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All About Coconut: Is it really Healthy, Is it Fattening?

All About Coconut: Is it really Healthy, Is it Fattening?

COCONUT has probably one of the most controversial nutritional facts. High in fat and high in calories, Coconut is often considered to be a fattening food and avoid in the perspective to maintain or lose weight. But as mentioned before FAT doesn’t make you FAT (the same way “blueberries don’t make you blue”). Moreover calories ARE NOT ALL equal! Calories are to me an obsolete nutritional tool based on the theory “Calories in vs Calories out = Weight Loss” which we now know is not exactly how our body works...  
Why should you add Coconut in your diet? 
First of all coconut meat is high in fiber - 1cup = 7.2 g - which is more than 20% of the recommended daily amount for adults. As we know fiber assists in the digestion process by moving food through the digestive tract. 
If you’re in a weight loss phase, fiber is recommended as it helps you feel full and helps to control food intake. 
Secondly, coconut meat is high in manganese - 1 cup = approx. 60% of the recommended daily amount for adult. Manganese helps our body to metabolize both fat and protein. It also supports both the immune and nervous systems as well as promotes stable blood sugar levels. Manganese also helps your body use other nutrients such as iron, thiamine and vitamin E... 
Saturated fat in Coconut: good or bad? 
1 cup of raw coconut meat = 285 calories, and 27g of fat. While most plant foods contain very little saturated fat, coconut meat contains a large amount, almost 24g per cup. However, unlike other saturated fats which are long chain fatty acids, most of the fat in coconut is a medium chain fatty acid. Medium chain fatty acids are broken down much faster than long chain fatty acids, so they DO NOT contribute to high cholesterol contrary to long chain fatty. In fact, some studies show that fat in coconut could help to lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels. 
To sum up even if you have high cholesterol, heart disease, or if you’re  trying to eat less to lose weigh you can still consuming coconut meat. Moderation is always the answer... 
COCONUT OIL subject coming soon, stay tuned!
Bonus: Quick recipe to Chocolate-Coconut Bowl 
- 1 Frozen Banana 
- Meat of 1 Fresh Coconut 
- 3 Tbsp of ENCAS spread "Ciao Da Roma" - Chocolate/Hazelnut
Mix all the ingredients in a food processor and enjoy with your favorite toppings! Delicious with Granola and fresh fruits! 

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