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Coconut milk - worth knowing about nutritional values, vitamins and application

Vegan milk substitute

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Coconut milk is not the same as coconut milk. The term is general and not clearly defined. Accordingly, the various products sold as coconut milk differ significantly from each other. Vegan is coconut milk in most cases, but due to the very different ingredients, it can not simply serve as a substitute for cow's milk. Find out more about this in this article and information on all areas of extraction of coconut milk and other products from the coconut.

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What is coconut milk?

Coconut milk or coconut water

The actual coconut milk does not originate in the coconut milk, but is industrially produced. The pulp of the coconut is taken out of the nut, mashed with water and pressed through a cloth. The resulting liquid is called coconut milk. It has a fat content of 15% to 25% and is thus significantly higher in fat than cow's milk.

The solid residue that remains in the cloth after this procedure can be mixed again with water and boiled. If the mixture is sieved again, a lower-viscosity coconut milk remains, which is also sold as coconut milk. The solid remainder serves as animal feed.

However, sometimes coconut water is also sold as coconut milk (though it has very different ingredients), and so-called coconut cream, a mixture of coconut milk and coconut oil, is also sometimes marketed as coconut milk. Coconut cream is very creamy and extremely rich in fat.
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The coconut milk - No homogeneous liquid

The coconut milk has a high fat content

The fat content of coconut milk is much higher than that of cow's milk, and therefore coconut milk can not be permanently homogenized. The milk is produced in the country of cultivation of the coconuts and sold in cans and tetra packs all over the world. However, the fat of the coconut milk settles after a short time. Coconut milk should therefore be stirred or shaken a dozen times before use. This is widely accepted in the producing countries, but not necessarily in Western countries. For this reason, there are always products on the market to which emulsifiers, thickeners or stabilizers have been added. This must be noted on the package.
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Good nutritional value of coconut

Extensive range of vitamins - healthy coconut milk?

Coconut milk is a natural product that is quite nutritious. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially in potassium, sodium, iron and magnesium. Vitamins include: Vitamin C, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B4, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. With around 20% fat, coconut milk is anything but low in fat. However, the triglycerides contained are medium-chain fats, which digests the body relatively quickly and which are not normally stored as fat deposits. 100 ml of coconut milk is about 197 calories.
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The coconut milk is only partially suitable for diets

Healthy but 20 percent fat

Coconut milk is repeatedly touted as a substitute for cow's milk during a diet. That's right and wrong: Coconut milk contains many medium-chain fats that are digested well by the body and actually do not "land on your hips" as quickly as the fats from cow's milk. Add to that the vitamins and minerals of coconut milk, which make them a truly healthy food. But there are also about 20% fat, which simply provide too much energy. Anyone who wants to take coconut milk as a substitute for cow's milk as part of a diet, should incorporate a maximum of 50 to 60 ml daily in the diet. With a larger amount, the total energy intake is simply too high, which can then be compensated by extensive physical exercise only difficult or impossible.
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Health aspects of coconut milk

Good alternative for lactose intolerance.

In lactose intolerance, coconut milk is also a good alternative to cow's milk. The milk is well digestible and tastes nutty and light, it provides valuable vitamins and minerals.

Coconut milk also protects the heart. The high content of coconut milk in saturated fat raises the cholesterol level. However, this is the HDL cholesterol level. The so-called good cholesterol is associated with a reduced risk of arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. This is a very new finding, because for a long time you could not distinguish between good and bad cholesterol. And even today, the exact relationships are not yet finally resolved.

Coconut milk stimulates the metabolism through the contained triglycerides. Since the thyroid plays a key role in the metabolism, it is believed that especially people with hypothyroidism could benefit from the positive properties of kojosmilk.

The lauric acid contained in coconut oil has an antibacterial effect. So anyone making spreads or other coconut milk foods can rely on a longer shelf life compared to the same food made with a different milk. The antibacterial effect unfolds coconut oil in the body: It is still being discussed to what extent the lauric acid can be used against herpes, influenza viruses and acne.
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Coconut milk is a staple food in the tropics

Studies are not everything.

In the tropical countries where coconut milk is produced today, it has been one of the staple foods for many generations. It is striking that the people of these countries hardly know heart attacks and strokes. Particularly noteworthy is the so-called Kitava study: In the late 1980s, the Swedish researcher Lindberg dealt with the inhabitants of the island of Kitava in the archipelago Trobriand in Papua New Guinea. The people living there fed almost exclusively on natural foods, and a large part of their daily energy needs were covered by coconut products. About six percent of the population was between 60 and 95 years old. Lindberg notes that not a single one of the elderly shows signs of dementia, strokes were unknown. Most people died from accidents or malaria. Lindberg attributed this to the diet, because on Kitava industrially processed food was simply unknown.

In conclusion, it can be said that the influence of food on well-being, health and, above all, geriatric diseases is not yet sufficiently known. Coconut milk is certainly a food that many people can benefit from using it.
Letztes Update: 07.07.2019 16:01