Coconut varieties are being used as detoxes—but don't bother.
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But yogurt that contains quality probiotics can add helpful bacteria to support gut health. And while Greek and Icelandic versions generally have more protein and fewer calories compared to coconut, warns Katzie Guy-Hamilton, director of food and beverage at Equinox, the latter is a dairy-free option that provides vitamins and minerals, such as B-12, Vitamin D, and magnesium. "Coconut is also high in medium chain triglycerides, a healthy saturated fat that can be beneficial to immunity and good cholesterol," adds Bethany Snodgrass, operations manager at the Equinox Fitness Training Institute in New York City and a holistic health coach.
Athletes should promote healthy gut diversity by eating a range of foods such as high-quality yogurts (including non-dairy versions) and cultured vegetables like kraut or kimchi, says Koff. But, she underscores the need for a well-balanced diet that emphasizes whole foods and fresh produce.