconut’s natural contents make the coco nectar lasts for a long, long time.”
Apart from being a food alternative, it can also be a good substitute to sugar, especially those suffering from diabetes. Gallofin relates a story of a man with diabetes who, after taking coco nectar, incredibly decreased his blood sugar count. ‘He was having a hard time with his disease and when I recommended him the coco nectar, he was reluctant because he knew it was sweet. I told him that the coco nectar is all-natural and doe not contain sugar and taking it daily will be good for him. He was finally persuaded to buy one. To his amazement, only after a few weeks,his blood sugar has gone down. Even his doctor was astonished by his progress. He consumes at least a spoonful daily and his condition is now better than before.” Aside from diabetes, the coco nectar had been proven to give temporary amd/or permanent relief from some illnesses such as heart and kidney ailments, Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, goiter, tonsillitis, hepatitis, stroke, gastritis, migraine, arthritis, insomnia and many others.
The coco-nectar is the first of its kind in the world and Gallofin aspires to reach international markets soon. “The world market now is a health-conscious market and I am sure that coco-nectar will be a household name around the world. This is a futuristic food; you can be satisfied just by taking this alone. I’ve tried not eating for three days and I was only taking coconut nectar, but I did not go weary. This is a perfect food supplement and I’m certain that with the right marketing strategies as well as full support from the government, the coconut nectar will be the next big thing on the health and food industries globally.”
The proliferation of coco nectar will also spell additional income for the poor coconut farmers in the countryside, according to Gallofin. Says he, “We have supplied 65 percent coconut to the world market and we are really rich in natural resources when it comes to coconuts but our farmers, in contrast, are really poor. That’s why we really need efficient funding and research for our coconut sector because we have so much to offer with the crop. The coco-nectar is one big development for the coconut industry and with this, we can reverse the trend. Instead of farmers coming here to Manila to work, city people will now come to theprovinces because there will be lands to farm with, therefore, jobs will be available in the rural areas. Rural folks need not squeeze themselves in congested cities just to get work and their farm places will now be their source of income.”
Source: MARID Agribusiness