Due to its numerous health benefits, light tropical flavor and airy texture, coconut flour is no longer just a health-foodie staple. When compared to regular flour, Coconut Magic’s certified organic coconut flour offers numerous health benefits, while being just as versatile and easy to use. Unlike other “health food” flours on the market, ours has had nothing added – it contains one ingredient: organic coconut meat. The meat is dried then finely ground into a powder, very similar in consistency to wheat flour. Let’s look at what sets it apart…
Coconut flour is a gluten free alternative to wheat flour, making it the perfect choice for those with sensitivities. It allows you to bake some of your favourite treats without the serious side effects that may come with ingesting wheat, even in those of us who aren’t wheat intolerant.
Coconut flour also contains a significant amount of protein when compared to other alternatives. A 100 gram serving has 19 grams of protein (almost double that of wheat flour), and thus helps with cell repair and growth. As our coconut flour is made from only the highest quality organic coconuts, it contains all the wonderful medium-chain triglycerides (or the “healthy fats”) us coconut addicts rave about. This type of fat digests easily (being a plant-based source), while providing instant energy and containing antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. This type of fat has also been shown to improve metabolic function.
Perhaps the biggest win for Coconut Flour, however, is its higher fibre content (approximately 5 grams per tablespoon compared to whole-grain flour which has just 0.8 grams!) In particular, Coconut Flour is a rich source of insoluble fibre, meaning it adds bulk to your stools (while not very appealing … this is a good thing believe it or not as it improves overall colon health!). Insoluble fibre also promotes feelings of satiety and thus aids weight loss. Adding Coconut Flour to your diet will assist you in meeting the recommended 25-38 grams of dietary fibre, which most Australians are currently failing to meet.
Its high-fibre content also means coconut flour does not spike blood sugar levels as rapidly as traditional alternatives. In fact, a number of recent studies (one published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the other in Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies) have found that substituting coconut flour in baked goods actually lowers the food’s glycemic index and is therefore an excellent option for diabetics who must closely monitor their blood sugar levels.
Use coconut flour in baked goods or as a base for sauces for a lower-carb, high-fiber and gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. This is sure to become a pantry staple!