Today I made coconut bread using all organic ingredients. I managed to find unsweetened shredded coconut, which I loved. It is very different than the sticky sweet mess found in the baking aisle of your average grocery store. The brand is called Lets Do…Organic and produces organic gummy bears, ice-cream cones, tapioca, and corn starch in addition to the coconut flour, flakes, and shredded coconut. The coconut contains no added sugars so that a consumer can choose how much, if any, sugar to add to what they are making. The brand advertises that the coconut contains natural fiber. There are also no preservatives or flavor enhancers, the ingredients list reads organic coconut (dehydrated and shredded). Bakers, a Kraft brand, also makes shredded coconut, except it is sweetened and mentions the moistness rather than health benefits. In 2004 it was given the best taste award for shredded coconut. The winning ingredient list of this shredded coconut reads: coconut, sugar, water, propylene glycol, salt, and sodium metabisulfate. Propylene glycol is a preservative commonly found in makeup and skin creams. I believe that Bakers uses it to retain the moisture in the coconut. Unfortunately it can cause heart, kidney, and liver problems. It is very cheap, it does what it is supposed to, and it is legal. Gladly there are other options like the great organic coconut pictured above. My bread turned out great and I will be purchasing from the Lets Do…Organic brand again.
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