Coconut water is the liquid inside a coconut, while the coconut milk comes from the white flesh of the coconut. It can be thin or thick. The solid coconut flesh is chopped and blended with a little water in it or grated, them squeeze it through the cheesecloth to extract the liquid. This liquid is the coconut cream, if you add in the mixture back into the blender with some more water, then strain it again, this liquid will give you the coconut milk.
Remember that the coconut cream is a little thicker than the coconut milk.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT MILK:-
Firstly, it boosts the immune system as coconut contains a lipid called lauric acid which is believed to support the immune system.
Secondly, Heart health:-
It is rich in calories and good fat, which is why few people do not consider it as healthy to heart But in my opinion, everything consumed in moderation is good for our body. Few of the research shows that coconut oil does not significantly increase the levels of bad cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol but it did increase the good cholesterol or HDL i.e. high-density lipoprotein. HDL cholesterol protects the heart and removes the LDL from the blood. It carries the LDL to the liver which then breaks it down and the body eventually eliminates it.
However, you need to keep in mind that coconut oil contains substantially more fat per serving than the coconut milk, which will have a less dramatic effect on the cholesterol.
Lastly, weight loss as coconut milk contains MCT i.e. medium chain triglycerides which increases the insulin sensitivity and many researches believe that it promotes weight loss. Insulin is an essential harmone that breaks down the glucose and controls the blood sugar levels. However, a lack of this stability may also play a role in developing obesity.
HOW TO ADD COCONUT MILK IN YOUR DIET:-
Since coconut milk is a staple ingredient in many asian dishes which gives you a ton a ways to include in the dishes.
daal (which I do a variety of recipes on my blog itself)
Popsicle (my new obsession)
Well, there is no perfect way of using it in the diet, but just allowing yourself to replace to regular milk with the coconut milk with moderation. However it is best if you try to make fresh coconut milk at home to avoid the preservatives, extra sugar, etc.
Coconut milk is a versatile ingredient and an excellent milk alternative with a lot of health benefits. However, it is always advisable to use or drink the coconut milk in moderation. Consuming the coconut milk may reduce the cholesterol and promote weight loss.
It is indeed a super food.
However, there are very few people with allergies to coconut milk. Please make a note to understand your body if there is any pain or uncomfortable please consider your doctor’s advice on the usage.
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