What Are The Health Benefits Of Coconut Flour?
Coconut Flour Is A Functional Food
According to the Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies Journal, coconut flour is a functional food. This means it's highly nutritious and a great addition to your every day diet.
Coconut Flour Is Low in Carbohydrates & High in Fiber
Another health benefit of coconut flour is that it's high in good-for-your belly fiber while still being low in carbohydrates.
1/4 cup (1 ounce) of coconut flour contains only 6 grams net carbs with a whopping 11 grams of fiber!
So, when you consider that 1/4c of coconut flour is equivalent to a full cup of traditional flour... that's amazing!
Coconut Flour Is A Powerhouse of Healthy Fats
The MCFA Medium Chain Fatty Acids found in Coconut Flour are healthy saturated fats consisting of Lauric and Capric Acid.
Capric Acid is converted into monocaprin in the body which may help the body combat viruses, bacteria and yeast.
Capric Acid is broken down by your body quickly and is a great source of energy to power workouts and athletic performance.
So, the health benefits of coconut flour extend beyond it being a high fiber food!
Coconut Flour May Be A Fat Loss "Assistant"
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2008), MCFA's may lead to greater energy expenditure and assist with fat loss! This makes coconut flour a valuable addition to your ketogenic diet.
Coconut Flour Supports a Healthy Heart
Eating Coconut Flour regularly may help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce your chances of plaque build up in your arterial walls.
Overall, coconut flour is a healthy, functional food that is recommended by nutrition experts and has health benefits that are backed by science. You can maximize the health benefits of coconut flour by using it in every day recipes which I'll link below.
How To Add Coconut Flour To Your Diet
Coconut Flour Recipes
Sources & Additional Reading
- Dietary Fiber from coconut flour: A functional Food, Innovative Food Science& Emerging Technologies Volume 7, Issue 4, 2006/12/10 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1466856406000452
- Lauric Acid's Benefits For The Body https://www.livestrong.com/article/436023-lauric-acids-benefits-for-the-body/
- Benefits of Capric Acid https://www.livestrong.com/article/475060-benefits-of-capric-acid/