I like to enjoy coconut in any shape and to add it to every recipe - sweet or savory.
Here are some interesting facts about this awsome fruit
Although coconut meat is high in fat, the MCTs it contains may help you lose excess body fat. The meat also provides carbs and protein along with many essential minerals, such as manganese, copper, iron, and selenium.
Eating coconut may improve cholesterol levels and help decrease belly fat, which is a risk factor for heart disease.
Coconut is low in carbs and rich in amino acids, healthy fats, and fiber, making it a great choice for blood sugar control.
Coconuts contain polyphenol antioxidants that can protect your cells from damage, which may reduce your disease risk.
Coconut is versatile in the kitchen and works well in both sweet and savory foods. It’s a great choice for those on low-carb, paleo, gluten-free, or nut-free diets. Both fresh and dried coconut meat can be used in a variety of dishes, such as cooked grains, smoothies, and oatmeal. Look for unsweetened or raw products to minimize your sugar intake.
The nutrition facts for 1 cup (80 grams) of fresh, shredded coconut meat are:
Protein: 3 grams
Carbs: 10 grams
Fat: 27 grams
Sugar: 5 grams
Fiber: 7 grams
Manganese: 60% of the Daily Value (DV)
Selenium: 15% of the DV
Copper: 44% of the DV
Phosphorus: 13% of the DV
Potassium: 6% of the DV
Iron: 11% of the DV
Zinc: 10% of the DV