Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). 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
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. Coconuts contain polyphenol antioxidants that can protect your cells from damage, which may reduce your disease risk.