Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Coconut Flour VS Almond Flour - Which is better?

It seems as though everyone is jumping on the Clean Eating band wagon.

There are a lot of new products you will come across that everyone will have only positive things to say... so how do you really know?

Here are some reasons you may want to avoid or limit Almond Flour.

1. How many Almonds?

A cup of Almond Flour = 90 Almonds

Could you sit there and eat even 30 almonds? I would think that as a bit of a struggle, but 1/3 cup Almond Flour in your pancake and you wouldn't bat a lid. Just think of the calories!

2. It is not heat stable

This relates to the fancy shmancy chemistry of breaking the bonds leading to oxidising the fatty acids = free radicals = cell damage = no no!

3. High in enzyme inhibitors

This is a problem for the digestive system. Enzymes are necessary for digestion, such as that of carbohydrates and fats. This can lead to bloating and stomach pains.

4. It has PUFAS 
- slows down metabolism
- slows down thyroid function
- inhibits detoxification
- depletes antioxidants
- encourages estrogen (weight gain, PMS, acne)

Are you picking up what I'm putting down?

If you are going to continue your Almond habit, try soaking them first in water. This will make it a lot easier for your body to digest.

Coconut flour is a healthier choice. It is grain free, safe to heat, and not toxic to the body. The oil in coconut flour is a proven superfood and highly recommended for boosting your metabolism, and yes you guessed it, weight loss!

A little bit goes a long way so remember cooking with coconut flour is not a 1:1 ratio so check your recipe online.


Ultimately remember that you can have it all... in moderation.

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