There is a lot of confusion surrounding the different coconut products you find on store shelves. I often times, when I am trying to tell someone about coconut oil, they say, “Oh it’s like coconut water right?” No, it is not like coconut water. So to clear the air I decided I would lay out all of the different products made with coconuts, how you use them, and why they are beneficial.
Coconut flour is made from ground coconut meat and has the highest fiber content of any flour. You would use coconut flour as a substitute for regular flour. Coconut flour has a very low concentration of digestible carbohydrates, which makes it an excellent choice for people looking to restrict carbohydrate intake.
Coconut water is the clear liquid found in young coconuts. Coconut water is flying off store shelves across the country because it is a great source of natural energy and is high in potassium and other minerals. Because of its high electrolyte content, and the husk of the coconut keeping it sterile, coconut water has been used in place of regular IV fluid in emergency situations, particularly during World War II in the South Pacific.
Coconut milk is a liquid created by squeezing grated coconut meat through a cloth and is classified as thick or thin depending on its fat content. Coconut milk is generally used as a cooking ingredient for anything from desert recipes to soups or as a milk substitute. The health benefits associated with coconut milk are the same as those associated with coconut oil, which I will explain below.
Extra virgin coconut oil is created by cold pressing the meat of the coconut. Coconut oil can be used as a substitute for butter and other oils, as well as a skin and hair moisturizer, along with hundreds of other uses we just don’t have time to list. The saturated fats in coconut oil are made up of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which give the oil its anti-microbial properties. Some studies have shown MCTs can help in the process of excess calorie burning and assist with weight loss. This fatty acid may help you drop a few pounds by promoting fat oxidation which helps to curb appetite and reduce food intake. Studies have also shown promising results for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and epilepsy through the use of coconut oil.
I really hope this guide was helpful if you have any questions I will answer them in the comments.