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  • Is coconut milk that healthy?

    From what I understand the benefit of coconut milk is its MCFA which is a very healthy type of fatty acid. Apart from that, coconut milk contains some potassium which is good as well. But it also contains some sugar (around 5 g/100 ml, 50% of which is fructose) and zero vitamins. So it seems that is a good source for good fat and some carbs but hasn`t much to offer apart from this. While I do not eat a lot of dairy, milk products seem, on the other hand, at least quite high in micronutrients. Or did I miss something? Doesn`t coconut oil offer the same benefits without the sugar? Sure, the milk is great in some Asian dishes (because of the taste) but it seems to be a staple in many people`s diet...

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    Coconut milk also lacks lactose, which means that people who don't do or don't tolerate dairy can enjoy it.

    Mostly I see it as a dairy alternative, but that's because I handle dairy well. I can drink a small carton of half-and-half or heavy cream for breakfast. Some don't drink dairy, for whatever reason, so they drink coconut milk or almond milk, though almond milk is less of a natural item, and the fats therein aren't as healthy.

    Also, coconut milk is less likely to have artificial hormones or antibiotics.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
      Coconut milk also lacks lactose, which means that people who don't do or don't tolerate dairy can enjoy it.

      Mostly I see it as a dairy alternative, but that's because I handle dairy well. I can drink a small carton of half-and-half or heavy cream for breakfast. Some don't drink dairy, for whatever reason, so they drink coconut milk or almond milk, though almond milk is less of a natural item, and the fats therein aren't as healthy.

      Also, coconut milk is less likely to have artificial hormones or antibiotics.
      Less likely? lol

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      • #4
        There's more to coconuts than lauric acid, potassium, and sugar. Just because it's not rich in micronutrients doesn't mean it's a bad source of macronutrients.

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