Whether you whizz this plant based milk into your smoothies, add a dash to coffee or use it to create a deliciously creamy curry, here's the lowdown on whether coconut milk is actually good for you.
Health Benefits of Coconut Milk
Coconut milk is a great source of iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, as well as boasting high levels of vitamin C, E and B vitamins. It's also dairy free and lactose free so is a great alternative for vegans and those with allergies.
However coconut milk is also high in saturated fat (too much of which can be an 'unhealthy fat'), so it is recommended to use coconut milk in moderation.
So how should I consume coconut milk?
No need to shy away from this scrummy ingredient, especially if you're creating a homemade curry! But try checking the label next time you reach for a can of coconut milk and choose the option with the fewest ingredients (preferably just coconut and water!).
When it comes to topping up your coffee or blitzing a smoothie, why not try oat, almond or soy milk instead to mix things up.
At Nourish Bud we take the extra step and make our own coconut milk, creating a low calorie and low saturated fat version to add that creamy flavour and consistency to our meals, without the high fat levels.
The bottom line?
Coconut milk is a versatile ingredient that suits a wide range of different dishes and cuisines, and offers a range of health benefits too! As with a lot of foods, moderation is key and it can definitely be a healthy addition to a balanced diet.
By Rebecca Tonks
Rebecca is one of the Nourish Bud co-founders, lover of all things sweet... and savory for that matter. Rebecca is soon to be super-mum to her 'bud' in the oven. Running a business with a newborn? Challenge accepted!