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Trader Joe's Coconut Milk bad choice?

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Updated June 06, 2014 at 6:07 PM
Created March 17, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Why is TJs brand of cocnut milk bad? I know it is a light version --is that the reason why it is not liked? TJs brand is the only one I can find in my area that is 1) cheap $99/can 2) does not have any additives at all. All the brands FULL fat organic/reg contain that stupid guar gum. I did order some Aroy-D once but it cost way to much to ship --wont do that again.

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0 · June 06, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I want to know the answer!

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0 · April 05, 2014 at 6:56 AM

I agree. I was buying WF for a while and then suddenly the taste changed and it clumped together too hard to pour out if the can. It looks like paint!

I've never liked TJ's brand--same off flavor and hard clump in the can. When I can't make my own I've been buying expensive organic stuff, it at least pours out of the can.

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0 · April 04, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Any response??

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0 · April 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Careful on the BPA, I was buying a brand from a Chinese market in the area that the salegirl swore up and down didn't have BPA in it, got home, hit google, BPA. I mean, I guess I should have seen that coming, I was just surprised at how hard she defended it.

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0 · March 05, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Any word yet Drew? This appears to be the most direct answer to the question posed.

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0 · February 19, 2012 at 2:41 AM

I stand by this comment. TJ rountinely rates at the bottom for quality and mislabeling of organic products. I really don't know why people go to this mini-mart at all. They are cheating you.

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0 · December 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Trader joes is an over-rated store- Mine is totally afraid of fat and seems to lean toward an all veggie experience- go ahead minus me again.

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0 · November 15, 2011 at 7:07 AM

well at least they mark everything that's gluten free with that "G" think on the label...helps me out a little bit.

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0 · September 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

yeah. guar gum gives me some major gi issues whereas the tj's brand doesn't. i'm on a quest to find full fat coconut milk locally with no other ingredients besides coconut milk.

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0 · September 29, 2011 at 4:48 PM

+1 for "haul my ass" GB.

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0 · September 07, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Let's Do Organic creamed coconut isnt sweetened and it tastes great!!

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Ugh, I hate it when that happens!!

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 4:06 PM

It's not a good deal if it has half the calories and is half the price.

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

It's not a good deal if it was half the calories and is half the price.

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Speaking for myself, guar gum makes the coconut milk taste funny. Further, I'm quite happy with Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut for cooking and hot beverages and TJ's lite for cold beverages. The price is right for me and they're just coconut. Why eat an additive if I don't need to?

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 5:04 AM

What's the argument against guar gum, KL? That it is an additive?

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:24 AM

I bought a creamed coconut recently and didn't look at the ingredients. I got home and realized it was sweetened! ACK!

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:23 AM

NYC = $2.00/can or more. Unless I can haul my ass to TJ's.

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0 · March 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Yeah - in D.C., it's at least $1.50. And living by myself, I can't get through more than 2/3 of each can before it goes bad in the fridge. Perhaps I should be eating it more...

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0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:58 PM

And here I was thinking $2.39/can was a decent price. :(

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0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:37 PM

LOL @WyldKard you must not live in California--everything is CRAZY expensive here --but it is sunny

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0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:34 PM

$99/can doesn't sound cheap. ;)

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0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:23 PM

But it has guar gum

5edbf85deaf83e13b176df023abb154d
0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Yep. That is what we get.

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75 · November 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

The danger with TJ's isn't guar gum (it doesn't have that), it's a BPA-lined can. Chris Kresser blogged on this topic here: http://chriskresser.com/3-reasons-why-coconut-milk-may-not-be-your-friend

I have an outstanding question to TJ's customer service as to whether they use BPA-lined cans. When I get the answer I'll post it.

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0 · June 06, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I want to know the answer!

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0 · March 05, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Any word yet Drew? This appears to be the most direct answer to the question posed.

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12174 · March 17, 2011 at 11:57 PM

I've gotten coconut milk shipped straight to my door by the case from Amazon - and got an additional discount and free no minimum shipping by doing it with Subscribe and Save. (As always, I cancelled the subscription after the initial order - pain-free.)

In any case you can usually get both nutrition information / ingredients and customer reviews for most Amazon grocery products, so try some sniffing around there for your coconut milk search as well!

P.S. Don't buy "lite" - only full fat, which is around 700 calories/can. Think of it this way with lite coconut milks: they're cheating you out of your due fat content. ;)

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 4:06 PM

It's not a good deal if it has half the calories and is half the price.

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930
0 · March 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM

It's not a good deal if it was half the calories and is half the price.

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3717 · March 18, 2011 at 2:43 AM

I'm not sure I've seen an answer to KL's question yet. It's not "what are other alternatives"? It is "is there anything wrong with a no additive "lite" coconut milk"? I'm not the expert on this subject. I get the full-fat stuff, including the guar gum. I've read in several places not to be concerned about guar gum (I believe Robb Wolf makes the statement on occasion). That said, I have not committed to memory why it is okay. On the other hand, if you like the lighter version, it seems like it is coconut milk plus water. Probably why it's cheaper? I say go for it if you like it and it's working for you.

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566 · March 17, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I use the TJ's stuff for cold beverages: it's just coconut milk watered down a bit (no pesky additives!). For cooking, I use creamed coconut that's also just coconut (made by Let's Do Organic).

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0 · September 07, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Let's Do Organic creamed coconut isnt sweetened and it tastes great!!

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Ugh, I hate it when that happens!!

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:24 AM

I bought a creamed coconut recently and didn't look at the ingredients. I got home and realized it was sweetened! ACK!

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30 · March 18, 2011 at 12:48 AM

I found this website for purchasing raw coconut and a short video on how to "make your own" coconut milk; which includes all of the natural fats and make as much or as little as you like :)

http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/organic_dried_coconut.htm

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3162 · March 17, 2011 at 11:53 PM

I get Trader Joe's coconut milk. It works well enough for me, but I'm not concerned about fat. If you're trying to eat more fat, you'd probably want the non-light stuff.

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0 · June 05, 2014 at 7:44 PM

TRADER JOES LIGHT COCUNUT MILK

BPA FREE CAN

SWEETENER FREE

THICKNER FREE

REF..MIRA C.N , AND JASON CALTON ,PHD RICH FOOD POOR FOOD BOOK

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0 · September 19, 2012 at 12:39 PM

The coconut milk in the paper cartons does not have BPA, at trader joes or anywhere.

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0 · April 24, 2012 at 3:48 AM

I am shocked and can not believe my experience with a store I once considered to carry high quality items. I purchased Trade Joe's Orginal Coconut Milk and noticed that it was watery. Looking at the ingredients, the second ingredient is water. You are watering down this product and I find this unconscionable. It is deceptive to call it coconut milk, instead you should you call it coconut WATER. I am very displeased. I usually buy coconut milk at the grocery store and will once again makes my purchases there. I no longer feel I can trust Trader Joe's.

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2028 · November 15, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I hope this is the best place for my question - I'm sorry if I'm hijacking this thread.

Has anyone else noticed that Whole Foods' full-fat coconut milk now seems as if it has been watered down too? I live in Washington, DC and for several weeks, perhaps close to two months, last May and June, there was none on the shelves - they had completely sold out. When it finally appeared on the shelves again, it was much thinner and did not clump in the can as it used to. It also tastes more like... Trader Joe's coconut milk now! I compared WF's full-fat coconut milk to Thai Kitchen full-fat milk and there's a significant difference.

It's too bad. The Whhole Foods brand had the best price I could find for full-fat coconut milk that didn't come with anything other than guar gym added in my immediate area.

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0 · April 05, 2014 at 6:56 AM

I agree. I was buying WF for a while and then suddenly the taste changed and it clumped together too hard to pour out if the can. It looks like paint!

I've never liked TJ's brand--same off flavor and hard clump in the can. When I can't make my own I've been buying expensive organic stuff, it at least pours out of the can.

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1659 · November 15, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Hit up your local Asian market for coconut milk; the TJs stuff is pretty anemic.

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0 · April 21, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Careful on the BPA, I was buying a brand from a Chinese market in the area that the salegirl swore up and down didn't have BPA in it, got home, hit google, BPA. I mean, I guess I should have seen that coming, I was just surprised at how hard she defended it.

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4625 · November 11, 2011 at 4:15 AM

I'll never understand the attraction and appeal of this store. Their products are overrated and they are fat fearers and carb pushers, maybe far worse than others because of that over hyped reputation they have. Buy real food, buy local. buy buy TJ.

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0 · February 19, 2012 at 2:41 AM

I stand by this comment. TJ rountinely rates at the bottom for quality and mislabeling of organic products. I really don't know why people go to this mini-mart at all. They are cheating you.

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0 · December 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Trader joes is an over-rated store- Mine is totally afraid of fat and seems to lean toward an all veggie experience- go ahead minus me again.

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb
0 · November 15, 2011 at 7:07 AM

well at least they mark everything that's gluten free with that "G" think on the label...helps me out a little bit.

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78417 · September 29, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I get my coconut milk from walmart in the asian food section.

Golden Star Coconut Milk. Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Water

It's awesome! $1.39 a can.

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455 · September 29, 2011 at 9:27 AM

I love TJ's, but trader joes coconut milk tastes absolutely terrible. imagine that artificial coconut extract crap they use for flavoring coconut cakes, etc. Tastes like they dumped a whole bottle of it into some watery liquid.

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0 · September 07, 2011 at 1:54 PM

TJ's has begun to water down it's coconut milk even further. It doesn't taste the same. I no longer consider it a good value and am looking for something else.

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190 · March 17, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Whole Foods has a store brand coconut milk that's full fat and good and is cheaper than what Kroger stocks.

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0 · September 29, 2011 at 5:47 PM

yeah. guar gum gives me some major gi issues whereas the tj's brand doesn't. i'm on a quest to find full fat coconut milk locally with no other ingredients besides coconut milk.

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Speaking for myself, guar gum makes the coconut milk taste funny. Further, I'm quite happy with Let's Do Organic Creamed Coconut for cooking and hot beverages and TJ's lite for cold beverages. The price is right for me and they're just coconut. Why eat an additive if I don't need to?

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0 · March 18, 2011 at 5:04 AM

What's the argument against guar gum, KL? That it is an additive?

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0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:23 PM

But it has guar gum

5edbf85deaf83e13b176df023abb154d
0 · March 17, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Yep. That is what we get.

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