A Ketogenic Diet and Coconut Products

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Coconut products are the perfect addition to a successful ketogenic diet. Those who are dairy intolerant will be happy to know that coconut products are the ideal replacements in the form of coconut milk, butter and cream. 

The fatty acids in coconut oil are medium chain “MCT.” They are immediately absorbed and digested; this helps you to feel energized for more extended periods of time. They are also thermogenic, which means that they are capable of burning fat, especially the fat around your waist. 

Recent research has proven that the saturated fatty acids in coconut products can raise good cholesterol and are even considered cardioprotective (serving to protect the heart especially from heart disease). So, if you are going to eat fats, eat the healthy fats - eat coconut. 

So, how do you introduce these coconut products into your ketogenic diet?


In the Form of Coconut oil

There are so many different uses of coconut oil; you can use coconut oil as toothpaste, as a moisturizer and even as a lube

Coconut oil has been used to reduce hunger pangs. I did a ten day, restricted coconut diet and can certainly say that coconut oil is a successful appetite suppressant. 

Read about the amazing benefits of coconut oil.

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut oil. 


Our Chocolate, Coconut Energy Balls

The Recipe:

2 Cups desiccated coconut

1/2 Cup sunflower seeds

3/4 Cups Cocoa

1 Cup Coconut OIl

10 drops of Stevia




In the Form of Coconut Flour

coconut cookies

Coconut flour is super low in carbs and contains zero gluten. It works well in both sweet and savory dishes and baked goods.  

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut flour. 


In the Form of Coconut Butter

You can make your coconut butter easily, find the recipe here. Coconut butter is abundant in MCTs and is an extremely versatile ingredient. 

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut butter. 

  • Use it as a replacement for regular butter in baking.
  • Spread it on your Keto bread
  • Add it to your smoothies.
  • Chocolate candy
  • Use it in your coconut coffee. 


In the Form of Coconut Milk

Be sure to buy coconut milk packaged in BPA-free containers. 

The benefits of consuming coconut milk

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut milk.


In the Form of Coconut Cream

Coconut cream benefits are similar to those of coconut oil. It has fantastic immune boosting advantages. 

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut cream.


In the Form of Shredded Coconut

You can buy these as large or small flakes, depending on what you are making. Be sure to check your labels, to ensure that they are not coated with sugar. 

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut flakes.


In the Form of Coconut Water

Coconut water has essential benefits and contains lauric acid, also found in breast milk! It is a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients. Drink it as is, it is fantastic at hydrating and replenishing lost electrolytes after a workout session. 

Here are the recipes you can use to enjoy as part of your ketogenic diet, using coconut water. 


Coconut Sugar on a Ketogenic diet

Coconut sugar is derived from collecting the liquid sap, which is found in the flowers of the coconut palm tree. The sap is left under heat until most of the water has been evaporated from it. The final product has a caramel taste and aroma. 

Coconut sugar contains many nutrients and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and zinc. It also contains some polyphenols and antioxidants. Many have stated that coconut sugar is low on the glycemic index because it provides a fiber called Inulin. Inulin slows glucose absorption. Not enough studies have been done to prove the low glycemic index of coconut sugar. 

Even though coconut oil contains all these nutrients mentioned above, you would have to eat copious amounts of it to enjoy any health benefits. Coconut sugar is comprised of 80% sucrose, half of which is fructose. So, therefore, coconut sugar contains the same amount of empty calories as table sugar.  

We all know that fructose is detrimental to every cell in our bodies. Too much fructose in a diet has been linked to “fatty liver,” and increased fat in the abdominal area. It is, therefore, with a sad heart that I have to recommend that you avoid coconut sugar altogether. What makes matters worse, is that some coconut sugar brands are mixed with cane sugar and other ingredients. 

The best is to avoid all sweeteners, doing this will help decrease your desire for sweet things in the long run. 


As you start substituting other products with coconut oil products, remember to monitor waist circumference and cholesterol levels. Please share your results with us here. We would love to hear from you. 

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