Coconut is a wonderful plant sourced diet replacement for dairy based foods that contains no lactose, is animal friendly, highly nutritious and has a pleasant, creamy texture. So whether you are lactose-intolerant, watching your carbohydrate/sugar intake, vegan, or just don't enjoy the taste of dairy, coconut milk is the right choice for you!
Many people today avoid dairy because it contains animal saturated fat, cholesterol, allergenic proteins, lactose sugar, and frequent traces of contamination, or simply because they don’t feel well after consuming dairy products.
Although regular coconut milk is higher in calories and fat than whole dairy milk, the plant-based saturated fat in coconut milk provide essential nutrients and many health benefits not found in dairy. Coconut also contains no cholesterol, and coconut milk is much lower in sugar than dairy milk.
We have been led to believe that dairy is our main source of calcium. On the contrary many studies have shown that bone disease rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium and animal protein. And calcium from plant foods is more easily absorbed than from dairy or animal produce.
Rather than eating more dairy products, the world health organization (WHO) recommends an increase in physical activity, eating less animal proteins and fats, and increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables to promote healthy bones.
Coconut products are also plant-based sources of calcium. Young Thai coconuts are especially rich sources of calcium with the average coconut providing 10-17% RDA (recommended daily allowance) of calcium. Other great calcium sources include nuts and seeds, and dark leafy greens. Coconuts are rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Dairy can be a huge strain on digestion. It is acid forming in the body and contains lactose, a type of sugar that is difficult for many people to digest.
Coconut milk is lactose free. Much of the saturated fat in coconut milk comes from a fatty acid called lauric acid, which is medium chain making it easy to assimilate by the liver, it puts no pressure on the gall bladder or pancreas, and has many benefits such as increasing your healthy HDL cholesterol and strengthening your immune system.
Coconuts are farmed in an environmentally friendly manner, without harm to any wild life, animals or eco systems, according to the Philippine Coconut Authority. Tropical nations have an abundance of coconuts, and many of the villages are well supported through the coconut export trade.
Expansion of the dairy industry has led to producers trying to capitalize on economies of scale, but it has resulted in environmental challenges with larger numbers of cattle and more manure concentrated in smaller areas. They use heavy machines to milk the cattle that puts a significant metabolic strain on the animal, it is also painful. The cow also suffers the loss of her calves as they are heartlessly taken away for slaughter because their mother’s milk is required for the supermarket shelves. In addition they are fed toxic hormones to keep them producing, and antibiotics because the milking machine and living conditions makes them susceptible to infection.
Coconut Milk and Butter
Creamed coconut and coconut milk are made in a way surprisingly akin to their dairy counterparts. Coconut flesh (the white part) is grated and soaked in water. The coconut cream rises to the top and can be skimmed off. The remaining liquid is squeezed through a cloth to extract a white liquid that is coconut milk. Coconut milk is a creamy liquid that you can drink plain, use in desserts such as coconut ice cream or in your cooking for traditional curries and stews.
Coconut butter is a delicious tasting, nutritious raw wholefood. It is also made from the fresh raw flesh of the coconut. Coconut butter contains the milk and all of the fibre of the flesh so it is much thicker and creamier. Coconut butter is a great alternative to dairy butter and can be used in similar ways.
It is not just butter and milk, with coconut you can have ice cream, yoghurt, mayonnaise, cream, cooking oil and more. The entire coconut is revered all over the world for its life giving properties.
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