For those of us who love to eat bread filled treats, muffins and other baked goods we have to accept that doing so is helping us gain those unwanted pounds. For some, like myself, who suffer from GI issues such as ulcerative colitis, eating bread/wheat products are not an option. In exploring alternatives, coconut flour has come out as the number 1 best alternative. Don’t worry if you do not like the taste of coconut as it does not taste much like coconut at all. On top of being a great alternative to conventional wheat or grain flours coconut flour is extremely healthy!!
- Gluten Free (Gluten is a protein molecule found in certain grains, such as wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is highly allergenic, and even potentially deadly to those who have celiac disease, which is a condition where the gluten destroys the intestinal celia. However, even if you don’t have celiac disease, you can still be negatively affected by the gluten protein. The National Institutes of Health report that exposure to gluten, especially wheat flour, can cause an inflammatory response in the body, even in healthy individuals.)
- High in Fibre (Coconut flour consists of 58 percent fiber, giving it the highest level of fiber on the flour market. It even beats wheat bran, with its 27 percent fiber content)
- High in Protein (Wheat contains protein but most of it is in the form of gluten. Coconut flour is free of gluten while providing significant amounts of protein, making it ideal for people who are looking to eat a gluten-free diet.)
- Low glycemic index/ Low Carb* (Only 3 g of net carbohydrates per serving! According to the GI Diet Guide, coconut is also a low-glycemic index food with a glycemic load of 45, which means it has minimal impact on blood sugar. This makes coconut flour appropriate for both low-carbohydrate and low-glycemic diets like the Zone, Atkins and South Beach diets)
READ THE SCIENCE!!
**For more details on coconut protein see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6VP9-4WXT7KR-6&_user=10&_coverDate=07%2F31%2F1992&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1650508608&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=013d07cce6037e484b74c229220fd118&searchtype=a **
**For more information on GI in coconut please visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13129460 **