Your Account
close button

Use our patient tools for secure, convenient, 24/7 access. Learn more

This facility is a member of

Hill Country Health Blog


Are you crazy for coconuts?

Nov 15

Written by:
11/15/2016 3:42 PM  RssIcon




hair loss thumb

From coconut oil to coconut water, this tropical fruit has been touted as a “miracle” food by many in the health
industry.

Fans should be aware, though, that coconut is high in saturated fat, which is detrimental for your heart and overall health. Some research suggests that the type of saturated fat in coconut, called lauric acid, can raise good cholesterol (HDL). The problem is that, along with raising the good cholesterol, lauric acid will raise bad cholesterol (LDL) as well.

Since the coconut oil’s saturated fat is made up of medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, the oils are processed
differently by the body and may actually raise your metabolism slightly because your body uses them for energy rather than storing them as fat. This is why many claim coconut oil can help with weight loss, but don’t expect to just add coconut oil to your diet and lose weight. It is high in calories (1Tbsp. has 120 calories), so it you add it into your diet, you should cut back elsewhere.

Coconut Water

One cup of coconut water provides around 10 percent of your daily potassium needs but is better used for a light workout and not if you are sweating heavily.

Our bodies need more sodium than potassium when breaking a sweat, and coconut water only has 30mg of sodium vs. the typical sports drink which has 110mg of sodium.

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour can be a good substitute for flours made with grains because it’s rich in fiber. When baking with coconut flour, keep in mind that you cannot substitute it at a 1:1 ratio for other grain-based flours. You need about ¼ cup of coconut flour per 1 cup of regular flour. Also, you will have to increase the number of eggs in the recipe.

Coconut Milk

A coconut’s milk is very rich, high in calories and saturated fat and should be used sparingly.

In a Nutshell

Until more research is available, you are better off using heart-healthy unsaturated fats like olive oil, canola oil and avocado in place of both butter and coconut oil.

CTMC Dietitians

Lauren Beller, RD, LD
Stephanie Burns, RD, LD

512.753.3511
Call to learn more about healthy eating or attend one of our healthy cooking demos.



Coconut Graphic


Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Title:
Comment:
Security Code
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 
Activity Advanced Wound Care Adventist Health System AHS allergies American Heart Month Antibiotic overuse Antibiotic resistance Antibiotics Asthma Avis Harris-Caldwell Baby balance balding Barbara Piersol bariatric surgery BCRA test Birth Control blood clots Bobby Ewell Bone Density Bone Health brain function breast cancer Breast Cancer Awareness Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brest Self Exam broken heart syndrome budget Cancer carbohydrates carbs cardiac cardiac care cardiologist cardiology cardiovascular cardiovascular diseaes cardiovascular disease cath lab Cedar Fever celiac disease Charles Mathis child safety Childbirth childbirth center Childbirth Classes Childhood Obesity Cindy Carpenter Coconut Cold Cold Season Cooking Tips COPD Corridor Primary Care Cosmetic Surgery Cough CREATION Health Crockpot CTMC Childbirth Center CTMC Events CTMC Family Grief Center CTMC Foundation CTMC Health Tip CTMC Heart Center CTMC Hospice CTMC Hospice Care CTMC Institute for Advanced Wound Healing CTMC News CTMC NICU CTMC Rehabilitation Institute CTMC sleep center CTMC Women's Center CTMC Women's Center for Breast Health da Vinci da vinci surgery Dads Darrell Piersol deep vein thrombosis Deititian Delivery Dental Care Dentist Depression Diabetes Diabetes Recipes Diabetic Foot Ulcers diet dietitian Direct Anterior Hip Replacement discounted health screening doctor visit doctor's office Dr. Amy Hernandez Dr. Anthony Cedrone Dr. Bill Davis Dr. Bryan Hambric Dr. Charles Mathis Dr. Erik Anderson Dr. Lenore DePagter Dr. Mary Geldernick Dr. Michael Blair Dr. Nayer El-Ashram Dr. Pradeep Mohan Dr. Risa Curtis Dr. Robert Duran Dr. Scott Solomon Dr. Stephen Richardson Dr. Stephen Swearingen Dr. Stuart Shapiro Dr. Sue Ann Harrison Dr. Susan Hudson Dr. Teresa Irwin DVT Ear Infections Eating Healthy EKOS embarrassing health concerns Embryo Adoption Emergency Medical Services Employee Giving EMS endometriosis energy drinks ENT Exercise Exercise at home fall prevention family trips Fashion from the Heart February 2017 Fentress Leisure Camp Fertility Fertility Institute of Texas Fertility Treatment first aid kit Fitness Flu Flu Season Flu Vaccine food Foodie Football Gallbladder Gallbladder Flush gastric bypass gastroenterology General Surgery Gluten Grateful Patient Profile gynecology hair loss Head Lice headache health health and fitness health apps health fair health screening health tip HealthCheck healthy diet healthy eating Healthy Foods Healthy Living healthy meal healthy recipes Healthy Snacks heart attack heart disease heart health Heart Scan heart screening Heart Transplant Herb Koenig Hernia Hill Country Hip Pain Hip Replacement home health Hospice Hospice Care Hospital Safety Score Hospitalist hyperbaric oxygen therapy immunotherapy Infertility infographic Inks Lake insomnia Interventional Cardiology IVF Jackie Duran Janie Kothmann Jessica Sanders Jessica Sanders NP joint health joint pain Joints Karen Chisum Kayde Wolf Labor Landa Park Laser Atherectomy Laser Cath Lauren Beller Leapfrog Group Lesley Castillo libido lice limb salvage liquid Live Oak Aesthetics Center Live Oak Health Partners Live Oak Health Partners Live Oak Health Partners Community Clinic Live Oak Occupational Health Clinic Live Oak Walk-In Care Live Oak Women's Care Longevity lung disease Magnetic Resonance Imaging Mammogram Margie Lieck Medical Imaging medication Men's Health Mental Health metabolism migraine Miriam McCoy Mom and Baby Mommy Makeover Mood Disorders MRI Murray Kast Murray Kast LPC narcolepsy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit neurology NICU nutrition nutrition tips OB/GYN Obstetrics Occupational Health Occupational Medicine Occupational Therapy Oral Health Orthopedics Osteoperosis Ovarian Cancer Pediatrician Pediatrics Periodontal Disease peripheral arterial occlusion Personal Health Information pharmacy PHI PHI Program Physical Therapy Pink Month Pinktober Plastic Surgery pregnancy Prenatal Care Primary Stroke Center pulmonary embolism Pulmonologist Rebecca Shively Respiratory Virus Robbin Koehler NP Robert Duran MD robotic surgery robotic-assisted surgery robotics Roger DeHoyos Rx Safety Tips Scott Gregson Scott Yarbrough single-site surgery Skin to Skin bonding sleep apnea sleep disorders sleep study Slow Cooker Sound Physicians Speech Therapy Spring into Giving State Parks staycation Stephanie Burns stroke sugar Supplements surgery Tailgate tech Texas State University third party reproduction Tiffany Lee Tim de Jong Toning Tony Garcia RRT Type 1 Diabetes urgent care Vaccinations Vitalitly Vitamins weight weight loss weight loss surgery wellness Wimberley Women's Center Women's Center for Breast Health women's health Women's Health. BRCA test Working Out wound wound care wound salvage program
Location

Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
512.353.8979