Coconut flour is a prefect, model-proof, gluten free substitute for most conventional flours. Read on for more benefits of coconut flour a.k.a. coconut fiber.
Coconut flour – derived from coconut meat – improves the texture of baked products. Coconut flour is also known as coconut fiber. Coconut fibers are very low in carbohydrates and calories and full of soluble and insoluble fiber; one tablespoon of coconut flour contains only 30 kilo calories gainst 10 grams of fiber, which is two times as many as wheat fiber, four times as much as oat bran and twenty times as much as white flour.
Fiber, of which people on a low carb diet tend to lack easily, is beneficial to digestion, preventing constipation. Fiber can furthermore aid weight loss (coconut fibers are also known as a ‘metabolic medicine’), lower cholesterol and protect heart health. Coconut flour is gluten-free and free of phytic acid, which prevents absorption of important nutrients.
Other characteristics and health benefits of coconut flour are:
- accelerated ability to excrete of toxins from the body, including carcinogenic toxins
- high protein
- low fat, of which mostly lauric acid
- anti-fungal (perfect for candida suffers!)
- protects against strokes
- significant decrease in blood pressure
- boosting testosterone levels (stimulates formation of muscle tissue and breakdown of fat, reduces cellulite)
- low glycemic index, meaning the particular carbs only have a minor influence on blood sugar level
- balances blood sugar and insulin levels and increases insulin sensitivity, reducing symptoms associated with diabetes
- boosts thyroid function
- boost metabolism
- boosts energy production
- cleanses the body’s internal systems
- improves calcium and magnesium absorption in the body
- enhances bone and dental health