thank you for this eye-opener.
I use aroy-D all the time. (from the asian markets) There is only one other brand that I can get here (Blue dragon). No difference from one to the other and blue dragon is sold in health food stores.
The label actually says 60% coconut milk and water. (it is very dense though)
What you should know is that the brand name is not important but the manufacturer.
In this case: thai agri foods public company ltd.
I say this because there is another identical can with a different name for the Italian market (though both are sold here) that is produced by the same company.
Yes, Aroy-d does have two versions of the coconut milk, which doesn't make much sense to me. One intended for making deserts which is what I use and one for cooking.
Thanks to you I googled a bit:
I found this for the can:
Ingredients: coconut milk 55%, water, potassium metabisulfite (as perservative). Unsweetened.
Yet it appears that the carton is in fact 100% with no preservatives.
more on potassium metabisulfite (E224 aka E220)
derived from coal tar; all sulphur drugs are toxic and restricted in use (in USA, FDA** prohibits their use on raw fruits and vegetables), produced by combustion of sulphur or gypsum; known to provoke asthma attacks and difficult to metabolise for those with impaired kidney function, also destroys vitamin B1; typical products are beer, soft drinks, dried fruit, juices, cordials, wine, vinegar, potato products
(E 220) Sulphur dioxide reacts with a wide range of substances found in food, including various essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential fatty acids. Adverse reactions: bronchial problems particularly in those prone to asthma, hypotension (low blood pressure), flushing tingling sensations or anaphylactic shock. International Labour Organization says to avoid E220 if you suffer from conjunctivitis, bronchitis, emphysema, bronchial asthma, or cardiovascular disease.
scary. Now I have a new problem: (no cartons here) Where to get my coconut milk. I guess the obvious: fresh coconuts.