How Coconut Promotes Gut Health

Fiber Feeds Your Flora

Your body is home many different bacteria and micro-flora, most of which are beneficial, collectively called the micro-biome. In fact it is estimated that your body is home to as many bacteria cells as human cells. Science is just beginning to unravel the complex relationship between humans and our micro-biome but to the best of our current understanding the our micro-flora play a crucial in everything from digestion to production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin. Our diet greatly influences the composition and health of our micro-biome. Most beneficial micro-flora rely on fermentable dietary fiber such as inulin contained in coconut meat and the short chain fatty acids it produces for fuel while harmful bacteria such as candida burn sugars. Eating starchy or sugary foods can cause an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, crowding out the beneficial micro-flora. The US government dietary guidelines recommends at least 25g of dietary fiber per day, some nutrition expert recommend even more, but the average American consumes only about half the recommended amount. Our coconut chips are a good source of dietary fiber with 3g of fiber per 20g serving.

Lauric Acid Controls Harmful Pathogens

Coconut also helps maintain a healthy digestive system in a different way. The medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut, particularly lauric acid which makes up half of the fats in coconut, can dissolve the outer shells of lipid coated bacteria and viruses which destroys these harmful pathogens. H. pylori can cause stomach ulcers and candida albicans is a cause of leaky gut syndrome are just two examples of lipid coated bacteria that lauric acid is effective at controlling. Reducing the overgrowth of these and other negative microbes in another way that coconut contributes to a healthy digestive system.