Using Coconut Oil in Diabetic Cooking

November is National Diabetes Month which helps raise awareness to a disease impacting nearly 26 million people, according to the American Diabetes Association. We’ve talked before about how coconut oil may help curb your sugar cravings, which is important for those living with diabetes. We also know how great coconut oil is in low carb cooking and baking, which many diabetics use to help control their insulin levels, like our own guest blogger Carolyn Ketchum.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

So when I decided to go low carb and gluten-free to manage my diabetes, I knew I had to find a way to make scones much healthier. At first, I despaired of ever achieving the crumbly, tender texture with my alternative ingredients. But as I gained some skill, I also gained some confidence, and I finally began to bake great scones again. And now they have the added advantage of actually being good for me.

Coconut oil makes a great addition to baked goods like scones and muffins because it produces a tenderness you just can’t get with other fats and oils. Melt in your mouth is the only way to describe it. Coconut oil also doesn’t mind hiding in the background of the flavors if you choose to play it down. But it also performs deliciously when you choose to play it up.”

-Carolyn Ketchum, from All Day I Dream About Food.

Katie Coleman, from Keep It Real Food Co., created her own line of low-glycemic snacks and treats to help manage her diabetes. And guess what one of her ingredients of choice is? Coconut oil!

Casey Seindernburg, from the Nourish Schools, says coconut oil is one way to help maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 “Are fats bad for us? Chemically processed fats are unhealthful. Too much healthful fat can even be unhealthful, especially when there is an obesity and diabetes epidemic on the rise. But the right fats, in reasonable amounts, are essential for good health. So don’t be afraid; just choose wisely.”

-The Washington Post, February 23, 2012

Information About Diabetes gives these benefits about coconut oil for diabetics:

  1. Supports the secretion of insulin
  2. Improves insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance
  3. Stimulates metabolism which promotes insulin manufacture and our cells absorption of glucose
  4. Slows the digestive process so sugars are released at a slow, even rate into the bloodstream
  5. Coconut oil has a low glycemic index (GI) and the GI of starchy or sweet foods is lowered with the addition of coconut oil


The statements found throughout this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health condition or concern, consult a physician or your alternative health care provider. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing new exercises.

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