Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Science Behind Coconut Milk!

I can't be the only one out there that hears about these "super-foods" or these foods that become so popular that it seems like everyone is talking about them. Well...coconut milk appears to be one of the big ones right now, and after buying it in bulk I decided to really research it!

Contents...
The milk is lactose free (vegan approved). It can be used as a perfect smoothie base or as a dairy alternative when baking.

Be Careful!
What I was really shocked about was the fat content of the milk! That's why they suggest that it should be consumed in moderation. 

BUT...the fats are chemically bonded in medium length chains so they metabolize quickly into energy within the liver. This means they're less likely to build up in the body and be stored as fat. 

...in particular one chain is called lauric acid. This is an antiviral, anti fungal, and antibacterial that destroys many disease causing organisms. So drinking coconut milk can actually protect the body from infections and viruses!


*Buying the unsweetened organic coconut milk helps to eliminate the added sugar and extra calories in the more common brands of coconut milk...read the label!

Other Health Benefits...
...promotes digestion and can relieve acid reflux symptoms
...very high in iron (22% of the recommended daily allowance) so can help to treat anemia
...helps to relax nerves and muscles
...lowers blood pressure, controls blood sugar level, reduces joint inflammation
...relieves sore throat symptoms
...antioxidants to fight poor vision and low bone density (arthritis)


In Addition...
...skin care: cleans pores, removes dirt, and acts as a gentle exfoliator, but keeps the skin well moisturized at the same time, as well as sunburn relief
...hair care: contains Vitamin E/fats to moisturize hair, nourish, control excessive hair loss, promote growth, and reduce dandruff