WHY I STOPPED EATING COCONUT
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NOW, onto the subject of this post, WHY I STOPPED EATING COCONUT!
One of the themes that comes up all the time when I do a diet audit for my EmpowerU and nutrition coaching clients is the prevalence of COCONUT everything – coconut oil, MCT oil, etc.
Coconut oil and other coconut products gained popularity 6+ years back because coconut is considered a healthy fat, however, coconut is a saturated fat and per serving contains more fat than unsaturated fats like avocados and almonds. e.g. 1 serving of unsweetened coconut milk contains 4.5g of (saturated) fat per serving vs. 1 serving of unsweetened almond milk contains 2.5g of (unsaturated) fat per serving.
Like some of my EmpowerU and nutrition coaching clients, I used to consume A LOT of coconut products, UNTIL, last February 2018 when I started to see a metabolic medicine doctor. Over the past year, I’ve worked with my doctor to achieve hormone balance through diet and supplementation and this includes making sure that I am eating enough UNSATURATED healthy fats.
During one of my visits with him last year, as he reviewed my most recent bloodwork, he recommended that I consume more healthy, unsaturated fats like avocado and avocado oil and due to my family history of heart disease, advised that I stay away from an abundance of saturated fats like coconut oil.
After he highlighted that coconut oil was a saturated fat I realized how much coconut I was consuming on a daily basis – DAILY, I was using coconut oil for cooking, putting coconut milk and shredded coconut in my overnight oats and eating Figgy Pop snacks. Immediately I made the following changes:
- Switched out coconut oil for avocado oil. Like coconut oil, avocado oil has a high cooking point of 500 degrees so unlike olive oil it won’t become rancid at a high heat;
- Switched out unsweetened coconut milk for unsweetened almond milk for my overnight oats;
- Stopped putting shredded coconut in my overnight oats; and
- Stopped eating Figgy Pop snacks.
When I review my EmpowerU and nutrition clients’ food journals, this is 1 of the things that I look for and help them to make better choices so that that they are consuming more unsaturated healthy fats and even to STOP consuming MCT oil daily because MCT oil contains 14g of saturated fat! Also, wouldn’t you rather eat 1 small avocado or 2tbs of almond butter vs. 1tbs of MCT oil to make bullet coffee??
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