Coconut milk is what health enthusiasts all over the call „the elixir of youth.” But I wouldn’t be so sure of it.
You see, while some may claim that coconut milk can help you shed pounds of fat, well… to them I say: „think again”. Because that’s actually far from being true.
Coconut milk is delicious, I can’t argue with that. However, it’s probably best for you if you limit your intake of that. Especially if you have a history of heart disease or elevated cholesterol, because that will only throw your health in the gutter.
The truth is that coconut milk is also filled with saturated fat and it’s packed with calories. In fact, I believe it’s safe to say that it contains as many calories as a chocolate bar, filled with caramel and nuts.
So, where’s the health in that?
Don’t Mistake Coconut Milk for Coconut Water
Unlike the milk, the coconut water is high in sodium & potassium. And it’s truly a great source that nourishes and hydrates you, especially after doing plenty of physical exercise.
A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise revealed that coconut water is as effective in replenishing your body fluids as a sports drink.
Plus, it’s a lot lower in calories than coconut milk. In fact, the coconut water contains 6 times less calories than coconut milk. A cup has no more than 45 calories, while a cup of coconut milk has somewhere around 500 calories!
And there’s more. The same cup of coconut milk contains minerals like:
- vitamins like B1, B3, B5, B6, C or E
But the fact that it also contains more than 50 grams of fat, out of which more than 45 grams is saturated – pretty much cancels all of the positive properties that the coconut milk might have.
Coconut Milk Health-Damaging Effects
- The coconut milk can trigger allergies in people who are tree nut allergies.
- The large amount of fructose in the coconut milk can cause fructose malabsorption, because your body may receive too much of that and is over-saturated. And when that happens, you’re prone to weight gain, or developing other more serious conditions like fatty liver disease and gout.
- If you’re suffering from IBS or inflammatory bowel disease, then I urge to be careful, since coconut milk can worsen your condition. If you’re experiencing flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, vomiting and fatigue, then stop consuming this type of milk.
If you’re interested in more healthier alternatives, then drop me a line and I’ll write an article on that topic.
In the meantime…
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To your health!