Here we shares tips on how one can be fit and fine with an element of coconut in the diet.

Coconut water:
The juice is now marketed as a highly hydrating fluid. It has less sugar than fruit juices and more minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium. These properties are great as a post-workout drink if you've only been doing moderate exercise, but there isn't enough protein or carbohydrate if you're undergoing vigorous exercise of over one hour.

Coconut oil: This is becoming increasingly popular and can be used for roasting and baking.

Coconut sugar: This can be used instead of sugar in baking. It may be a healthier alternative to traditional granulated sugar; however it is still an energy-dense food-type which should only be used on special occasions.

Coconut yoghurt: This is a fairly new dairy-free alternative, great for those who are lactose-intolerant and who fancy a change from the soya varieties. It is much higher in fat than both natural dairy yoghurt and soya yoghurts, but also much lower in carbohydrates.

Fresh coconut as a snack: Fresh coconut flesh is delicious, full of vitamins and minerals and goes really well in a smoothie. Enjoy as a snack but go easy on your portion sizes a typical snack pack (100g) of fresh coconut pieces contains 271 kcal compared to just 50 kcal in a 100g fresh fruit pot.


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