Coconut

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What Are the Potential Health Benefits of Coconut?

As you can see, coconut is actually a great source of digestion-friendly and satiating fiber, notes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines. You’ll also get vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.  (4) About half of the saturated fat in coconut comes from lauric acid, which can help raise levels of heart-protective HDL (“good”) cholesterol. (12) (Unfortunately, it increases more harmful LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, too.) In the context of a healthy diet, there’s nothing wrong with using small amounts of coconut oil, but it shouldn’t be the only oil you use.

Coconut water offers a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps balance sodium levels in the body and regulate blood pressure. (13) But the idea that coconut water is more hydrating than plain water or is a superior postworkout drink is largely a myth, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (14)

As for coconut flour, which is dried, ground coconut meat, it has 5 g of fiber in just 2 tbsp, making it an impressive replacement for traditional white flour, especially for those following a gluten-free diet.

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