There’s been an explosion in coconut-based edibles, including products made from its oil, flesh, milk and sap. Research into the fruit’s specific health benefits – such as weight loss and improved HDL, or “good” cholesterol, levels – is ongoing, but the perks below (including added fibre and less sugar than many other fruits) speak for themselves. Here are some simple swaps you can make to add a few of these products to your diet – and how they compare to common pantry staples.
Coconut blossom sugar
Glycaemic index 35, R99.99, Wellness Warehouse
Glycaemic index 65
72g carbs, 3g fibre, 28g protein per cup, R53, Dis-Chem
95g carbs, 3g fibre, 13g protein per cup
42kJ, 2.2g carbs per 100ml, www.cocozone.com
90kJ, 4.9g carbs per 100ml