Nutritional Profile- A 1/4-cup serving of unsweetened coconut flakes, which is 15 grams, contains 100 to 110 calories, measuring 10 grams of total fat, with 9 of those grams as saturated fat. A 1/4-cup serving of the unsweetened flakes provides 4 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of protein. Coconut is rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which cannot be stored in the body. The MCFAs found in coconut oil are lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid. Fantastic source of dietary fiber.
Health Benefits- Lauric acid (LA) has the greatest antiviral activity, Caprylic acid is a potent yeast fighting substance. It is very effective in eradicating candida and other fungi. Capric acid has strong antimicrobial properties which can only be obtained by ingesting. Containing 17 amino acids out of the 20 amino acids needed for optimal protein formation, it’s particularly high in threonine, an amino acid needed to protect the liver, central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and to support the formation of collagen in the body. For your muscles, it builds connective tissues and maintains elasticity in the body, even in the heart. Threonine also supports healthy tooth enamel, and it speeds up healing from wounds or injuries throughout the whole body. Coconut’s fats are used by the liver for energy, and they help reduce insulin surges in the body, unlike sugary processed foods or refined grains. This can lead to a reduced amount of fat stored in the stomach, which often happens due to erratic insulin levels.