Coconut milk joins its friends on the super-food list. Not only is it creamy, sweet and delicious, it is extremely beneficial to your health.
Coconut milk is the liquid stored within coconut meat (the flesh of the coconut). Coconut water is the liquid found inside the center of the coconut, it is less creamy and transparent.
Mature coconuts contain less water and more coconut meat. Coconut water is usually harvested from immature coconuts, while coconut milk is harvested from mature coconuts. Coconut milk is high in fatty acids and calories, while coconut water is high in electrolytes and sugar.
Coconut meat is blended into a pulp and then strained. The liquid part is called coconut milk.
Consume coconut milk in moderation, make sure that you are counting your calories.
Coconut milk is a wonderful dairy alternative, since it is free of lactose, soy, nuts and grains.
The Nutritional Facts of Coconut Milk
100ml of homemade coconut milk contains:
(All canned coconut milk nutrition facts differ from each other. Check your coconut milk nutrition label. Full fat coconut milk may have coconut cream floating on the top)
Other Vitamins and minerals found in smaller amounts:
Is coconut milk good for you?
Coconut milk is full of healthy fatty acids called Lauric acid. It was previously believed that coconut fat was bad for us, but new research proves that these medium chain fatty acids can lower the risk of heart disease, lower bad cholesterol levels and improve blood pressure.
The Lauric acid is converted by the body into Monolaurin. Monolaurin is antiviral and antibacterial, which means that it can protect against disease and infection.
One of my favorite benefits of drinking coconut milk: The fatty acids are converted into energy quickly and are therefore less likely to be stored as fat. This makes coconut oil and coconut milk a powerful weight loss tool. I often use it myself, as an appetite suppressant. Read more about the amazing weight loss benefits of coconut oil.
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