Eating too many coconuts can be very harmful to our heart and increases the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat, atherosclerosis etc. because of the high amount of saturated fats present in coconut. Around 90 percent of the total fat present in coconut is saturated fat and eating too much of saturated fats can increase the blood cholesterol level in our body and give rise to cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, atherosclerosis etc. It is important to note that coconut becomes a problem for our heart only when to eat them too much but if we are eating them in moderation then it can help in keeping cholesterol level under control by decreasing bad cholesterol level and increasing good cholesterol level ( because of the presence of medium chain triglycerides ) . According to American Heart Association, saturated fats should not make more than 7 percent of daily calories need of our body ( which is around 16 grams of saturated fats for a person on a 2000 calories diet ) It has been found that eating a single serving of dried coconut can provide 100 percent of the total saturated fat required by our body.
Coconut is a good source of dietary fibers and eating a single serving of one ounce of dried unsweetened coconut provides around 4.6 grams of dietary fiber ( which is around 12 to 18 percent of the recommended daily need for fiber ) . The dietary fiber present in coconut is good for our stomach as it helps in keeping our digestive system healthy by providing relief from constipation and other stomach problems. However, it is important to note that dietary fiber can be a problem to the individuals who in general eat a diet low in dietary fibers and whose stomach are not habitual of digesting dietary fibers. These individuals may face problems like diarrhea, gas, abdominal bloating. This side effect of coconut can easily be controlled by eating coconut in a very small quantity and gradually increasing the quantity ( but still keeping it within moderate quantity ) . Eating too much fiber can also cause problems like gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, dehydration and even weight gain and for this reason, also it is important to eat coconut in moderate quantity ( this applies even to healthy individuals who don’t face any trouble consuming food rich in dietary fibers )