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How Good Are Coconuts?


#1

how is coconut cream? I'm thinking about buying a bunch of these cans from the asian store (pretty cheap from what I remember) and throwing them into my shaker with some whey for some cals. Is this good fat or should I just be buying flax oil?


#2

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#3

I'm not sure if "coconut cream" is just coconut oil - but virgin coconut oil (not the hydrogenated bullshit) has some very good shorter-chain fatty acids that you might not get elsewhere in your diet. Also it tastes very good. I used to cook all my meat with it, and eat it straight up from a spoon.


#4

I found a different brand that describes coconut cream as "dried coconut meat ground into a very fine powder, giving it a creamy consistency due to its high fat content." If it isn't pasteurized or hydrogenated and has no added sugar it should be pretty good for you.


#5

Coconut water is also very healthy, great way to hydrate and has tons of potassium among other things. A lot of nutritionists compare it to natures version of Gatorade, but from a natural source, thus making it much healthier.


#6

You can't go wrong with natural coconut food products. Too much science is behind it.


#7

i have been mixing a can of coconut milk into my nightly smoothies the last few nights. tastes great and high in calories. Health wise, i dunno, high in saturated fat, but so is the 2lbs of ground beef i eat a day.


#8

I don't know about coconut milk, but coconut cookies make predominantly from coconut shavings are DAMN good!


#9

Not all saturated fats are created equal. These saturated fats found in coconut milk are MCT's. It's not your typical saturated fat.


#10

Coconut cream tastes good, but the oil is much cheaper per gram of fat (lauric acid - which is the healthy part of it). It's up to you - buy a bunch of cans of the stuff for a buck each or buy one bit container for like $10.


#11

Coconut oil is very good.