Coconut diet

Reporter: Francesca Belperio

They've been given a bad wrap in the past for being high in saturated fat but converts claim the type of fat in coconuts could crack the code to weight loss and other health issues. Adelaide pensioner april sainsbury began eating raw coconut daily to aid digestion. "with every single meal i had a piece, when i first started if i had a snack between meals i had a piece of coconut as well."

After a year on her coconut diet not only did her digestion improve but there was a pleasant side effect. Advocates put that miracle down to the special type of saturated fat found in coconuts they're mostly medium chained fatty acids as opposed to the unhealthy long-chained fatty acids found in butter and animal fats that have been found to clog arteries and increase cholesterol."the benefits with medium chained fatty acids are they get into the cells very quickly so a very good quick source of energy without spiking insulin levels and good for our immune system because they're made up of things called lauric acid and crapilic acid which have anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties and it supports our metabolism by supporting the thyroid gland so it aids weight loss. "

Naturopath kasey willson consumes coconut oil daily she says there's plenty of anecdotal evidence that coconuts have health benefits. Food science nutritionist, professor robert gibson's not convinced that coconuts live up to the hype. "there's nothing particularly good about coconut oil - it's an oil that's saturated and it has its place in our diet but to excess it's not something that anybody would recommend" doctor bruce fife - author of the coconut oil miracle - claims it can ease digestion, aid weight loss and protect against disease. While many nutritionists still refuse to give it the tick of approval april's convinced she's in on the good oil.

Further Details

Naturopath Kasey Willson's Coconut Recipes

Coconut Smoothie

1 large banana

4 cubes ice

¼ cup water / coconut water (without added sugar, free of preservatives. I recommend C Coconut water)

¼ tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp raw honey

1 -2 tsp green super food powder (spirulina/ barley grass/ chlorella/ wheatgrass)

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 heaped tsp cacao powder (optional)

½ cup coconut milk

Blend and enjoy!

Coconut Pancakes

Makes around 6 pancakes

2 eggs

1 tsp xylitol

2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

additional 1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp coconut milk

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon celtic sea/ himalayan salt

2 tbsp coconut flour, sifted

¼ tsp vanilla extract

Mix together eggs, oil, coconut milk, xylitol, vanilla and salt.

Combine coconut flour and baking powder in another bowl and thoroughly whisk into batter.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a fry pan.

Spoon batter onto hot pan making pancakes around 6-7cm in diameter. Batter will be thick but will flatten out when cooking.



Recommended Reading:

'The Coconut Oil Miracle' Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D.

'Superfoods' David Wolfe

'Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill' Udo Erasmus

Who should use coconut oil?

Provided there are no reactions once consumed, anyone can enjoy the benefits of coconut oil. Including babies, through to the elderly and immune compromised.

Start slowly, for adults 1 tsp per day and you can work up to 1 tbsp daily maintenance. Athletes or ill patients can get a high dose of coconut oil through 3 tbsp per day.

You can cook with coconut oil. It has the great benefit of being stable at high temperatures, preventing the conversion of its chemical structure to a transfat. Transfats are created when any other oil is heated through cooking. Being a saturated fat, coconut oil can withstand any oxidative damage that commonly occurs when other oils are heated.

Additionally coconut oil can be added to meals, smoothies or recipes; straight off the spoon or added to warm water and drank through the day. It melts at around 24 degrees C, so you will need to keep it out of the fridge otherwise it will be too hard to use.

Another use for coconut oil is for your skin, in place of lotions and moisturisers.

Be sure to use unrefined/ cold pressed coconut oil, organic if possible.