i've seen many posts on coconut oil as a source of healthy saturated fat. the thing is i love the taste of coconut milk and hardly ever use coconut oil. is coconut milk just as good? i get the thai kitchen brand that has no preservatives, just guar gum.
My interpretation of the data:
So it seems pretty good from this!
I usually buy fresh coconuts. The ingredients can be divided into 3 categories. 1) Coconut water- the liquid that first comes out when you puncture the shell. 2) Coconut cream - I dig out the meat and pass it through my juicer. The 4 or five table spoons that come out is what I consider my cream, which has the deepest flavor. 3) Coconut milk- I think the industrial process that is used is that the ground up coconut is cooked in water and then filtered. When I do it I get a lot of shredded coconut that I sometimes use, but usually I put it in a pot just covered with water and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Then I filter the water. Whenever I make Curry Chicken in Coconut Milk, I use my version of cream and milk. The water I just drink for the magnesium. This way I know I'm not getting any added extras and since I live in the tropics, coconuts are like 15 cents if I buy in bulk as opposed to paying 2 dollars for a can.
It's good. I wish it wasn't in a can though with all the debacle about BPA and it usually does have some preservatives, though they are mostly harmless. Creamed coconut is more desirable in my book though. It has ALL the fat....everything! It's a world above coconut milk in deliciousness.
Many people, when they cook thai recipes, use coconut milk. But real Thai people that I know use at least half creamed coconut.
There is a creamed coconut that comes in a glass jar too. It's super expensive, but I get it at a discount at my coop.
I would say it depends. Coconut milk also contains a good amount of sugar, I think it's even fructose for the most part. Now, I don't believe that should be a problem for anyone and I usually end up consuming quite a lot of coconut milk within a week. However I thin one should still be aware of it.
Coconut oil comes from the coconut milk. There is about 3-4 tablespoons of oil in one mature coconut. Both are good for you, so you can use whichever on you like.
It is better that you make your own coconut milk though, because the canned milks are very diluted. You can also make coconut oil at home too.
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