Coconuts are one of the most nutritious of all fruits, but unfortunately in the United States they are also one of the most overlooked. Coconuts are not a traditional part of the American diet, but have been a staple food to many populations, such as island, African and Asian cultures, for centuries.
The liquid of the Sweet Young Coconut can be combined with the flesh to make refreshingly sweet coconut milk for tropical drinks, puddings, sauces, stews, and soups. Or simply add the coconut meat to fruit salads, dessert recipes, and curries.
Raw coconut is rich in medium-chain triglycerides, a type of dietary fat that may encourage weight loss. Raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber, with one cup of shredded meat yielding 7 grams, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. Several substances in raw coconut may boost immune function and help your body fight disease. According to Coconut Connections, specific fats found in coconut meat--including caprylic, capric and lauric fatty acids--are antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal, helping to bolster your immune system and destroy pathogens. A serving of fresh coconut meat provides high levels of several minerals, helping you increase the nutritional value of your diet.