Coconut is considered a beneficial food for its content of mineral salts. It is considered a source of potassium, copper, phosphorus and zinc. It also contains natural sugars, vegetable fibers, amino acids and few vitamins.
Rich in selenium, manganese and copper, dehydrated coconut is an excellent food source, to be included in the daily diet. It is in fact a food with strong antioxidant properties, which protect cells from free radicals and oxidative stress; it also helps the nervous system to function. Rich also in other minerals, such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc , it is thanks to the presence of selenium which coconut becomes a valid ally for the thyroid. There are also amino acids and vitamins, which however are found in greater quantities in fresh coconut; in dry coconut we find mainly B vitamins in modest quantities. It is not a low calorie food, 100 grams of dehydrated coconut contain about 530 calories; not for nothing, it is generally indicated in low-calorie diets only if it replaces other sources of fat, while it is excellent for enriching sportsmen's bars.
Coconut has many qualities, the water contained in the internal, the so-called coconut water, boasts refreshing, diuretic and a little laxative properties. The liquid is also used for the preparation of fermentable drinks, such as palm wines. The pulp, used for food, eaten fresh, is used to extract coconut oil, or for the production of coconut flour. Coconut oil (or margarine), of high economic importance, is obtained from the almond (copra) of the fruit: this is the matrix for the production of oil.