Coconut milk is a popular dairy alternative for people who are lactose intolerant, vegan or simply dairy-free. There are 4 edible components to a coconut: Water, cream, meat, and milk. Coconut milk is not “milk” by definition, but it is the thick liquid from blending coconut meat and water together then strain it.
So what is the big deal about coconut milk? Here are three benefits of using coconut milk in your diet:
Excellent source of vitamins and minerals
Coconut milk contains vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, selenium along with vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and vitamin E. Ensuring you have all these vitamins is vital for your overall health and helps support your immune system.
Coconut milk contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Emphasized as part of the keto diet to promote the production of ketones, MCTs have been linked to weight loss by researchers and can help prevent overeating. Using it as a dairy alternative or in your smoothies can help you keep on track to your New Year’s resolution goals and get all the benefits of using coconut milk in your diet.
Although coconut milk is known to be high in saturated fats, a study has shown that coconut milk can reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. However, coconut milk sometimes has additives in it, so make sure you check the label and watch out for added sugars, preservatives, and artificial thickeners like gums.
For some cooking inspiration, check out these 5 delicious recipes to add coconut milk to your diet.