Coconut flour – composition

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  • #74084

    Chlofloso
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    I’ve ordered coconut flour and it has arrived. Now I see on the package that it contains 26 grams of carbohydrates, 8 of which are sugars. I thought that it was supposed to contain only 4 grams of carbs, or did I get that wrong? It contains nothing else but coconut, and I can’t understand why there are so many carbs in it. Is it because of a different kind of production process?
    Do I have to buy another brand? (I hope not, I got 5 kg since that was the best option regarding the high shipping costs…)

    Chloë

    #74091

    Able900
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    What brand do you have? Post a link to the product if you have it.

    #74098

    Chlofloso
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    I have this coconut flour:
    http://www.naturecare.ch/xt/product_info.php/info/p67_Kokosmehl-1kg.html

    As you can see, the picture is too small to read the product information and if you click on details, the information is not provided either. However, I just now found a homepage selling the same brand here http://www.vitality-concept.ch/produkte/kokosprodukte/kokosmehl/index.php , and here, when scrolling down, they actually say it contains only 4g of carbohydrates. But on my packages, which look exactly the same, it clearly says 26 grams. I guess I’ll have to ask the producer if this is a mistake.

    #74099

    raster
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    I wouldn’t worry about the carbs per serving, I would only worry about the amount of sugar per serving. If it contains 1g of sugar per serving, then this is OK. This isn’t an anti-carb diet, its an anti-sugar, anti-mold, anti-dairy, etc diet.

    Also, you won’t be consuming more than a few slices per day (hopefully) so I wouldn’t worry what it says on the label, unless it contains other ingredients.

    -raster

    #74135

    Chlofloso
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    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?

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    This is the list with the nutritional values of my coconut flour as provided by the lab who did the analysis:

    100g contain approx /
    enthalten durchschnittlich
    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.
    Fettsäuren
    dietary fibre / Ballaststoffe 41,6 g
    selenium / Selen
    0,126 mg/kg
    gluten / Gluten
    <10 mg/kg
    sodium / Natrium
    0,08 g
    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

    #74209

    Able900
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    Chlofloso;
    The thing about the carbohydrates in coconut (or the flour) is that, even though the number appears to be a fairly high count of carbs, the actual amount of ‘digestible carbohydrates is actually quite low.

    The bigger problem that I see is the fact that the company added hemicellulose to the mixture which makes no sense at all and is not beneficial to the treatment, only to the Candida.

    As far as your question, “Able, what do you think about this? Do you have a reliable source stating that coconut flour contains only 1g of sugar?”

    All I have is a package of Bob’s Red Mill organic coconut flour. One serving, which is listed as two tablespoons, contains 1 gram of sugar. At any rate, regardless of what you read, different brands can contain different amounts. And the brand you posted is, unfortunately, not the brand that most of us on the forum use.

    I can’t tell you what you could do about the flour; the best I can offer is to say that you can test it. You could cut the recipe in half and try a few pieces. Wait to see if you receive any type of reaction and let us know what they are as they happen.

    Sorry that I can’t offer any more advice or information.

    Able

    #74210

    Chlofloso
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    Thank you very much for the reply.
    I will test the flour with a very low amount.
    Your statement that there is 1g of sugars in “one serving = 2 tablespoons” makes the whole thing look a bit better though. I always thought it was 1g in 100g, which would definitely be more thn 2 tablespoons.

    Chloë

    #75507

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    I found a study where coconut flour was analyzed and it resulted that there are 60 % carbohydrates in coconut flour. All I can hope is that they’ve used a completely different processing to make the coconut flour or that the carbohydrates in coconut flour are really not feeding the candida…

    I’ve purchased another coconut flour which says that it only contains 4g of carbohydrates in 100g, and compared it to the one I already had with 26g and with 8g of sugars. They both taste exactly the same…

    I guess it’s not gonna make a big difference to anyone 😉 But I just wanted to share it because it’s still confusing me. The coconut flour really gives me much more energy though, so I want to keep eating it…

    #75508

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    #75509

    Chlofloso
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    Ok, I think I’ve sort of solved the mistery. Another study says:

    “The proximate analysis of coconut flour per 100 g sample is as
    follows: moisture, 3.6%; ash, 3.1%; fat, 10.9%, protein, 12.1%; and
    carbohydrates 70.3%. Coconut flour contained 60.9% total dietary
    fiber, 56.8% insoluble and 3.8% soluble”

    This means that they count dietary fibers as carbohydrates as well. I didn’t know that… in that case, the differences between different brands might just be a definition of what is a dietary fiber and what is a carbohydrate.

    Sorry guys! I sort of get it now!

    This is the link to the study:

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=15&cts=1331377229406&ved=0CE8QFjAEOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.pfigueiredo.org%2FTA26.pdf&ei=_i9bT6fbLYvoOfSpnP8M&usg=AFQjCNEPsc7O3wUkWGGa8I_E7xXfNlSKrA&sig2=gMchPJp1hldNkFC9IewJ6w

    Chloë

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