Coconut is a wholesome fruit or better say a seed because it contains the reproductive part of the Coconut Tree. Coconut and coconut oil has been a potential source of health and nutrition for ages.
Even though, the applications of coconut to health promotion and disease prevention have received wide publicity, some of these claims are not fully proved.
However, the ketogenic, glycemic, and atherogenic properties of coconut have been studied and found that it is beneficial to consume traditional edible fats such as coconut oil along with polyunsaturated fats to reduce the omega-6 intake and maintain an optimum omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in the diet.
Results from various studies have indicated that the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial action and that the medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in human milk and have similar nutritional effects.
Fresh coconut water is a natural electrolyte solution for intravenous replacement therapy. Coconut water, as extracted fresh and collected from green immature coconuts, has higher potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphate, and glucose content than human plasma, but lower content of sodium, chloride, and protein.
While there are many good effects, coconut and its properties can cause skin allergies in some people either when consumed or applied. But, outweighing all the bad sides, coconut finds a very good place in our diet, health and beauty products.