And Why You Should Add This Tasty Flour to Your Diet Today!
Coconut flour’s big claim to fame is not only that it is a child of the world’s best superfood, coconut, but that it is certainly gluten free. “So,” some people may say, “What is so bad about gluten?” Let me count the ways…
Gluten usually comes with a few of his friends, whether they be other reactive proteins that the body doesn’t respond well to (look up “grain brain” for example) or the other chemicals that make those flours bad news to the average person’s health. Flour containing gluten just don’t digest well, thereby causing inflammation, which is the body’s worst enemy. Even for those who aren’t explicitly celiacs or actively allergic to gluten will not digest gluten well because that is just it’s nature. A good rule, then, for the healthy who want to stay healthy: limit gluten. In fact, for those who are allergic (tests are not always 100% accurate, by the way), it makes sense to get your coconut flour from a dedicated-coconut facility (i.e. one where only coconuts are processed, and not wheat, soy, nuts, or GMOs).
2. Lots of Dietary Fiber: Indigestible, Like You Want It!
Ironically, while many people associate something like (wheat) pizza or pasta with indigestion, the health enthusiast will actually embrace the indigestible nature of coconut flour. This indigestible fiber, while digesting enough to give the body it’s healthy fat and protein, for starters, helps push out the toxins and little creatures that don’t belong in your body’s biome. In other words, it’s great for detox. We have too much to say about detox to say it here, but people who consistently detox are not good candidates for autoimmune disorders, heart disease, obesity, cancer, diabetes, or the like. Cleaning out the old chimney is a great way to prevent the old homestead from burning to the ground, so make detoxification of your body a priority, especially while you are still healthy.
In fact, a study published in the December 2006 issue of Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies, proves that adding coconut flour to one’s diet can significantly reduce the risk of developing heart disease, lowering bad cholesterol levels and safeguarding the body from cancer and diabetes. The researchers in this study claim that these benefits stem from coconut flour’s unusually high levels of dietary fiber (a 100 gram serving of it contains a whopping 39 grams of fiber, almost double that of wheat bran). Just 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flour a day can help adults reach their recommended daily fiber intake of between 20-35 grams. Adding coconut flour gravies, curries, baked goods, casseroles, smoothies, or yogurt is an easy way to get this delicious treat in.
Okay, though coconut flour may not be as fun as having your own Chia Pet, the fact that this flour from a coconut is dessicated (dried) creates a unique benefit. No, it won’t grow out of your pores or your ears, but it will fill your stomach! For the disciplined dieter who might feel torn at the thought (or even the event!) of lap band surgery, coconut flour literally fills the role by expanding to make you feel more satiated. Coconut flour treats are nothing like potato chips: true, they are tasty, but you won’t eat the equivalent of a bag and salivate for more since you will feel fairly full after the second or third helping. This is how this wonderful flour works it magic in healthy weight management. The body knows when it’s there, so you naturally eat less calories.
4. High In Beneficial Fats
Remember the ancient tale of the man who ate fat and then got fat? Though it may seem counterintuitive, those using the ketogenic diet (and even the Atkin’s Diet) have a good point: fat usually makes you thin, not fat! Of course the key is to keep carbs down and eat an otherwise balanced diet to get the desired effect, but the body does need fat, even some saturated fats. A more refined understanding of the danger or fat, or fats, is to keep bad fats down and good fats up. A great movie about this is “Cereal Killers”. We provide an excerpt below.
Being that coconut flour is derived from coconut solids, it retains a good amount of the valuable fats that make coconut oil a real crowd-pleaser. The fats that make coconut flour so great are called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), and are essential in protecting the body’s systems, being antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal. These are the same healthy fats shown to boost metabolism, making coconut flour’s MHTs and dessicated nature a great combo for weight loss.
5. Safe For Diabetics
The same high fiber and relatively low digestible carbohydrates that make coconut flour great for appetite control, makes coconut flour safe for diabetics. So, rather than going for addictive, high processed wheat flours or even their alternatives, go for a flour proven to not wreck your metabolism with destructive sugars. If you want to feed disease, feed your body sugar. If you want to reverse it, hold back on sugar, especially the processed stuff.
6. Protein Rich
Free from the gluten proteins present in wheat and other harmful proteins in other gluten-free flours, coconut flour contains many healthy proteins. In fact, 4 ounces of coconut flour contain almost 45 percent of our the Recommended Daily Intake – which blows away the protein in the typical processed flours. This is why not only vegans will appreciate coconut flour as a protein supplement but bodybuilders too, since it is needed for cell repair and growth after vigorous workouts.
It should be stated plainly: a coconut is not a true nut. It is technically a drupal. Without getting into all the botanical classifications, it should be understood that people, in general, are not allergic to coconuts. In other words, while soy (especially GM soy), peanuts, and even almonds can cause typical reactions and even anaphylatic shock that can lead to death in those highly allergic, the compounds found in coconuts and even the pollen itself are very rarely considered dangerous. In the vast majority of cases where some reaction does occur, it is dermatological, and not a real food allergy. If one has many allergies in the first place, it is good to be tested for a coconut allergy just in case, or to simply try coconuts in very small amounts to see how the body reacts.
An important thing to do when buying coconut flour or any coconut derived product is to see where it is processed. In those highly allergic, the presence of soy, wheat, and GMOs in general can lead to a terrible reaction. That is why it is safest to buy your coconut flour from a company that processes it’s freshly cultivated coconuts in a non-allergen facility.
So, ready to take the plunge?
Hey, trying something new is usually scary. But no need for fear with this lovely, fluffy creature. We ourselves at CCL are happy to say we have tamed the coconut and are proud to announce that our coconut flour is finally back in stock! We are super appreciative of our customers who have given us up to 50 consecutive five-star reviews for our coconut flour. This is why we believe this fresh coconut flour will give your cooking and your health the special spark it needs to meet your family’s goals. Grab yours today at this special introductory price while it is still super fresh and we are offering our FREE revised Coconut Flour Recipes, Savory and Sweet with our very favorite gluten-free recipes you can make with your coconut flour!