You know that many specialists from the keto community say that coconut is one type of food that you can consume without restrictions (especially coconut oil and coconut milk). It is high in fat and very low in carbohydrates.
The benefits of consuming coconut are partly due to the fact that coconut is high in MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and it increases ketone bodies production.
Unlike other types of fatty acids (like long-chain triglycerides) they do not require carnitine to be transported through the mitochondrial membrane and they are readily available for energy production.
Anyway, I’ve also seen many people reporting gastro-intestinal distress after consuming too much pure MCTs. But we’re talking about coconuts here and not pure 100% MCT oil. So let’s not get far from the subject.
If you travel to Thailand and you’re eager to consume local foods that are in line with your high-fat nutrition, “BBQ coconut” is one of these foods. Here’s a video that shows how they prepare it.
Last month, in January, I went to Thailand for 2 weeks. I was already following a high-fat meal plan for almost 3 months. I was in ketosis and I didn’t want to change that, which is why I did not get close to fruit stands and juice stands, which are all over the place in Thailand.
You see these Thai people “riding” their fruit stands across town and stopping in front of hotels to sell their stuff.
One afternoon I was having a coffee with Alex on the terrace of his Troy Guest House in Patong. We were just chilling when one of the sudden there’s this woman “riding” her food stand. Alex shouts for her to stop.
He was very excited. He asked me if I want something. I naturally refused, but he told me that there’s this thing called “BBQ Coconut” which is crazy. He was mostly after the water inside it, which has a really interesting taste.
When I heard it was coconut, I told him to get me one as well. These BBQ coconuts were kept in ice. What else could you ask for in a hot exotic location? Here’s a shot I did.
After drinking the water, Alex threw his “nut”.
I wanted to do the same, but something told me that there’s more than water in that coconut. I looked inside and I saw this thick-soft layer of coconut “meat”.
How can I eat that? I asked for a spoon. And then I became addicted. Here’s another shot.
That’s when I started buying these BBQs three times a day. Some days you couldn’t find them. It’s like they vanished into thin air. I later found out that the local supply with BBQ coconuts happens once every few days so merchants tend to run out of them.
You can have this magic food at prices ranging from 30 baht to 80 baht ($1-$2.5). It only depends on your Jedi negotiation skills. The merchants who sell them near big streets tend to ask for higher prices, but if you go to food markets (like Malin Plaza in Patong), you can get them at a decent price.
The best thing about this food is that you know it doesn’t contain hidden sugars. BBQ coconut is natural. And another “pro” is that you get 2 for 1: the coconut water and the coconut “meat”.
In the upcoming book (see the end of the article), I will dive deeper into BBQ coconuts and talk about how to get them cheaper, how to make sure that you choose the one with a lot of “meat” inside it, as well as how I ate this “meat” without having to carry a spoon with me all the time. This is a BBQ coconut that had a thicker layer of “meat”.
It would be great if we’d find them on the shelves of our supermarkets.
1. Stephen Phinney and Jeff Volek – The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living