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Health benefits of coconut

June 9, 2017
Oatbox presents the health benefits of coconut

Contrary to what one could think,  coconut is not actually a nut, but the core of the coconut fruit (much to the pleasure of people dealing with a nut allergy!). The term coconut refers to the edible white part of the fruit, which is also known as copra. By grinding this tasty part and mixing it with boiling water, you obtain coconut milk - which is not to be confused with coconut water, that is naturally found inside the coconut!

Oatbox presents the health benefits of coconut
Oatbox presents the health benefits of coconut

Rich in fiber and minerals

Coconut, when eaten fresh or dried, is rich in dietary fiber, in addition to being an interesting source of several minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. It is naturally low in sugar, unless you opt for a commercial version in which sugar has been added. However, it is possible to find dried unsweetened coconut in most grocery stores for a healthier option!

 

What about its fat content?

The lipid content of coconut is not insignificant considering that more than one-third of its weight comes from fat, 89% of which is in the form of saturated fat. This is rather rare in the plant kingdom, as saturated fats are found almost exclusively in animal products. Lipids are essential to life and they are an integral part of a healthy and varied diet, but it remains essential to limit its consumption of saturated fat in order to maintain adequate blood cholesterol!

Oatbox presents the health benefits of coconut

In conclusion

Coconut brings an exotic and delicious taste to several recipes and can definitely be part of a healthy diet when consumed in moderation. With regard to coconut oil and coconut sugar, it should be kept in mind that even if they come from a more natural source, they are still to be consumed sparingly to increase the flavor of dishes!


About Alexe Foodie

Nutritionist/dietitian specializing in sports nutrition, Alexandra Pépin is currently completing a master's degree in exercise physiology. Passionate about sports and culinary art, Alexandra is a foodie for whom eating well is just as important as having fun doing so. The name of her blog, Alexe Foodie, comes from that passion.

Through mouth-watering recipes and articles about food news, she offers a nutritional approach based on science. Little by little, Alexe Foodie would like to revolutionize the world of nutrition one fork at a time!

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