I called the company (naturecare.ch) that sells my coconut flour. They were confused to hear that the other site I mentioned which sells their product states that there are only 4g of carbs in the flour. They told me that they’ve had the flour analyzed by a lab recently. As you can see on the list at the end of this post, the analysis revealed that the flour has 20.8g of carbs, 18.7 from which are sugars. They said they are 100% sure that these are the correct values, and that there is no other way in producing coconut flour which would lower the sugar content. They therefore think that the statement that coconut flour contains only 4g of carbs is a myth – a mistake someone made once and everyone copied it without double-checking.
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut#Fruit) states the following nutrition facts for raw coconut meat:
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,481 kJ (354 kcal)
Carbohydrates 15.23 g
– Sugars 6.23 g
– Dietary fiber 9.0 g
Fat 33.49 g
– saturated 29.70 g
– monounsaturated 1.43 g
– polyunsaturated 0.37 g
Protein 3.3 g
In my logic, if you remove most of the fat during the production of coconut flour, which is obviously done, the amount of carbohydrates and sugars per 100g would have to rise. Or is there a way to get rid of them during the production process?
This homepage http://www.happyhealthyhousewife.com/nutritionfacts_nutritionfactscoconutflour.html also states that coconut flour contains 23.9 grams of carbs per 100g.
There are three explanations in my opinion:
– the lab analyzing my coconut flour did a mistake, but then I don’t know how this can correspond with the nutritional values of raw coconut meat found on wikipedia
– they are right and everyone else is wrong
– there is a misunderstanding between what is defined as carbohydrates and what is defined as dietary fibers, since dietary fibers are mainly polysaccharides. That would explain the carbohydrate-part, but not the huge differences in sugar content which are 1g as opposed to 18g.
Able, what do you think about this? Do you have a reliable source stating that coconut flour contains only 1g of sugar?
This is the list with the nutritional values of my coconut flour as provided by the lab who did the analysis:
100g contain approx /
energy value / Brennwert
980 kJ / 233 kcal
protein / Eiweiß 19,2 g
carbohydrates / Kohlenhydrate 20,8 g
thereof sugar / davon Zucker 18,7 g
fat / Fett 8,1 g
– saturated fatty acids / gesättigte Fettsäuren 7,54 g
– monounsat. fatty acids / einfach unges. 0,47 g
Fettsäuren 0,09 g
– polyunsat. fatty acids / mehrfach unges.
dietary fibre / Ballaststoffe 41,6 g
selenium / Selen
gluten / Gluten
sodium / Natrium
Saccharose 15,2 g/100 g
Glucose 2,9 g/100 g
Fructose 0,6 g/100 g
Laktose <0,1 g/100 g
Maltose <0,1 g/100 g
Sugar (total) / Zucker gesamt 18,7 g/100 g