Coconut milk is a very famous, healthy and common alternative to cow’s milk. It is much thicker, creamier and tastier. Coconut milk should not be confused with coconut milk, which is naturally present in coconut fruit, while coconut milk is made from coconut flesh and is much high in healthy fats and vitamins then coconut water. Coconut milk comprises of 50% water. Coconut milk can be bought from the market easily in cans or can be easily prepared at home too. Here are some of the health benefits and uses of coconut milk, which is used widely in South East Asian cuisines.
1. Nutrients in coconut milk:
Coconut milk is a high calorie food. Most of its calories come from fat, like saturated fatty acids. It also contains certain vitamins and minerals like:
1. Fat2. Protein3. Fiber4. Fats6. Fiber7. Vitamin C8. Folate9. Iron10. Magnesium11. Potassium12. Copper13. Manganese14. Selenium
2. Weight loss and metabolism aid:
Coconut milk contains medium chained triglycerides MCTs in large quantities and some evidence suggests that it has benefits for weight loss and metabolism.
3. Affects on cholesterol and heart health:
Because coconut milk is so high in saturated fats, many people wonder if it is a good choice to consume coconut and its products. There is not a lot of study on coconut milk specifically that examines its affects on the heart, but there are some case reports that suggest it is good for the heart.