It’s often promoted as nature’s sports drink because it’s rich

The Health Benefits of Coconuts

Coconut products are flooding the market first there was coconut water, now there’s canada goose outlet online uk coconut milk, coconut milk yogurt, coconut kefir and coconut milk ice cream. This decadent goose outlet canada nut used to be considered a major nutritional no no but it now enjoys a serious health halo and is touted for weight loss benefits. Is this tropical treat really all it’s cracked up to be? Here’s my take canada goose outlet toronto factory on five popular canada goose outlet black friday products:Coconut water is the clear liquid that pools inside whole green coconuts. It’s different from coconut milk, which is pressed from the fatty “meat” of the fruit. An 11 oz serving of pure coconut canada goose outlet london water contains about 60 calories, no fat, a gram of protein and 15 grams of carbohydrates. It’s often promoted as nature’s sports drink because it’s rich in the electrolyte potassium (lost in sweat), canada goose factory outlet toronto location and packs twice as much as a banana. It’s not linked to weight control, but a recent study found that coconut water was just as effective canada goose outlet trillium parka black as a statin drug for lowering cholesterol in rats, and numerous studies have pegged potassium canada goose outlet edmonton as a key nutrient for controlling blood pressure.Verdict: Try it either during or after exercise. Just remember that though it’s not very sweet, canada goose canada goose coats outlet clothing uk one serving canada goose outlet jackets does contain 60 canada goose outlet canada calories, so canada goose outlet uk sale even though it’s called canada goose outlet washington dc water, it’s not calorie free. You can sip it as is canada goose parka uk or blend some into a smoothie.Coconut OilFor weight loss, pure coconut oil, not canada goose outlet belgium water, is where canada goose stockists uk the research lies. Several studies have found that coconut oil may aid weight loss because the type of fat it contains, called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), are metabolized canada goose discount uk differently than fats from other oils. Most of the fat in this delicious oil canada goose vest outlet is saturated, canada goose victoria parka outlet but more and more research confirms that not all saturated fats are villains. Coconut oil can actually raise your “good” HDL cholesterol and provide antioxidants similar to those in berries, grapes and dark chocolate.Verdict: Try it. I use it myself and recommend it, but keep it occasional and go easy it still contains 120 calories and 14 g of fat per Tbsp. Look for it in the canada goose outlet vip natural section of your supermarket. It’s a perfect alternative to butter in baked goods, it’s one canada goose outlet paypal of the secret ingredients in canada goose jacket outlet toronto my dark chocolate truffle recipes canada goose outlet store quebec in my new book, and it’s my canada goose outlet toronto address go to oil for pan searing major yum.Coconut Milk (from the dairy case)Coconut milk includes some of the “good” coconut fat 66 percent of the fat comes from MCTs, and while the unsweetened is low in carbs (just 1 g per cup), it’s also low in protein (1 g vs. 8 in cow milk or soy milk) and calcium (10 percent of the daily value vs. 30 percent in cow milk or soy milk).Verdict: If you decide to try it, buy unsweetened (vanilla has nearly double the calories) and don’t count it as a protein source. Coconut kefir contains live active cultures with the added benefit of its natural MCTs.Verdict: Try it. Compared to kefir from cultured cow’s milk, coconut kefir has just 70 calories per cup (vs. 160) and only 6 g of carbs, half of which come from dietary fiber (compared to 15 grams with the equivalent 3 g fiber from cow milk kefir). The only down side is less calcium 10 percent of the DV vs. 30 percent.Coconut Milk Ice CreamThere are a few brands of coconut milk ice cream on the market now. I compared the canada goose outlet toronto location chocolate version of one brand side by side with a pint of premium ice cream canada goose factory outlet vancouver and here’s what I found: the coconut provides about the same number of calories as well as the same number of total carb grams, but contains just 2 g of saturated fat canada goose outlet website legit vs. 11 in canada goose kensington parka uk the cow’s milk ice cream and 6 fewer grams of sugar.Verdict: Try it, but stick to just a half cup. It’s very rich so you should feel satisfied with a small portion but you can pump up the volume with fresh berries or grilled fresh fruit like plums or pineapple. Again, the major downside is less calcium (0 percent DV per serving vs. 10 percent in ice cream).Cynthia Sass is a registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV she’s a SHAPE contributing editor and nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. Her latest New York Times best seller is Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.

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