Avoiding Gluten? Use This Healthy Flour To Cook With Instead!

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If you are like many Americans, you are experimenting by cutting gluten out of your diet to see if it makes you feel better, or you already know that you have a gluten sensitivity, so you are always on the lookout for alternatives.

Coconut is one of the true miracle foods on this planet! Coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water, and coconut flour are all super beneficial to our health. Although most people are well aware of the benefits of coconut oil, even coconut water, not nearly as many know about coconut flour.

Don’t confuse coconut flour with other types of wheat flours. It isn’t a grain at all. Coconut flour comes from the meat of fresh coconuts. After coconuts are pressed to remove the oil and milk, we have dried out, or dehydrated, coconut meat. This meat is then grated, resulting in a nice white almost powder-like substance that looks a great deal like white flour.

Now, this doesn’t mean that everything you cook with your coconut flour will end up tasting like coconut pie, but it does give foods a richer texture and a natural sweetness. This means you can use less sugar or honey in your baked goods!

Besides having wonderful flavor, this flour is super rich in nutrition. It is very high in fiber (48 percent of coconut flour is fiber!), it is a great source of protein, and it is super low in carbohydrates. This low level of carbs and high fiber content make this the perfect flour for diabetics, those who are insulin resistant, and those who are trying to lose weight.

Since coconuts contain lauric acid, you will also be getting plenty of antibacterial, anti-viral, and antiprotozoal compounds that support the immune system at the same time. This means that switching to coconut flour can prevent you from coming down with colds or the flu.

A few other reasons to switch to coconut flour, even if you don’t have sensitivity to gluten include:

  • Improves Metabolism – One of the many health benefits of coconut flour is that, since it is high in medium chain fatty acids, your body can use this food for easy energy, it supports a healthy metabolism while it balanced blood sugar levels.
  • Improves Digestive Health – Coconut flour has a high nutrient density, which helps the digestive process. The high fiber content also helps to keep moving things along in the colon.
  • Heart Healthy – Studies have shown that coconut flour can lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. It can also lower serum triglycerides in those who have elevated cholesterol levels. This can help to keep the heart healthy and prevent cardiovascular disease.

The difference between coconut flour and regular wheat flour, the thing you should keep in mind is that a little bit goes a long way. You will need to adjust the amount you use for various recipes until you get the hang of it. First, try cutting the amount of flour in your recipe in half. If your mixture seems thinner than normal, add ¼ cup of coconut flour until you are satisfied with the texture.

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