Is coconut milk good for you? There are some concerns about coconuts so people aren't sure whether coconut milk is healthy. Unfortunately most of the concerns aren't scientifically justified. In this article I'll share with you some of the health benefits of coconut milk and how often to drink it. I'll also deal with the #1 myth about coconuts – large amounts of saturated fats in them are not healthy.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/natekoechley/
Myth #1 :Saturated fats in coconuts are unhealthy.
Coconuts are loaded with saturated fats – that's a fact and no one can deny it. Fortunately enough not all saturated fats are unhealthy. I won't go into details about it because you probably don't care that much about them. The thing is – saturated fats contained in coconuts aren't a cause of rising bad cholesterol level (LDL). On the contrary – their impact on the bad cholesterol level is beneficial. If you are really curios about some details feel free to read an article that covers this issue in more detail. Another thing is that non-canned comestible coconut milk isn't as extensively loaded with fats as the raw coconut milk and its consistency resembles the consistency of cow's milk.
Here's the area where coconut milk offers some great content. It contains significant amounts of such microelements as : iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium and manganese. If you were looking for some source of proteins I've got bad news for you – coconut milk has some albumins but the amount isn't that significant. Some of the comestible (non-canned) products are fortified with Vitamin A, Vitamin D and calcium so their nutritional value gets even better. The drawback of this is that the food is being processed while manufacturing which isn't a great news for health fanatics. Unfortunately everything has its price. Nevertheless it's a good idea to take a look on a specific products label before buying – you need to reassure yourself that the product fits your needs.Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smiteme/
Coconut milk as a great alternative to regular milk
Beside benefits mentioned above coconut milk is product that meets needs of a lot of people that can't or won't consume cow's milk. Because it's dairy free it's perfectly fitted for vegans and vegetarians abstaining themselves from dairies. People suffering from lactose intolerance will also be fond of this beverage. Another group of people that should appreciate coconut milk are those allergic to soy or casein.
As you can see coconut milk is a quite interesting alternative to cow's milk. It offers a load of nutrients to support your diet. If you are preferring unprocessed coconut milk (probably canned) you should monitor the amounts of it you are drinking. This milk kind is loaded with fats (though they are healthy!) so you shouldn't leap over the treshold with amounts – you probably don't want to increase the number of calories you provide yourself by additional 500, do you? Coconut milk can also be used as a natural moisturizer to relieve dry skin and some other beauty treatments but it's an issue worth writing another article about.