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dogmom327 04-17-2008 02:47 AM

I've been adding coconut milk/cream to my morning smoothie since it seems to blend better than the oil into my cold smoothie. Are there any major differences between CO and coconut milk/cream from a nutritional/beneficial standpoint? I tried checking the label and although the milk has a bit less fat, it's not a huge difference. Any thoughts?

tinuviel_k 04-17-2008 03:20 AM

I definitely consume more coconut milk than I do coconut oil (though I love coconut oil, too!).
Canned coconut milk is cooked and virgin coconut oil is not, so perhaps there is a loss of some nutrients if you buy canned. I make my coconut milk fresh because I prefer the flavor and want to avoid the BPA in canned goods. I believe that fresh coconut milk is every bit as good, if not better than coconut oil.

yitlan 04-17-2008 01:38 PM

A can of coconut milk has 4 tbspns of coconut oil in it, which is Bruce Fife's recommendation for daily CO intake.

quietserena 04-17-2008 01:40 PM

There are often preservatives in the canned coconut milk. I'd watch out for that. Also, there is almost always a stabilizer like guar gum or xantham gum and if you're sensitive to those, it might be a problem for you.

Metasequoia 04-17-2008 10:19 PM

Native Forest doesn't use BPA & has no preservatives, just fyi!


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