The Proof is in the Puddin’!
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- Fiber: 11 grams.
- Protein: 4 grams.
- Fat: 9 grams (5 of which are Omega-3s).
- Calcium: 18% of the RDA.
- Manganese: 30% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 27% of the RDA.
- They also contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.
This is particularly impressive when you consider that this is just a single ounce, which supplies only 137 calories and one gram of digestible carbohydrate!
12 carbs, and 11 fiber. 1 net carb…per ounce though. So watch it, but a little goes a long way. 3 Tbs and you are golden. Combined with a cup of organic coconut milk, and it creates a magic pudding in about 10 minutes!
If you are finding that you are constipated, which is quite common when just starting out on keto, (eat more veggies,) eating chia seeds can be a great help. If you are low on fats for the day, chias can be a great help! And, because they create a jelly like substance when combined with liquid they are the perfect vehicle for coconut milk. Chia pudding is nutritious and filling, great for staving off keto flu and gives us all a little sweetness in our lives. Which is welcome after a while of keto-ing it up. In my opinion, it is best cold, and after sitting in the fridge a few hours, but, is technically ready to eat after 5-10 minutes of gelling.
We eat it quite often, especially if things aren’t moving quite as well as we’d hope. And because the pudding is so low in carbs you can make rather big batches.
The nutrients of coconut are mostly concentrated in the meat.3 Hence, if you want to gain most of the benefits, you should eat products derived from it, such as coconut milk. Research has shown that this liquid can benefit you in the following areas:
•Weight Management and Energy Boost
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut milk are immediately digested and metabolized in your liver, providing you with an energy boost. This also reduces their chances of being stored as fat, so it’s a good weight management tool as well.4 In one study, researchers suggest that MCTs can help reduce overall calorie consumption, leading to gradual weight loss over time.5
Coconut milk may have a positive effect on your cholesterol levels when consumed regularly. In a study that looked into the effects of coconut on lipid levels, researchers noted that coconut can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in as quickly as two months.6
•Lower Risk of Inflammation
Adding coconut milk frequently to your diet may help reduce inflammation in your system. In a mice study, the authors tested lauric acid, a type of MCT found in coconut, against Propionibacterium acnes, a microbe responsible for acne infection. They discovered that lauric acid helped reduce NF-kB activation, a signaling pathway that influences inflammation.7
The MCTs in coconut may help fight bacteria and viruses in your system. Research has found that lauric acid can help inhibit the maturation of the vesicular stomatitis virus.8 In other studies, coconut is suggested to be an effective tool against the yeast strain Candida,9 as well as the bacterial strain Staphylococcus.10
I add MCT OIL and grass-fed butter to my coffee, if I have calories to spare. Give it a try.
Cheers, Happy eating!
To stay with the island vibe, and the coconuts, our musical offering is Bob Marley ‘Small Axe’