The Benefits of Coconut Flour
Coconut milk, water and sugar, move over — coconut flour is the ingredient many are adding to their grocery shops. Find out why it is gaining popularity, and the health benefits of coconut flour.
What is coconut flour?
Coconut flour is made from the flesh of a coconut. When coconut milk is extracted from the coconut, the flesh is left which can then be dried and ground, creating its own flour.
What are its benefits?
There are several benefits to coconut flour both nutritionally and more generally. Firstly, It’s gluten-free. For those that are sensitive and intolerant to gluten or suffering from coeliacs disease, coconut flour provides a naturally gluten-free alternative when it's pure (though always double check labels just in case!).
Secondly, it’s high in fibre. 100g of coconut flour provides the recommended daily intake of fibre alone, making a very high fibre food. A high fibre diet improves digestion and can also help lower the risk of heart disease and bowel cancer, according to research.
Lastly, it is also a good source of plant-based protein, containing 18g of protein in 100g of coconut flour. However, it is also an incomplete protein as it doesn’t have all the required amino acids to be considered full so a range of other high-protein foods are necessary to supplement this.
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by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.