The Health Benefits of Coconut Flour
| Written by Bernice Neai
The coconut is widely used in various cuisines. Be it coconut meat, milk or water, each has its own distinct flavour and taste, and is used in a variety of ways. One coconut product that is gaining in popularity is coconut flour.
What is coconut flour?
Coconut flour is made of dried ground coconut meat. This ‘flour’ contains zero grains and nuts as it is made completely of pure coconut. The coconut meat is strained and separated from the coconut milk, baked at a low temperature and dried to produce a powdery flour made entirely of coconut.
Nutritional Information of Coconut Flour A ¼ cup serving (about 28 g) of coconut flour has:
- 120 calories
- 4g of fat
- 4g of protein
- 10g of fiber
- 16g of carbohydrates
- 2g of sugar
A gluten-free and grain-free alternative to wheat flour is a major attraction. Unlike other flours such as barley, rye and wheat which contain a good amount of gluten, coconut flour is gluten-free and grain-free which makes it a great alternative. People with celiac disease and gluten-intolerant can substitute wheat flour with coconut flour to bake and enjoy delicious dishes and desserts without having to worry about adverse effects.
High In Fibre
What sets apart coconut flour from the others is that it is naturally 75% fibre in composition. Fibre essentially is unable to be absorbed by the body, so when it reaches the digestive tract, it helps to eliminate toxins and waste thus cleansing and detoxing the body. Incorporating coconut flour to your cooking or smoothies is a great way to get the proper fibre you need for a balanced and wholesome diet.
Helps Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
Due to its high fibre content, coconut flour has a lower glycemic sugar index than traditional wheat flour, thus not causing a spike in blood sugar levels.
Promotes Healthy Digestive System
Coconut flour has a high nutrient density which benefits the digestive system and also promotes a healthy heart. It has been shown that coconut flour has the ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels, and coconut fats fight the candida yeast that grows within the digestive tract. This builds immunity, promotes gut health and fights harmful bacteria.
If you’re ready for a change from the traditional mix of odd flours, thickeners, harsh additives and exotic gum, why not give coconut flour a go? Utilise it in your cooking and baking, and you’ll have yourself a naturally healthier dishes!