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Saturday, 22 December 2018
Coconut Milk Health Benefits and Uses ... and some recipe suggestions
Franziska Spritzler RD CDE writes:
"Coconut milk has recently become very popular. It's a tasty alternative to cow's milk that may also provide a number of health benefits. This article takes a detailed look at coconut milk. What Is Coconut Milk?
Coconut milk comes from the flesh of mature brown coconuts. It is used in many traditional cuisines around the world.
How Is It Made?
Coconut milk is made by grating flesh from a brown coconut, soaking it in water and then straining it to produce a milk-like consistency.
Coconut milk is high in calories and saturated fat. The milk is also a good source of several vitamins and minerals.
Effects on Weight and Metabolism
Coconut milk contains small amounts of MCTs. Although MCTs may increase metabolism and help you lose belly fat, the low levels in coconut milk are unlikely to significantly affect weight loss.
Effects on Cholesterol and Heart Health
Overall, cholesterol and triglyceride levels improve with coconut intake. In cases where “bad” LDL cholesterol increases, “good” HDL typically increases as well.
Other Potential Health Benefits
Animal and test-tube studies suggest that coconut milk may reduce inflammation, decrease ulcer size and fight viruses and bacteria that cause infections — though some studies did not solely examine coconut milk.
Potential Side Effects
Coconut milk is likely safe for most people who are not allergic to coconuts. It is best to choose BPA-free cans.
How to Use It
Coconut milk can be used in a variety of recipes. It’s generally best to choose coconut milk in cartons or make your own at home.
The Bottom Line
Coconut milk is a tasty, nutritious and versatile food that is widely available. It can also be made easily at home. It’s full of important nutrients like manganese and copper. Including moderate amounts in your diet may boost your heart health and provide other benefits as well. To experience this tasty milk alternative, try using coconut milk today."
The above words are just a small snippet from Franziska's post, please read it in full here
Here are three recipes that use coconut milk, that you may wish to try.
Individual Fish Pies : Low Carb, Dairy Free and Tasty
Dear readers, you will find a variety of articles/recipes within this blog, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.