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Old 12-12-2018, 15:11   #1
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I love coconut milk. It's low carb, non dairy, and full of good fats (so I thought) and medium chain triglycerides, which I understand are good for you.

But a short time ago a study came out saying how awful it was for you because of the saturated fats, etc. and I stopped using it. Now my husband's doctor recommended it for him saying it's good for you.

I adore my coconut shakes...it's like having a milkshake.

Does anyone else use it?

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Current studies do not support the idea that saturated fats are evil. Many people use coconut oil daily and do not have any cholesterol issues (evidence of those on this forum who consume it). The kind of saturated fat in coconut, and olive oil, is actually beneficial to the human body.

I cannot have dairy, so I use canned coconut milk. I usually drain off the liquid, which has the carbs, and use the resulting coconut "cream", diluted with water if desired.

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There are many many products that are referred to as "coconut milk" -- the liquid in the milk-carton-like containers, the liquid you get when you crack open a whole coconut, the thick canned product frequently used in Asian cooking,...

As VeeJay mentioned, as a plant-based saturated fat, it's not "bad for you" -- certainly not in the way that trans fats (some margarines and commercial shortenings) are. But, depending on the source, "coconut milk" can be sweetened considerably with added ingredients, so it pays to read the label to make sure you're getting the low-carb stuff.

We have used coconut milk in the past (along with soy milk, oat milk, almond milk, and others). I find they all have their own flavor, in a way, so some are better suited for some purposes. For instance, coconut milk would be great in coffee or on cereal, but I would use a more neutrally flavored milk for things like cream-based sauce for a lunch or dinner entrées.

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I stopped paying attention to those "Evil Food of the Week" reports. They do it with everything from coffee to grains. And, as you've noted, coconut has been the "Evil" food....after previously saying plant-based fats are good for us & animal fats are not, while currently saying "Saturated fat content of food has nothing to do with cholesterol or health."

They really have no idea about what foods are bad & what foods are good. If they did, there wouldn't be so much conflict & disagreement. It doesn't matter who has more credentials; One MD says "Beans are the healthiest food on the planet, especially for diabetics," while another MD says "If you have blood sugar problems, you should limit beans because they raise blood sugar."
It's like they don't know what to blame for health issues, so they just throw whatever they can out there.
Rather amusing, actually.

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It's frustrating as well. The last report that came out scared me enough to stop using coconut milk. You're right...nobody can agree on whether it's healthy or not.

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And coffee has gone back & forth from causing cancer to preventing cancer, to having more antioxidants that any fruit or vegetable.
Hey, I've already given up my favorite things, so I don't care how bad or how good coffee is; I like it & it's one of the last treats I can enjoy...in fact I'm gonna fire up the grinder now.
And I don't use one of these I use a 12-oz mug.


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I don't care how bad or how good coffee is; I like it & it's one of the last treats I can enjoy
Preach! I'm not the ultimate coffee snob but I'm pretty serious about coffee in my house because it has no carbs and no calories and, this time of year, it'll warm me up. In fact, I'm drinking some as I read and write here.

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And I don't use one of these I use a 12-oz mug.
And many servings! I'm willing to give up almost anything--but coffee? Not a chance

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Be careful when you buy coconut milk. Make sure to choose UNSWEET.

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We are on a medically supervised Modified Atkins diet for seizure control. We use lots of coconut milk and coconut oil, MCT oil, olive oil and grassfed butter, Oh, and fatty meats. Ronnie must have 70% fats in his diet and only 30 total carbs a day. He is a skinny man so I go over on the olive oil for him as it is the only thing that seems to put weight on him and keep his ketones in therapeutic range. Many papers I find online, slamming coconut oil and coconut milk, are from the old guard worried about saturated fat, and have not seen or accepted the new data on fats and oils. I read, research, look at the sources and look at the folks paying for the research. Heart and vascular docs are having a hard time accepting the new data. As for me. I will eat what makes me feel healthy. Many folks on a well managed Keto diet find their lipid profile improves. I am not one of those. Tomorrow we will find out if my husband's does. By the way, From what I read, The old cholesterol information used for diagnosis is not valid.
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I love coconut milk. It's low carb, non dairy, and full of good fats (so I thought) and medium chain triglycerides, which I understand are good for you.

But a short time ago a study came out saying how awful it was for you because of the saturated fats, etc. and I stopped using it. Now my husband's doctor recommended it for him saying it's good for you.

I adore my coconut shakes...it's like having a milkshake.

Does anyone else use it?

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