I would seem that coconut and other tropical oils were vilified for many years due to their high content of saturated fat. This played nicely into the anti saturated fat mania that was fueled by our producers of soybean and corn oils, who naturally, wanted the American public to use their polyunsaturated oils vs. those demon imported tropical oils.
Durk Pearson pointed out years ago, in his book Life Extension, that people living in areas where coconut constituted a large portion of their diet did not suffer from high incidence of coronary artery disease.
We are now beginning to see (as has been pointed out in this thread) that these oils may confer many health benefits. Note that Biotest uses palm and palm kernel oil in Grow Bars.
I’d have to think that eating raw coconut would be fine, although not as concentrated a source of the beneficial components as the pure oil. And, just think of the workout you’d get just busting the damn thing open.
Our friend, the somewhat radical, Dr. Mercola has some info on his site.