Health Benefits of Coconut Milk

Grain-Free Pumpkin Granola with Almond MilkMany people shy away from coconut milk because it is very caloric and contains a lot of fat. Diluted coconut milk, however, which we use in our semi-homemade coconut milk, is relatively low calorie and low fat without the additives of other non-dairy milks (check the label!). Head over to our posts hidden additives in non-dairy milk  and easy semi-homemade coconut milk for more information about coconut milk and brands we recommend.

 

1. It contains medium-chain-triglycerides (MCTs) //

MCTs are easily and quickly burned as fuel by the body (metabolized in the liver) and not stored as fat . The body processes medium-chain fatty acids differently than other saturated fats; they are quickly absorbed and used as energy shortly after being consumed.

 

2. It is rich in vitamins // 

C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6.

 

3. It is rich in minerals // 

Iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.

 

4. It is easy to digest //

MCTs don’t require bile acids for digestion.

 

5. It is rich in antioxidants // 

Antioxidants  prevent free radical damage.

 

6. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties //

Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which is converted by the body into monolaurin, a compound that is antiviral and antibacterial. Lauric acid may also reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

 

Sources: BBC, San Francisco Gate

 

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