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What is coconut fiber?

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Coconut fiber is a fibrous material found in the fibrous husk (mesocarp) of the coconut (Cocos nucifera) of the coconut palm, which belongs to the palm family (Palmae). Due to its high lignin and low cellulose content, coconut fiber is durable and strong.

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Coconut fiber has many health uses and benefits, especially as a food product. Coconut fiber has some of the highest percentage of fiber among carbohydrates, which is approximately 71 percent of its carbohydrate content. This fiber helps in preventing constipation and promoting intestinal health, weight loss, nutrient absorption and cancer-related benefits. The fiber also helps in the expulsion of parasites from the gut. Coconut fiber can also be used for the potting plants.

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