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.
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.
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. ;)
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).
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.
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 :)
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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