Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Coconut Flour for Health

Want a good alternative to wheat flour? Try coconut flour, a food that is high in protein but low in sugar, and a gluten-free alternative to wheat that is nutritious and delicious. It is superlative for a variety of reasons to all grains due to its nutrient density and fiber content.

According to Dr. Mercola: "coconut flour is unlike any other flour consisting of 14 percent coconut oil and 58 percent dietary fiber. The remaining 28% consists of water, protein, and carbohydrate. If you haven't tried coconut flour yet, here are some more excellent reasons to start:
  • Coconut Flour is ideal for baking. It has fewer digestible (net) carbs than other flours, and it even has fewer digestible carbs than some vegetables!

  • Coconut Flour is gluten-free and hypoallergenic. With as much protein as wheat flour, coconut flour has none of the specific protein in wheat called "gluten". This is an advantage for a growing percentage of the population who have allergies to gluten or a wheat sensitivity.

  • Coconut Flour consists of the highest percentage of dietary fiber( 58%) found in any flour. Wheat bran has only is 27% fiber.

  • Coconut Flour can help you reach a healthy weight. Ideal for those who follow a low-carb eating plan, coconut flour works well as part of a weight loss program because it has high fiber, and foods with high fiber can help promote a feeling of fullness."

For recipes using this fantastic health food, visit Tiana.

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