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What is "coconut extract"?

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Created January 02, 2013 at 5:24 PM

I recently bought some Natural Value FULL FAT (not light) Coconut Milk, the new kind without guar gum--and the ingredients are "coconut extract and water". What exactly is coconut extract?

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2626 · March 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I think it's just logical to say that if the only ingredients are coconut extract and water, than the "coconut extract" must correspond to the stuff that's in the can aside from water, i.e., the actual coconut milk. It's possible that "coconut extract" is being used as a catchall to cover that _plus_ other coconut-derived stuff. I don't think that's strictly kosher in terms of labeling, but I've seen worse stuff slip by on nutritional labels.

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15385 · March 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Where did you get your information from?

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11048 · January 02, 2013 at 6:59 PM

If you push on coconut meat, you will extract juice.

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589 · January 02, 2013 at 6:24 PM

But @MathGirl72 It is not clear --like a cooking extract it looks like coconut milk

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11048 · January 02, 2013 at 5:59 PM

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=coconut+extract

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11571 · February 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Coconut extract on the label of coconut milk does not usually mean the coconut flavorings noted in other posts. It simply refers to a higher concentration of coconut milk (extracted from coconut meat with water/blending/filtering) that is then diluted with water. This is particularly true with Asian brands.

The only case (in coconut milk) where it MIGHT mean the flavoring, is when the label ALSO lists coconut or coconut milk.

Proof that Google is not always your friend.

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2626 · March 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM

I think it's just logical to say that if the only ingredients are coconut extract and water, than the "coconut extract" must correspond to the stuff that's in the can aside from water, i.e., the actual coconut milk. It's possible that "coconut extract" is being used as a catchall to cover that _plus_ other coconut-derived stuff. I don't think that's strictly kosher in terms of labeling, but I've seen worse stuff slip by on nutritional labels.

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15385 · March 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Where did you get your information from?

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