Coconut is a food that provides a health benefit over and beyond the basic nutrients. Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty acid which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal monoglyceride used by the human body to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylon and protozoa such as giardia lambia.
Eating coconuts helps people stay healthy. For example, people who are sick with diarrhea drink coconut water to replenish fluids and minerals which have been lost.
In emergencies docotrs have used coconut water as an intravenus fluid.
Fermented coconut is good food for pregnant women because it supplies vitamins they need. Also coconut cream is an energy food: it is a good addition to baby foods as a small amount provides much energy.