Is Grated Coconut Good for Acid Reflux? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Grated coconut is good for acid reflux. Because it has lauric acid and fiber, which can reduce inflammation and improve digestion, and it is a fruit, which is alkaline and can neutralize stomach acid.

Acid reflux is a condition that affects your esophagus, the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach.

In acid reflux, your stomach acid flows back up into your esophagus, causing irritation and inflammation.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heartburn, chest pain, nausea, regurgitation, and difficulty swallowing.

One of the key factors in managing acid reflux is diet.

What you consume can affect your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscle that prevents stomach acid from escaping, which can impact your acid reflux symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage acid reflux, you should consume alkaline-rich foods like bananas, melons, and leafy greens, and avoid acidic-rich foods like tomatoes, onions, garlic, coffee, tea, and chocolate.

Now, grated coconut is the shredded flesh of a mature coconut.

People usually use grated coconut as an ingredient in various dishes, such as curries, desserts, and salads.

Grated coconut is good for acid reflux because it contains lauric acid, which has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.

Lauric acid can help reduce inflammation and promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria, which can improve your digestive health and prevent acid reflux symptoms.

One ounce of grated coconut can give you 18 grams of fat, 7 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and 1 gram of sugar.

It can also provide you with 4% of your daily calcium, 3% of your daily iron, and 2% of your daily potassium.

Lauric acid can positively affect acid reflux by reducing inflammation and fighting harmful bacteria in your gut.

Fiber can positively affect acid reflux by aiding digestion and preventing constipation, which can worsen acid reflux symptoms.

Fat can negatively affect acid reflux by relaxing the LES and increasing stomach pressure, which can cause acid reflux symptoms.

Sugar can negatively affect acid reflux by feeding harmful bacteria in your gut, which can produce gas and acid, and trigger acid reflux symptoms.

Furthermore, grated coconut is a fruit and fruits are good for acid reflux.

Because, fruits are generally alkaline, which can help neutralize stomach acid and prevent acid reflux symptoms.

You can eat one ounce of grated coconut per day safely.

More than that can cause weight gain, high cholesterol, and increased acid reflux symptoms.

Also, you shouldn’t eat grated coconut if you have a coconut allergy or intolerance to prevent an allergic reaction or digestive distress.

Because, an allergic reaction or digestive distress can cause inflammation and worsen acid reflux symptoms.

You can buy fresh coconut in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose organic, unsweetened, and unprocessed coconut.

Because, organic coconut is free of pesticides and chemicals, unsweetened coconut is low in sugar and calories, and unprocessed coconut is high in nutrients and flavor.

You can store grated coconut in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing acid reflux effectively.

I always recommend my acid reflux patients to follow an acid reflux-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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