There is a lot of controversy on the health benefits of coconuts. Coconuts are high in saturated fat (6 grams in 1/4 cup) and saturated fat is known to increase LDL cholesterol, which is the bad cholesterol. However, there are studies that show that the fat in coconuts may actually decrease LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, which is the good cholesterol. Some individuals swear by it and it does have positive effects for their cholesterol and others it has negative effects. It all comes down to the person on what kind of effects it will have on cholesterol levels, so if you are interested in trying coconut to lower cholesterol give it a go! But be sure to monitor your cholesterol levels and make changes accordingly.
I believe that everything is good in moderation and that adding a little bit of coconut into your diet can be a good thing. Coconuts are high in fiber, B vitamins, iron, calcium, and the antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium. With these vitamins and minerals, coconuts may help improve digestion and boost the immune system. And because it is higher in fat is helps with the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K.
The recipe below contains peanut butter, coconut, dark chocolate, and honey, all of which are rich in antioxidants and can boost the immune system. And this recipe is higher in fat so that means that smaller amounts will help keep you fuller longer and help ward off those mid morning hunger cravings.
Peanut Butter Coconut Snack Bites
- 1 cup oats
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional: 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together. Cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. This helps make the mixture easier to roll into balls later.
- Once the 30 minutes is up, roll into Tbs size balls. Store in refrigerator for 4-6 days….if they last that long! Enjoy!!!