Coconut milk is derived from the flesh of the coconut. It is not the liquid that can be drained out from a coconut that has been punctured.
While coconut milk is high in saturated fat, it is much healthier than other saturated fat products, and the fat is easily metabolized by the body. Coconut milk also offers some particular health benefits. It is anti-carcinogenic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral. The main saturated fat that it contains, lauric acid, is also found in mother’s milk and has been shown to promote brain development and bone health.
In the past, coconut oil (found in coconut milk) was thought to be unhealthy because of saturated fats; however, this was often based on coconut milk that was modified with hydrogenated oils and not coconut milk with its own natural oils.
About a third of coconut flesh is fat (and about 92% of this fat is technically classified as saturated) but it is mostly made up of short- and medium-chain fatty acids that are used as energy and not stored as body fat like long-chain fatty acids found in dairy milk. Coconut milk can actually help you lose weight and is low in carbohydrates. It is also a good source of vitamins (rich in A and B) and minerals including organic iodine, phosphorus and calcium which is important for health bones.
The health benefits of coconut milk include assisting preventing goiter. It is effective as a remedy for heart burn, constipation, acidity and stomach burns. It can also be used as a remedy for urinary and kidney problems.
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