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Skip the Gluten: Here are 5 Reasons Why Coconut Flour is Better

by Natalie Butler, RD,LD
Gluten-rich food is common in many households around the world. Most people seem to have an inclination towards foods containing gluten. For those who are not yet acquainted with this substance, gluten is a protein complex found in most cereal grains, particularly wheat. This component is responsible for the elasticity of the dough, thereby helping your bread keep its shape and maintain a chewy texture.

However, years of research have revealed the risks of eating gluten, particularly celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Even children are not exempt to this, based on several cases of gastrointestinal disorders related to gluten ingestion. These health concerns gave rise to the production and manufacture of gluten-free foods.

Judging from the fact that most of us have grown up eating gluten-filled food, it might be difficult at the start to drastically change your diet. An important first step is to know that kinds of food contain gluten.

One of the most popular gluten-free foods is coconut. What’s great about coconut is that apart from the absence of gluten, there are many ways of preparing and enjoying coconut. Nature has bestowed this particular tree with not only a wide array of uses, but also a long list of potential food preparations.

Unfortunately, the coconut fruit is difficult to procure, and also gets easily spoiled. If you want to incorporate coconut as part of your gluten-free diet plans, then why not try coconut flour instead?

Being a good source of fiber and having fewer carbohydrates, coconut flour has become a definite go-to food product for those who want to try coconut in their meals. The flour is processed from the coconut meat after extraction of the milk or oil. At first glance, coconut flour looks like your average all-purpose flour: light, white and powdery. What sets it apart from regular flour is its wide range of health benefits.
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Here are five reasons why coconut flour should be part of your meal plans:

Great for baking: Coconut flour has a lower amount of digestible carbohydrates compared with regular flours. In fact, it even has fewer carbohydrates than vegetables and other well-known low-carb foods.

Safe for people with gluten sensitivity: The breakthrough advantage of coconut flour over other types of flours is the absence of gluten. People who are sensitive or allergic to gluten will find coconut flour to be a safe and healthy alternative.

Packed with dietary fiber: At 58 percent content, coconut flour contains the highest proportion of dietary fiber compared with other flours. The combination of soluble and insoluble fiber in coconut flour improves digestive functioning and intestinal acidity.

Improves weight management: The dietary fiber naturally incorporated in coconut helps in keeping the stomach full faster and for a longer period of time. As a result, you tend to eat less and lose more weight in the long run.

Helps regulate blood sugar level: Compared with breads from regular flour, coconut flour products are safe for people diagnosed with diabetes. Coconut flour has lower amount of carbohydrates, resulting to smaller spikes in blood sugar level.
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Again, getting rid of gluten in your diet can be painstaking, especially if you’ve been enjoying gluten-rich foods since your childhood. It’s a good thing that several studies and tests have generated many great options for people to enjoy their cake and eat it, too — but this time, without the gluten!

We at Viance will continue to share more of these healthier food alternatives. We are committed to help you live a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle.

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