Coconut Oil vs. Shredded Coconut for snacking.

Answered on January 12, 2013
Created January 11, 2013 at 7:49 PM

I occasionally grab some dehydrated coconut flakes as a snack, but I was wondering if coconut oil would be a better option. The only difference I can see is that shredded coconut has fiber, whereas the oil is more calorie dense. Other than macro-nutrients, are there any downsides to either? Where do they stand on phytic acid levels; does shredded coconut have more because it's only dehydrated and not pressed like the oil? I ask since I occasionally get an irritated mouth eating the flakes. Thanks for any input.

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on January 12, 2013
at 12:23 AM

I don't know about the phytic acid question, but dehydrated coconut flakes do contain some coconut oil--you see that when you grind coconut flakes to make your own coconut butter. They're pretty nutrient dense IMHO.

I like to snack on coconut butter. When I make my own from coconut flakes, I add a little coconut oil as it seems to help it become coconut butter faster. Coconut butter is pretty solid at room temperature (at least in my house, especially in the winter) so I've learned to put softened coconut butter in ice cube trays to harden. Then I can just pull out a cube and snack on it or add it to other things (like paleo hot chocolate). I use little silicone ice cube trays with cute shapes. Currently I have a jar full of coconut fish.



on January 12, 2013
at 02:18 AM

i eat both, but i prefer coconut oil for it's creaminess.



on January 12, 2013
at 01:07 AM

I've tried just eating spoonfuls of coconut oil, It seems like there isn't enough chewing involved to digest it properly. So maybe if you chew the heck out of it.

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