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I am always watching for new products, especially in natural-food stores, and recently I found 2 coconut products which will help diabetics enjoy low-glycemic, agave sweetened, totally-natural, healthier desserts (of course, on that basis, they are also great for ANYONE); these products provide new options for anyone who is lactose intolerant and needs foods which are dairy-free, too. Vegans can also use these foods. You can read articles about why coconuts are such an important human food in 4 of my prior articles whose links are in the Reference section, below.
You may have to ask your health-food store to special-order these products at first, but once they do, get them to try them; then, you may find them willing to just include them as a regular part of their inventory! They definitely are tasty, as well as healthier. Whole Foods carries both.
So, let’s learn more. The first product is called SO Delicious, and it is a coconut-water based yoghurt, sweetened by low-glycemic agave nectar, and containing what is possibly a newer combination of friendly probiotic cultures for your body, which include: L. Bulgaricus, L. Plantarum, L.Rhamnosus, L.Paracasei, Bif. Lactus and S. Thermopolis (Jordan Rubin, CEO of Garden of Life, trained as a naturopathic physician, but doesn’t practice, says he has serious reservations about S. thermopolis, which is also on every other yoghurt label I have looked at. Oh well, an opportunity missed.).
Last week, for the first time in ages, I had to go through a course of antibiotics, as I had injured one eye, and it became red and swollen. Anytime a person is on antibiotics, their friendly gut bacteria are also being killed, and so it is important to replace those ‘friendlies’ each day, while you take the medicine (use yoghurt about 2 hours after at least one of your pill doses) and then for at least a week beyond that. This time, I used the SO Delicious yoghurt as a source of my ‘friendlies’, and it was an effective source. I had a normal week, without discomfort, and I was helping by not adding dairy, which disrupts most adults’ intestines in various ways, when the gut was already under seige.
I still think that any yoghurt has to be considered a dessert. In addition to being dessert-like, SO Delicious has the perfect mineral profile, which matches our blood plasma, (that’s why clean, fresh coconut-water was used during World War 2, as an IV in surgery, in the Pacific islands, when they ran out of other options).
But, SO Delicious is not a protein source like dairy yoghurt is. And, it’s fats are saturated fats, (they are no choesterol, vegetarian fats). Unlike dairy yoghurt, these coconut fats contain the healthy medium-chain essential fatty acids our bodies need for making both genders’ hormones like progesterone. So far, this year, coconut fats have kept my post-menopausal progesterone levels better balanced to prevent the problems of excess estrogen running rampant. Progesterone and estrogen must always have a ratio to one another.
SO Delicious’ carbohydrate comes from agave nectar, which is a low-glycemic sweetener from blue agave cactus, which is very useful for stable-blood-sugar for diabetics and anyone who understands the health issues created by other sugar sources. There are no artificial ingredients.
SO Delicious comes in many flavors: plain (slight coconut hint of flavor), vanilla, coconut-pineapple, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, passionate mango are the ones I remember. I have tried all of them except strawberry; it’s still sitting in my fridge. (UPDATE – finally got to the strawberry; it’s a very light flavor, needs some berries mixed in for some burst-of-flavor). All flavors tasted delicious, along a continuum, with plain on one end and passionate mango on the other (I liked mango best; raspberry and blueberry tied for second and coconut-pineapple for third).
The nutrition profile is 140 calories for the 1 container serving, and Fat 6 grams, Carbohydrate 24 grams, Protein 1 gram, Cholesterol 0 grams.
You can learn more at their web-site www.sodeliciousdairyfree.com or http://turtlemountain.com/ Download their PDF of ingredients per product at http://turtlemountain.com/products/purely_decadent_Coconut_Milk.html
So Delicious also have several frozen coconut desserts (like an ice-cream), that I saw at Whole Foods this afternoon, but I haven’t tried them yet; my husband said some of them are soy-based, so I will have to check (I did, some are soy coconut-water combos; others are only coconut-water based. Read the PDF above).
I want only the coconut-based products, as I will not use the soy; it is a goiterogen, which slows (and possibly harms) the thyroid gland, so we always limit our use of soy, especially anything other than the whole bean (known as edamame)(whole soy beans have a few protective elements, I believe, that make it a little less damaging).
The next item was found by my husband (I’ve helped him learn to be quite a discerning shopper; he’s a great guy!). It IS a coconut-water based frozen ice-cream type treat called Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss . They have about 6 flavors. So far, we have tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge and the Cherry Amaretto. All our family gave each flavor a thumbs-up.
You can checkout their website at: http://www.coconutbliss.com
Recipes For Longevity — Coconut, The Tree of Life — Part 4A
Recipes For Longevity – Coconut Oil – Part 4C
Recipes For Longevity – Part 4D: Coconut Oil
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