Are Coconuts, Coconut Oil, and Coconut Water Good for People with Diabetes?

Most of the people are well informed about the numerous health benefits of coconut and its products and how they can help them in the treatment of various diseases.

Coconuts are generally observed as having a number of benefits for people with diabetes.

Coconut Nutritional Benefits

Coconut and its products are rich in naturally occurring saturated fat in various variations from short-chain fatty acids and medium chain fatty acids (lauric acid).

The lauric acid is converted into the beneficial compound monolaurin which has the ability to fight various organisms that can cause diseases, such as viral infections like the flu and common colds.

Here you can see the other beneficial nutrients:

–           Thiamin (vitamin B1)

–           Potassium

–           Vitamin C

–           Copper

–           Folate

–           Iron

–           Manganese

–           Phosphorous

–           Selenium

  1. Coconut Milk

Coconut milk and coconut meat have a similar nutritional profile and they are rich in protein, fiber, vitamin B, C, and E, and minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, zinc and selenium).

Additionally, coconut milk has a high content of plant sterols and saturated fats with omega-6s.

Forms of coconut milk:

  • a) A thicker form

This form of coconut milk is known as coconut cream, which can be found in desserts or rich sauces. It contains more calories than the fluid form.

Some types of thicker coconut milk that are processed, can be harmful to the gut and increase the risk of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

  • b) Fluid form

This form has high amounts of added water and can be used as a milk substitute.

  1. Coconut Flour

Thanks to its high amount of the dietary fiber it can lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. As it is low in carbs, it has a mild effect on blood sugar levels and can be used by diabetics.

Coconut flour is gluten-free, why it can be beneficial for people suffering from celiac disease. As people who suffer from the type-1 diabetes are more likely to develop celiac disease, this flour is helpful for diabetics.

The protein in coconut flour will keep you full for longer and it is useful for cell growth and repair. Thanks to the high amount of fiber in coconut flour it can reduce the glycemic index and load of foods baked with this flour.

  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil provides numerous health benefits, including the well-known benefits for the skin.

The study conducted on coconut oil showed that it effectively reduces insulin resistance and increases the levels of good cholesterol.

There are also many ongoing types of research, which have positive results of the benefits of coconut oil regarding obesity, heart disease, and insulin resistance.

This oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are related to weight loss, which is confirmed in the study showing that consuming the coconut oil for 4 months can lead to losing seven pounds.

In addition, coconut oil can reduce abdominal fat which is linked to heart disease as well as to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

  1. Coconut Water

The coconut water has high levels of water and absence of coconut flesh, why it is low in calories and fat. It is very effective in solving problems of hangover, vomiting, and nausea.

According to the study, the coconut water is not recommended for people with diabetes. Because the coconut water is high in potassium it can lead to high potassium levels in the blood (hyperkalemia).

Source: Diabetes Health Page | DiabetesThe Diabetes Council | Eating Well

 

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