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How much coconut milk do you drink a day?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM
Created June 06, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Lately I've been using about 1-1 1/2 cans of coconut milk a day (in smoothie, making curry, etc). It's nice to have on my whole30. Is that a lot? How much do you guys use a day?

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2949 · June 08, 2011 at 11:22 PM

mmm sounds yummy! I'm going to try this :-)

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2949 · June 07, 2011 at 3:36 AM

Great answer! I should probably cut back.... it's just hard since I already cut out so many other things that I liked.... (nightshades, all dairy/grains/sugar on my whole30)

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8757 · June 06, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Try using a hammer and long nail and poke thru the 3 little holes at the top, then drain the liquid out. Then start pounding on it until it cracks open. I pull the meat out and using a vegetable peeler to make fine strips, put on a cookie tray to lightly toast then freeze the entire batch. I pull it out as needed for my homemade protein or lara bars, add to smoothies, eat with fruit etc.

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15966 · June 06, 2011 at 1:21 PM

smash it in the driveway? Thats awesome.

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35 · June 06, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I agree. While I have coconut milk (the watery kind not in a can but in a sort of carton) in the refridgerator as I type this, something feels funny about it. I miss my machete because then I would eat so many. In its stead, I toss the coconut at my driveway so it breaks. Sometimes i lose a little juice, but not much. It is delicious but I'm someone who tries to eat the whole coconut once its opened, since I've never been able to really keep it preserved well no matter how I try. Perhaps they are both nearly as wasteful? But you are right that one is far more paleo, & paleo aside, more real.

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656 · June 06, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I keep wondering why more people dont just eat the actual coconut, break the hard shell and eat it......thats my favorite thing to do

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656 · June 06, 2011 at 1:06 PM

good to know about that, I love to ride, long rides too, and tho it seems to not be a Paleo thing, I cant help myself. I guess bringing coconut chips along on the ride instead of power bars? Do you bring food on your long rides? If so, what do you bring?

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358 · June 06, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Me too! Coconut oil is the best! I cook everything with it and converted my non-paleo hubby to evco!

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1585 · June 06, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Its good stuff!

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2949 · June 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM

I cook with coconut oil too :-)

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15966 · June 06, 2011 at 12:53 PM

None. I cook with coconut oil probably every other day. I've never drunk coconut milk. I've had it in curries, etc.

For me personally, it just seems a bit odd, and somewhat extreme, this fascination many in the paleo world (especially new comers) have with drinking, or just consuming, very large quantities of coconut milk.

I'm not bagging on it, just that i mean if you step back and look at perhaps your weekly consumption of it, would it not be somewhat shocking? Things like that, and we all have them, are I've come to believe, somewhat less than ideal - consuming so regularly so much of one thing, especially if its out of can. No one else feel something deep down similar?

PS: I know the stuff is tasty; i know its healthy, etc.

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8757 · June 06, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Try using a hammer and long nail and poke thru the 3 little holes at the top, then drain the liquid out. Then start pounding on it until it cracks open. I pull the meat out and using a vegetable peeler to make fine strips, put on a cookie tray to lightly toast then freeze the entire batch. I pull it out as needed for my homemade protein or lara bars, add to smoothies, eat with fruit etc.

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15966 · June 06, 2011 at 1:21 PM

smash it in the driveway? Thats awesome.

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35 · June 06, 2011 at 1:14 PM

I agree. While I have coconut milk (the watery kind not in a can but in a sort of carton) in the refridgerator as I type this, something feels funny about it. I miss my machete because then I would eat so many. In its stead, I toss the coconut at my driveway so it breaks. Sometimes i lose a little juice, but not much. It is delicious but I'm someone who tries to eat the whole coconut once its opened, since I've never been able to really keep it preserved well no matter how I try. Perhaps they are both nearly as wasteful? But you are right that one is far more paleo, & paleo aside, more real.

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656 · June 06, 2011 at 1:08 PM

I keep wondering why more people dont just eat the actual coconut, break the hard shell and eat it......thats my favorite thing to do

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390 · June 06, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I use enough that coconuts should FEAR me.

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1585 · June 06, 2011 at 7:11 AM

None, but I use EV coconut oil everyday and tuns of it. ;)

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358 · June 06, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Me too! Coconut oil is the best! I cook everything with it and converted my non-paleo hubby to evco!

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1585 · June 06, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Its good stuff!

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2949 · June 06, 2011 at 8:00 AM

I cook with coconut oil too :-)

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11099 · June 06, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I was going through about a can every two days just in my tea, smoothies, and occasional desserty type thing, but about a month ago, I stepped into a much lower carb style to see how I felt for a while, and also just to have break from foods I was relying on too much. So, coconut milk was banished, along with all nuts, seeds and fruit(I already eat no dairy), and any starchy veggies (which I rarely ate anyway )...I have been dropping fat, feeling much more energetic, and am generally in a better mood. To test my reaction after this break, I made a custard yesterday with eggs, coconut milk, and a few other ingredients, and noticed that it created a binge urge in me that I hadn't felt all month...so, I think coconut milk is off my menu now...what a money saver...plus it was one of the last foods I was purchasing in a package.

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2949 · June 07, 2011 at 3:36 AM

Great answer! I should probably cut back.... it's just hard since I already cut out so many other things that I liked.... (nightshades, all dairy/grains/sugar on my whole30)

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0 · January 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM

I was drinking one can of coconut milk and it made me very sick

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0 · January 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I want to gain weight but I can't can coconut milk help me gain weight? For example when I drink two cups daily

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146 · March 05, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Wow...a can to can 1/2 is lot. I have about 1/3 to 1/2 a can. It becomes a laxative for me if I have more than that.

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7967 · June 08, 2011 at 9:23 PM

I don't use any. I cook with coconut oil, but rarely get the chance to eat coconut meat. If I do, it's in macaroons...I love macaroons.

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80 · June 08, 2011 at 11:15 AM

i use it in my cofee every morning and it tastes great, that is all i use in the day..add cofee, ice, cocnut milk and a hint of honey in a blender.. yummy cofee smoothie

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2949 · June 08, 2011 at 11:22 PM

mmm sounds yummy! I'm going to try this :-)

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2081 · June 06, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Anywhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cup, depending on how much coffee I have - it's what I use in place of cream or half and half.

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3756 · June 06, 2011 at 7:08 PM

None. I tried having one can a day when I did a Whole30 and it caused me to become bloated and gassy. I tried a few different brands but it didn't work out. Bummer.

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4080 · June 06, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I eat around one can a day in my breakfast tea (with gee and a touch of honey) and in smoothies. I also drink 1 coconut water a day as a snack at work. I sometime snack on coconut flakes too. Any more than that or if I use any coconut oil at all and I get nauseated. I am not trying to lose weight by any means, so the more fat the merrier! Plus I have read that coconut products help with tummy troubles!

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1502 · June 06, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I often drink a whole can, or refrigerate it so the fat firms up at the top and then eat the fat as a dessert.

I do find, though, I need to drink it in moderation if I am trying to lose weight. A whopping 700+ calories per can is a lot. It doesn't seem to make me gain weight, but merely slows down weight loss.

I do use copious amounts in tea, which doesn't seem to bother my weight loss.

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1502 · June 06, 2011 at 2:32 PM

I often drink a whole can, or refrigerate it so the fat firms up at the top and then eat the fat as a dessert.

I do find, though, I need to drink it in moderation if I am trying to lose weight. A whopping 700+ calories per can is a lot. It doesn't seem to make me gain weight, but merely slows down weight loss.

I do use copious amounts in tea, which doesn't seem to bother my weight loss.

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1169 · June 06, 2011 at 11:02 AM

I drink about one can (400 ml) each day. Sometimes more.. I love coconut milk <3

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5904 · June 06, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Probably about 250ml. I have it in my protein drink and on my breakfast. If I'm going for a big bike ride, I'll drink a 400ml can beforehand.

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656 · June 06, 2011 at 1:06 PM

good to know about that, I love to ride, long rides too, and tho it seems to not be a Paleo thing, I cant help myself. I guess bringing coconut chips along on the ride instead of power bars? Do you bring food on your long rides? If so, what do you bring?

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1724 · June 06, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Yea, I'm more in th3 200-250 ml camp (usually with fruit). Hmm, and I thought I was eating a lot. Clearly I'm not even "on the map."

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2409 · June 06, 2011 at 7:14 AM

250 ml with some cinnamon and sometimes a banana.

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-2 · January 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I'm reading everyone's post about drinking coconut milk out of a can, which obviously has more calories. Personally, I only use those for cooking and would never even think of drinking them straight out of the can. I am a coconut milk fanatic and drinks 8oz in the morning and a low pasteurized milk at night. While everyone has been sick around me, I feel more energize and I feel full throughout the day. So my suggestion is to try Coconut Dream in a carton; 80cal(1 cup), rather than the 700cal out of a can. Plus it's packed with Vitamins A, D ,B12, and calcium. I buy mine from an organic store called Mother's Market & Kitchen. Hope this helped.

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