Impressive Benefits of Coconut

It’s used for its water, milk, oil, and tasty meat.

Coconuts have been grown in tropical regions for more than 4,500 years but recently increased in popularity for their flavor, culinary uses, and potential health benefits (1).

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Unlike many other fruits that are high in carbs, coconuts provide mostly fat (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source).

They also contain protein, several important minerals, and small amounts of B vitamins. However, they’re not a significant source of most other vitamins (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).

The minerals in coconut are involved in many functions in your body. Coconuts are especially high in manganese, which is essential for bone health and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol (8Trusted Source).

They’re also rich in copper and iron, which help form red blood cells, as well as selenium, an important antioxidant that protects your cells.

Here are the nutrition facts for 1 cup (100 grams) of raw and dried coconut meat (5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source):

Much of the fat in coconut is in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) (9Trusted Source, 10Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source).

Your body metabolizes MCTs differently than other types of fats, absorbing them directly from your small intestine and rapidly using them for energy (12Trusted Source, 13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source).

One review on the benefits of MCTs in people with obesity found these fats may promote body fat loss when eaten in place of long-chain saturated fats from animal foods (14Trusted Source).Types of coconut products

The raw white meat inside a coconut is referred to as the kernel. It has a firm texture and delicious, slightly sweet flavor (2).

If you have a whole coconut, you can scrape the raw meat out of the shell and eat it. In its processed form, you’ll usually find it sliced, shaved, or grated (2, 3).

Coconut milk and cream are made by pressing the raw, grated meat (2, 3).

Dried coconut meat is usually grated or shaved and used in cooking or baking. It can be further processed and ground into flour (2, 3).

Coconut oil is also extracted from the meat (2, 3, 4Trusted Source). Read More

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