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Coconut trees belong to the palm family, and are found in many tropical areas. There is some dispute as to the native origins of the coconut palm, as the fruit can float long distances in the sea, but it is generally accepted to have been originally native to the Indo-Pacific area.

Coconut oil and coconut milk are both very beneficial to health, but did you know that coconut "meat" is also nutritious in its own right?

Coconut meat is a staple part of the diet for many people in tropical areas. Coconut meat is very high in saturated fats, which you might think is a bad thing – but these are medium-chain triglycerides, which are immediately converted by the body into energy rather than being stored as fat.

Medium-chain triglycerides are also converted by the body into ketones, which are known to have neuroprotective effects. Incidents of heart disease and degenerative brain disease are very low in parts of the world where coconut meat is regularly consumed.

The manganese found in coconut meat can help to support the immune system and also promotes healthy blood sugar levels. Coconut meat is also a good source of potassium and copper.

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