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Do you cook or bake with coconut oil? Do you occasionally sprinkle coconut flakes on yogurt or fresh fruit? Have you considered using coconut milk with your morning oatmeal or cereal? If your answers to those question are no, is it because you’re scared of the fat content found in coconut products? Coconut water received a lot of attention once celebrities were spotted sipping the trendy drink. If you’ve jumped on the coconut water bandwagon, check out other ways to use coconut and start reaping its benefits!

Coconut Milk : While it is not rich in calcium, it is rich in phosphorus, which helps bones develop. Coconut milk is a great source of iron, which according to the World Health Organization is the most widespread nutritional disorder in the world. Coconut milk is high in fiber which gives one the feeling of satiety which can help prevent over-eating.

Coconut Oil: You might be shocked by both the price and amount of saturated fat but definitely consider baking with coconut oil. I made really delicious zucchini brownies shown below that called for coconut oil and they turned out great!

From what I’ve read, there is still much debate regarding the healthfulness of saturated fats in coconut. Some school of thought suggests that all saturated fat is bad whereas others say that the saturated fat in coconut gets used as energy instead of being stored in fat cells.

On a side note, one of my favorite treats lately has been plain Greek yogurt with berries and a sprinkle of coconut. The coconut adds a little sweetness and a lot of texture to staple snack I was starting to tire of.