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  • Anything wrong with using a whole can of coconut milk?

    I've only been primal for a little over two months. Things are going great. I've occasionally been making smoothies using the following:

    1 can coconut milk (14 oz)
    1 cup berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry)
    1 scoop whey protein powder

    I really like the taste and texture. But I can't seem to let go of the CW of how much saturated fat is in a whole can of coconut milk (about 70g). I'm not trying to lose weight and the recipe above doesn't seem to have any ill effects on me.

    In your opinion, is there anything wrong with this recipe?
    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82833.html

  • #2
    *shrugs* It all depends on where you are and what your goal is. If I ate like that, I might not gain but I wouldn't lose much either. I don't care about how much fat is in something, but I do have to watch the amounts. That's a lot of coconut milk. However, I noticed you said you made this occassionally. I see nothing wrong with it if it's not a daily staple.
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    • #3
      nope

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      • #4
        Forget the CW saturated fat nonsense. It's not even the same kind of fat that is in animals. There are all different kinds of saturated fat. The kind in coconuts is similar to the kind in mother's milk.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #5
          I've been using a upwards of a cup of coconut milk per day for the past three years or so. In the past year, it's been close to a can every day. There's science out there showing that the saturated fat in coconut is metabolized uniquely when compared to others.

          I wouldn't stress it.

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          • #6
            At my old job I'd take a walk next door to Kroger on my break and buy a can of coconut milk and a sweet potato. I'd have a can opener in my pocket and I'd pop the sweet potato in the microwave for a few minutes. I'd just pick it up and eat it like an apple and drink the milk from the can as I worked. I was feeling pretty great at the time, but was not trying to gain or lose.

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            • #7
              one can, that's my morning tonic with coffee, no probs.
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              • #8
                I make a similar smoothie 4-5 times a week. I mix in some ice and coconut cream (watered down milk basically) to stretch it out a bit and share with my wife. No ill effects.

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                • #9
                  That must be filling.
                  It would guess that you are having about 800 or so calories in the smoothie. I think 800 calories for a meal is probably reasonable for a lot of people. I don't think I'd want one every day at the expense of more diverse foods, but occasionally it is probably fine. If you find yourself wanting to cut calories though, you might reconsider it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Huarache Gal View Post
                    I've only been primal for a little over two months. Things are going great. I've occasionally been making smoothies using the following:

                    1 can coconut milk (14 oz)
                    1 cup berries (blueberry, raspberry, strawberry)
                    1 scoop whey protein powder
                    On barbell lifting days when I eat 4000 calories I've done a full can of coconut milk (800 calories) plus 6 raw eggs for protein and maybe a few berries for flavor. Similar to your creation. Wouldn't be concerned about the saturated fat, but it seems like a lot of calories for a female.

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                    • #11
                      If you're looking to lose weight and you're a female eating a full day's worth of meals on top of that, then I think it's just too much in terms of calories. Regarding nutrition though, you're fine, and it sounds delicious.
                      F 28/5'4/100 lbs

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, everyone. I tried one today using 1/2 a can of coconut milk and adding some water. It tasted great and had a little thinner consistency, which I like.
                        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread82833.html

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                        • #13
                          I drink a can of coconut milk almost every day now after I don't do dairy, and I didn't gain any weight. I've also tried goat mlk but I hate the taste, and besides, coconut milk contains few calories if its unsweetened.

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