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Health Food of the month - Coconut Flour

February 2018

Coconut Flour

Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Haggis

Mincemeat

Mascarpone


 

Diet & Supplements Index

Waitrose Recipes

Coconut flour may be the new incoming trend

Diets are changing as we become more aware of how food is created and what is good for us. While it can all be confusing, it is also quite exciting. New foods we hadn’t even heard of are now coming into the shops to offer new flavours and experiences and in some cases extra health benefits.

One new item that currently is not in every shop but probably soon will be is coconut flour. This is growing fast in popularity as people learn about its high levels of nutrients, its low calories and how it is very easy to digest. 

To begin with it sounds very weird...and in all fairness the title is a bit of a misnomer.  Coconut flour is actually made from the ground and dried meat of a coconut. This is the rich thick white lining found inside a coconut once the outside green husk is removed.  Once a coconut is opened, the milk is separated and the meat is strained before being baked at a low temperature. This dries it out and creates a powdery flour made entirely of coconut.

Coconut flour is gluten free, which in itself can be of real benefit to all the people with special dietary requirements. It is also a low glycaemic food which means it does not spike blood sugar levels and in fact can help to lower the glycaemic impact and support stable blood sugar levels – so useful for people with diabetes or who are trying to adjust their diets for weight loss or other reasons.

Coconut flour is also high in fibre, protein and healthy fats. A quarter a cup of coconut flour will provide 10 grams of fibre and 4 grams of protein.

The same amount of coconut flour will contain 4 grams of fat. Coconuts are sometimes avoided because their fats are mostly saturated; but the type of fats found in coconut flour is a type called medium-chair triglycerides which offer a number of benefits. They provide energy that is easily used by the body and also offer antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties; they may even boost your metabolism.

A final plus for coconut flour is that it is very easily digestible – it is very uncommon for coconut flour to cause any digestive or autoimmune responses that can be caused by other grain flours.

Using coconut flour is slightly different from using say wheat flour as it absorbs quite a lot of liquid resulting in a softer product.

At the moment you won’t find coconut flour in every shop, although Waitrose is already stocking it, but it is growing fast in popularity so should soon be available more widely.

Some good information about cooking with coconut flour can be found here.

 

 


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