Coconut health benefits have been getting lots of attention in recent years. While there was a panic at one point about the high level of saturated fat in coconuts, studies have shown that there isn’t as definitive a link between saturated fat and heart disease as researchers once thought.
While much of the saturated fat we consume in our diets is made up of long-chain fatty acids, the saturated fat in coconuts is made of medium-chain fatty acids, which go to the liver to provide a quick source of energy or are turned into ketones; and some research indicates that ketogenic diets have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
Also, the fatty acids in coconuts (specifically lauric acid and its derivative monolaurin) can kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. But even when it comes to “good fats,” keep in mind that too much of a good thing is probably not a good thing — a healthy lifestyle is always about balance.
Raw coconut meat is an excellent source of dietary fiber and manganese, a mineral that is responsible for strong bones, healthy skin, and blood sugar control. Manganese also helps protect against free radical damage. Coconuts can even make you feel fuller so you’re less tempted to eat more than you should at mealtimes.
Source: eReplacementParts.com blog
Contributed by Nicola Brown
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