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Is coconut milk good for you?

Coconut milk is made from the grated pulp of mature coconut. It contains around 65 % water and 24 % fat mainly saturated fat.

Coconut flesh is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous.

*Health benefits of Coconut Milk:*

• It contains several antioxidant compounds, which can protect against the harmful free radicals and their damaging effects on the body cells and tissues.

• It can improve the health of the digestive system and promote digestion. It can relieve the symptoms of stomach ulcers and acid reflux disease as well.

• It may help to relax the nerves and the muscles, control blood sugar level, lower blood pressure and reduce joint inflammation.

• It can be used for cleansing the skin pores by removing dirt and excess sebum. It is a good source of vitamins A, C, calcium, and iron that make skin smooth and healthy.

• Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose-free so it can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance.

• Being super-rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and other electrolytes that support athletic performance and post-workout recovery, coconut water is often referred to as nature’s Gatorade.

*Nutrition Value:*
Quantity – 100g
Calories – 250
Protein – 2.3g
Carbohydrates – 6g (out of which 2.2g fiber)

*Is it healthy?*

As we can see from the nutrition value, coconut milk has a high content of saturated fat.

However, this saturated fat is mostly in the form of lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial which may help protect the body from infections and viruses.

Thus it would be safe to count coconut milk perfectly healthy for human consumption, but in moderation due to its high-calorie content. To get all the benefits of this nutritious drink it is recommended to include it in your diet plan, 1-2 serving a week would be optimal. And if you have any medical condition, I would be wise to consult your doctor before adding coconut milk in your diet.