At an immature stage, the fruit (water coconut) contains mainly water and a little jellylike meat instead of the hard, white flesh found in mature coconuts. Immature green nuts are usually sold trimmed and shaped, without the husk, dipped in 1 to 3% sodium meta-bisulfite for 2 to 5 min and then wrapped in plastic film.
The edible white flesh of the mature coconut is often shredded and used in food and confections or for the extraction of coconut oil.
Coconut can be considered a fruit or a nut, although it is most commonly referred to as a drupe. Coconut oil is high in saturated fats and should be considered solid fat when it comes to its nutritional value.
Coconut is also high in dietary fiber, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Coconut nanoparticles could be used in lactobacilli fortified beverages in food industry (PMID: 26761828)
The consumption of coconut flour as a part of hypoenergetic diet could promote a drop in glucose and total cholesterol levels. (PMID: 26545655)