Add a Little Coconut

co·co·nut Image
Noun
1. The large, oval, brown seed of a tropical palm, consisting of a hard shell lined with edible white flesh and containing a clear liquid.

2. The flesh of a coconut, esp. when used as food.

 

Many diabetics have heard about how the consumption of whole grains—such as oatmeal—can be very effective at helping to keep their blood glucose levels in check. Whole grains have complex carbohydrates that are slowly digested in the stomach and keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. The sluggish digestion also keeps you from experiencing spikes in your blood sugar readings.

However, are you familiar with the amazing health benefits from eating coconut?

There are many ways to enjoy a coconut. Coconut water is found when you first crack open the coconut. It is low in calories, but high in fiber, nutrients. The ‘meat’ of the coconut also has high fiber and nutrient content, and is a popular ingredient in many desserts. These coconut products also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and have been known to help increase blood circulation. A ‘flour’ can be made from the meat after the coconut oil has been extracted from the meat. The coconut flour is a suitable substitute from wheat and corn flour in many recipes. And coconut oil is often used in candy making.

Make sure to speak with your nutritionist or doctor before if you plan on incorporating coconut in your every meal. You should keep all coconut consumption to a moderate level; coconut products contain a low amount of saturated fats and carbohydrates. If you are eager to incorporate some coconut in your diet today, check out this recipe from wholenewmom.com.

 Sources

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“9 Foods You Should Eat to Manage Type 2 Diabetes.” JoyBauer.com. Everyday Health, n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2013.

Adrienne. “No-Bake Coconut Delights (sugar, Dairy, Egg, and Grain Free).” Whole New Mom. Whole New Mom, 27 Nov. 2012. Web. 18 Jan. 2013.

“Coconut For Diabetes.” Nutrition Facts. Diet Health Club, 9 Mar. 2012. Web. 18 Jan. 2013.

Filippone, Peggy T. “Coconut History.” About.com Home Cooking. About.com, 2007. Web. 18 Jan. 2013.

Webster, Noah. “CoconutAbout Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2013

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