Due to coconut's high levels of saturated fat, nutritionists used to caution against consuming too much of the fruit. So why the recent change? Scientists discovered that coconut is composed mainly of medium-chain triglycerides, a easily digestible form of saturated fat. Medium-chain fatty acids may not carry the same risks as other kinds of saturated fats found in butter and most other oils, which are long-chain fatty acids. (6) Coconut is also one of the highest natural sources of electrolytes. New research has proven that coconut water offers similar rehydration benefits as water and sports drinks.
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