The Amazing Health Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is as delicious as it is nutritious. Optimize your health by adding this versatile superfood to your diet.

| April 2015

  • A nutritional powerhouse, delicious coconut offers myriad health benefits. Learn how to harness this superfood in more than 75 recipes in the book “Coconut” by Stephanie Pedersen.
    Cover courtesy Sterling Publishing
  • Nutritious coconut milk is made when mature coconut meat is ground together with water and set aside, where it develops a rich and tantalizing flavor.
    Photo by Fotolia

Perfect for dishes both savory and sweet, coconut is as delicious as it is healthy. In Stephanie Pedersen’s new book Coconut (Sterling Publishing, 2015), learn how this nutritional powerhouse offers myriad health benefits and can be used in a number of tasty recipes. This excerpt from“Coconut: The Everyday Powerhouse,” details the health benefits of coconut milk.

Coconut milk is a delicious, milky beverage that is created when mature coconut meat (either dried or not) is ground together with water and then allowed to sit for a bit to develop its flavor. Afterward, the solids are strained away. Coconut milk is an essential ingredient in Pacific Island and Southeast Asian cooking. In the Western world, coconut milk was relegated to a dessert ingredient until the last five or six years. Now, it’s commonly used as a dairy-free milk for people who need to remove dairy products from their diet, and for children who are on the autistic spectrum and who are thought to react to the casein in dairy milk.

Canned coconut milk is still the most popular option around. But there are other excellent options, including frozen coconut milk, coconut milk beverage boxes and cartons (these are typically thinned with water and treated with various emulsifiers, flavorings and stabilizers) and dried coconut milk that can be mixed with water. According to research presented at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, coconut milk accounts for 30 percent of coconut products sold worldwide. 

Coconut Milk Recipes

Homemade Coconut Milk Recipe
Pumpkin Coconut Chai Latte Recipe

Coconut Milk Nutrients

Nutrition profile per serving (1/4 cup)

Calories: 100

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