Why you’ll love the benefits of this coconut shake

Fresh coconut and milk

Coconuts are fruits grown in tropical regions, found on coconut trees. The Fast 800 uses this fantastic ingredient in all of our shakes products, so we are sharing why we love coconut and how it complements a moderately low-carb Mediterranean-style diet. 

Coconut water is the liquid found in the centre of coconuts and has been recognised as a great source of hydration. Research has suggested that it may help reduce blood sugar levels1 and moreover, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, though it shouldn’t replace your intake of regular water.

Coconut meat is the white flesh inside a coconut. It is very rich in fibre, healthy fats and may boost heart health by helping to decrease visceral fat.2 

Coconut milk and cream are made from shredded and squeezed dried coconut meat. Their benefits are similar to that of coconut meat, though they contain less fibre. They are great, flavoursome additions to recipes like curries and dahls.

Coconut oil is made from pressing dried or fresh coconut meat. Coconut oil has been linked to better brain function3 and increased HDL (good) cholesterol.4

Coconuts are also high in antioxidants5 and may improve the appearance of your teeth, hair and skin.6 

Coconuts and a Mediterranean-style diet

An abundance of research has been conducted over many years to recognise the Mediterranean diet as one of the healthiest in the world, which is why it forms the foundation of all of our recipes. The Mediterranean diet embraces healthy fats, such as olive oil, full fat dairy products and oily fish, to help you feel fuller for longer, stabilise blood sugar and support metabolic health.7 Similarly, coconut products are an excellent source of fat. 

Coconuts can be easily incorporated into your diet by:

  • occasionally using coconut oil as a replacement for olive oil in cooking;
  • adding coconut milk to delicious curries and dahls; and 
  • drinking The Fast 800 shakes – there’s even a coconut shake if you love the smooth and sweet flavour of coconut.

Coconuts and saturated fat

While coconuts are a source of saturated fat, scientists from Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard found little evidence suggesting saturated fat directly leads to a greater risk of heart disease.8 Importantly, the particular chemical composition of the saturated fat in coconut is more helpful than harmful; a 2016 review9 recognised that when individuals replaced more harmful long-chain triglycerides in their diets with medium-chain triglycerides, like those in coconut, fat loss occurred. Mediterranean-style diet promotes fat loss and insulin sensitivity, so the similar advantages of coconuts make them a worthy component.  


Cinnamon Chai

Coconut Cinnamon Chai

Serves: 1   Calories per serve: 257

Ingredients
50g The Fast 800 Coconut Shakes Powder
250ml unsweetened almond milk
½ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cardamom

Method
In a small pot over medium heat, whisk milk, shakes powder and spices together for 4-5 minutes or until desired temperature is reached. Serve in a mug and sprinkle over extra cinnamon.


Lime and Coconut Shake

Serves: 1   Calories per serve: 256

Ingredients
50g The Fast 800 Coconut Shakes Powder
250ml unsweetened almond milk
½ lime, zest and juice
ice

Method
In a blender, blitz milk, shakes powder, lime zest and juice and ice until smooth. Then, serve immediately.


Why our shakes include coconut and….we’ve launched a new coconut shake flavour! 

As part of a bespoke blend rich in protein, fibre and healthy fats, all The Fast 800 shakes and vegan shakes include coconut on the ingredient list. 

The Fast 800 shakes are quick and convenient options for those trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle. All shakes in the range are made from natural ingredients, with no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Each shake contains at least 20g of protein per serve along with essential vitamins and minerals and almost a third of your daily recommended fibre intake. Like all healthy fats, the shakes will keep you fuller for longer and with just 200-218 calories per serve, The Fast 800 shakes are great grab-and-go options for fasting days. 

The Fast 800 includes coconut in its shakes for its wonderful health benefits, and now there’s a new coconut shake flavour for those nuts about the sweet and creamy flavour of coconut. Our coconut shake tastes like a tropical holiday with water or the milk of your choice, but if you are looking to mix it up a little, try these recipes developed by our in-house nutritionist.

The Fast 800 coconut shake is an excellent addition to a moderately low-carb Mediterranean-style diet and particularly useful for those just starting their rapid weight loss journey, or simply looking for a convenient option for those days where time seems to disappear.

Hot, cold, blended or shaken, let us know your favourite way to enjoy The Fast 800 shakes.


Strawberry and coconut shake

Strawberry and Coconut Shake

Serves: 1   Calories per serve: 267

Ingredients
50g The Fast 800 Coconut Shakes Powder
250ml unsweetened almond milk
50g strawberries
ice

Method
In a blender, blitz milk, shakes powder, strawberries and ice until smooth then serve immediately.


Turmeric Latte

Serves: 1   Calories per serve: 258

Ingredients
50g The Fast 800 Coconut Shakes Powder
250ml unsweetened almond milk
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp black pepper

Method
In a small pot over medium heat, whisk milk, shakes powder and spices together for 4-5 minutes or until desired temperature is reached. Serve in a mug and sprinkle with extra turmeric.

 

Turmeric latte

References

[1]  Preetha PP, Devi VG, Rajamohan T. Hypoglycemic and antioxidant potential of coconut water in experimental diabetes. Food Funct. 2012 Jul;3(7):753-7. doi: 10.1039/c2fo30066d. Epub 2012 Jun 27. PMID: 22576019.

[2] Rial SA, Karelis AD, Bergeron KF, Mounier C. Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals. Nutrients. 2016;8(5):281. Published 2016 May 12. doi:10.3390/nu8050281

[3] Reger MA, Henderson ST, Hale C, Cholerton B, Baker LD, Watson GS, Hyde K, Chapman D, Craft S. Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2004 Mar;25(3):311-4. doi: 10.1016/S0197-4580(03)00087-3. PMID: 15123336.

[4] Assunção ML, Ferreira HS, dos Santos AF, Cabral CR Jr, Florêncio TM. Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Lipids. 2009 Jul;44(7):593-601. doi: 10.1007/s11745-009-3306-6. Epub 2009 May 13. PMID: 19437058.

[5] DebMandal M, Mandal S. Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.: Arecaceae): in health promotion and disease prevention. Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2011 Mar;4(3):241-7. doi: 10.1016/S1995-7645(11)60078-3. Epub 2011 Apr 12. PMID: 21771462.

[6] Wallace TC. Health Effects of Coconut Oil-A Narrative Review of Current Evidence. J Am Coll Nutr. 2019 Feb;38(2):97-107. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2018.1497562. Epub 2018 Nov 5. PMID: 30395784.

[7] Widmer RJ, Flammer AJ, Lerman LO, Lerman A. The Mediterranean diet, its components, and cardiovascular disease. Am J Med. 2015 Mar;128(3):229-38. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2014.10.014. Epub 2014 Oct 15. PMID: 25447615; PMCID: PMC4339461.

[8] Chowdhury R, Warnakula S, Kunutsor S, Crowe F, Ward HA, Johnson L, Franco OH, Butterworth AS, Forouhi NG, Thompson SG, Khaw KT, Mozaffarian D, Danesh J, Di Angelantonio E. Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Mar 18;160(6):398-406. doi: 10.7326/M13-1788. Erratum in: Ann Intern Med. 2014 May 6;160(9):658. PMID: 24723079.

[9] Boateng L, Ansong R, Owusu WB, Steiner-Asiedu M. Coconut oil and palm oil’s role in nutrition, health and national development: A review. Ghana Med J. 2016;50(3):189-196.

Coconut Shake

Calorie controlled nutrition for busy days

Made from all natural ingredients, The Fast 800 shakes are packed with fibre, protein, healthy fats and 26 vitamins and minerals for quick and easy nutrition.

Now including our new coconut shake, check out the shakes shop and find your favourite flavour!

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