Coconut is a very satisfying food, it would be nearly impossible to eat a whole coconut. The rich supply of saturated fats is the main reason. Coconut contains 32 g of fat with 30 g as saturated fats, with no polyunsaturated fats and 2 g mono fats. Ideally, saturated fats are best avoided as they raise blood cholesterol levels. The only saving grace is that coconut is eaten raw and therefore the ‘free radical’ problem is eliminated. If you were marooned on a tropical island and coconut was the only food for two weeks, you may actually get less saturated fats than the average city dweller reliant on take- away foods.

Coconut also provides a great supply of very beneficial fibre 9 g, stacks more than take away foods. Coconut fibre can destroy tapeworms from ingested, infected meat and it is an ideal snack for protection against constipation.

Coconut milk is used for relief from stomach ulcers and sore throats in traditional tropical treatments. Half the battle in the city, is to find a fresh coconut, one that has not been allowed to ferment, but, is ripe. The taste from a quality coconut is so great, ‘lucky’ it’s hard to eat large quantities.

Coconut supply a fair amount of potassium 356 mg and a good supply of beneficial organic sodium 20 mg