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Nutrition in Coconut Macaroons

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Nicki Wolf has been writing health and human interest articles since 1986. Her work has been published at various cooking and nutrition websites. Wolf has an extensive background in medical/nutrition writing and online content development in the nonprofit arena. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Temple University.
Nutrition in Coconut Macaroons
Close-up of freshly baked coconut macaroons. Photo Credit annavee/iStock/Getty Images

Coconut macaroons are a type of cookie, consisting of a mound of shredded coconut held together egg whites, cream of tartar, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. You can find these cookies ready-made in your grocery store or make them at home. They impart a sweet taste and have a chewy texture.

Calories

A two cookie serving of coconut macaroons contains 104 to 142 calories, according to MyFitnessPal. The Diet Channel recommends keeping snacks between 100 to 200 calories and two coconut macaroons fit this calorie range. You may also consider eating just one coconut macaroon along with a handful of raw carrots to boost the nutritional value of your snack.

Fat and Sugar

Two coconut macaroons contain 4 to 8 g of fat, accounting for 35 to 51 percent of the calories. MayoClinic.com recommends limiting your fat intake to 20 to 35 percent of your total daily calories, or 44 to 78 g. As such, you may want to eat just one cookie to keep your fat intake down. Coconut contains natural sugars, although the sweetened condensed milk in the macaroons does contain added sugars. Two coconut macaroons have 2 g of sugar. Added sugars should not exceed 6 to 9 g of sugar each day. Excess sugar and fat in your diet contributes to obesity as well as other medical conditions.

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Carbohydrates and Protein

Each two cookie serving of coconut macaroons contains 15 to 16 g of carbohydrates. The Institute of Medicine recommends including 130 g of carbohydrates in your diet each day to satisfy your energy needs. Consuming carbohydrate-rich foods can also help you lose weight. Carbohydrates rich in fiber; two coconut macaroons provide 2 g of fiber, which can keep your feeling full for longer. Coconut macaroons also contain 2 to 3 g of protein per two cookie portion. Protein also serves as a source of energy and helps you replace proteins as your body uses them. Be sure to include 46 to 56 g of protein in your daily meal plan.

Vitamins and Minerals

Consuming two coconut macaroons contributes toward your daily calcium requirements, providing 6 percent of the daily recommended intake. Your body does not manufacture calcium, so it is imperative to eat foods containing this mineral. Women, in particular, need to ingest enough calcium as they age; too little calcium in the diet may result in osteoporosis, a condition marked by brittle and easily-fractured bones. This portion of coconut macaroons also contributes 4 percent of the iron and 2 percent of the vitamin A you need to consume every day.

Benefits

Because coconut macaroons contain no leavening agents, such as baking powder or baking soda, this makes it an ideal cookie to serve during Passover, a Jewish holiday during which leavened foods are avoided. Eating coconut macaroons may also help you get rid of parasitic worms. Consuming the meat of the coconut is recognized as a folk remedy in India, according to the Earth in Common website. No scientific research confirms this use.

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