We are fans of coconut milk and love using it in our recipes. (It is very versatile and is used in lots of Caribbean and Indian cuisine and in many desserts.) If you avoid dairy for dietary reasons, coconut milk can be a great substitute. You will find many of our recipes that use coconut milk on our website. (Pumpkin Mousse, Baked Oatmeal, Sweet Potato Casserole, Creamy Cauliflower Soup to list a few.)
Coconut milk contains medium chain triglycerides. These fats are excellent for your brain and muscles and are often used to aid in losing weight. If you want to learn more about the health benefits of coconut, particularly the oils it contains, click here.
If you are going to buy coconut milk, there are a few things you should know. Coconut milk that comes in larger cartons (usually near the dairy sections in supermarkets) often contain sweeteners and other additives. We prefer to buy it in cans. You will need to read the label carefully, as cans can be coated in bpa (bisphenol A), which should be avoided due to some of the negative health effects associated with it. Canned coconut milk can also contain guar gum, which may not be problematic for some, but does cause some digestive issues in others. We prefer to buy full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream that has not had any of the beneficial fats removed. One brand we’d recommend is the Natural Value Organic Coconut Milk, 13.5 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) or find it on Thrive Market.
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