Many 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.