Reasons To Be Crazy About
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Are you crazy about coconut flour?

It's very different from other types of flour and like other coconut foods, it contains vital nutrients that support health and well-being.

This could be why its fast becoming a favorite recipe ingredient!

Below you'll read some important facts about this flour.

One big reason to start using it (if you haven't already) is that it provides a nutritious alternative to those other white, wheat and grain flours.

It is:

  • High in dietary fiber
  • A good source of protein
  • Low in carbohydrates
  • Gluten free

High in Dietary Fiber

The consumption of coconut flour is a great way to add fiber to your diet.

It comes from fresh coconut meat that’s been dried and defatted.

It’s then ground and made into a powder.

Coconut Flour Is High In Fiber

Fibrous Breads, Seeds and Grain

As far as Dr. Bruce Fife is concerned:

Coconut flour contains the highest percentage of dietary fiber in comparison to other flours. Sixty-one percent (61%) of the flour consists of fiber. (1)

The balance is made up of water, protein, carbohydrate and fat.

In comparison, the fiber content of wheat bran is 27%. (2)

Due to it’s high fiber content, it’s low on the glycemic index scale and is perfect for people watching their weight.

By eating this high level of fiber, you will feel fuller sooner and stay satisfied longer and won’t be tempted to eat additional calories.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola there are studies that confirm this is true.

Research has shown that adding 14 grams of daily dietary fiber can lower the total amount of calories taken in by 10%.

The result is successful weight loss! (3)

By the way, weight loss is not the only benefit that comes with taking in more dietary fiber.

It also helps support various systems of the body like;

  • the immune system
  • the heart
  • digestion
  • the absorption of vitamins and minerals
  • cleansing and removal of bodily toxins
  • healthy cholesterol levels


Good Source of Protein

Coconut flour is perfect for people watching their carbohydrate intake because per serving it’s quite high in protein.

As an example, let’s look at the nutrition facts found on a label of one package of Bob’s Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour.

The nutritional breakdown is as follows:

  1. Serving Size= 2 tablespoons
  2. Calories= 60
  3. Total Fat= 2g
  4. Saturated Fat= 2g
  5. Trans Fat= 0g
  6. Cholesterol= 0mg
  7. Sodium= 30mg
  8. Total Carbohydrate= 8g
  9. Dietary Fiber= 5g
  10. Sugars= 1g
  11. Protein= 2g

As you can see, for a small serving size of 2 tablespoons, there are 2g of protein! That’s a considerable amount of protein per serving!!

Here’s what Dr. Bruce Fife says about the amount of protein it has as compared to other well known flours.

It has more protein than enriched white flour, rye flour, or cornmeal and has about the same as buckwheat and whole wheat flours. (5)

Low in Carbohydrates

Flour from coconut is beneficial for everyone but is ideal for diabetics.

Along with diabetics, any of you who monitor the glycemic index (GI) will also love it.

The reason that it’s well suited for diabetics and others with blood sugar concerns is that it contains mostly non-digestible carbohydrate.

Non-digestible carbohydrate is one type of carbohydrate found in food. This type has no calories because of the fiber.

If you want to maintain balanced blood sugar and avoid weight gain, stick with non-digestible carbohydrates!

The other type of carbohydrate in food is digestible. Digestible carbohydrates are made up of sugar and starch and contain calories.

Gluten Free Food

Coconut Flour Makes Good Gluten Free Food

Over Easy Eggs On Gluten Free Bread

Another advantage of this flour is that it’s gluten free.

This is a great thing for people with celiac disease or those of you that have gluten sensitivities.

The number of people who are suffering from some form of gluten intolerance has been on the rise for quite a few years now. It seems like everywhere you go today someone is dealing with this issue.

So, if you’re someone in this situation, cooking with coconut flour can really help you out!

Take a look at our cooking with coconut flour page where we explain how best to use this flour. If you have used it before you know that it acts differently than other flour in recipes because it doesn't contain gluten.

In addition, we have provided some wonderful coconut flour recipes for you to try as well. We believe that gluten free foods need to be healthy but they also have to taste good! -:)

If you haven’t already, we invite you to experiment with using coconut flour.

You never know, it could one day be your favorite flour!


  1. Fife, Bruce N.D., “Coconut Cures - Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut”, 2005, pages 142-143.
  2. Mercola, Joseph D.O.-
  3. Mercola, Joseph
  4. Mercola, Joseph
  5. Fife, Bruce N.D., “Coconut Cures - Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut”, 2005, pages 142-143.

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