Can I be honest with you?
I had never used coconut milk in my recipes, until I learned about its benefits.
After educating myself about healthy and clean eating, I realised it’s one of the most astonishing ingredients that doesn’t really get much attention.
If you think it couldn’t be tasty by itself, then you’re partially right. But combined with other ingredients, coconut milk can create culinary magic.
I’ve written about where I shop for coconut milk cans in Australia in my post Healthy Coconut Yogurt Drink Recipe and today I would like to point out the most “well known” benefits of coconut milk and why you should start a relationship with it (if you haven’t already!).
Let’s dive right in…
1. IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH:
The healthy fats in coconut milk provide excellent support for cardiovascular health. Lauric acid, taking up half of the fat found in coconut milk, plays a major role in improving good cholesterol levels, while decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol.
This milk can also lower blood pressure and keep blood vessels flexible. As it also lowers levels of bad cholesterol, blood clots are less likely to occur. In addition, it contains magnesium, which is well known for its properties in combating stress, which can also be the cause of heart problems.
2. BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:
Coconuts have powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties due to their lauric and capric acids. Thus, they help you fight a wide variety of diseases. Coconut milk also contains manganese, magnesium, copper, iron, and potassium, which provide numerous benefits when it comes to your health.
This is one of the most impressive benefits of coconut milk, as it can help ensure the overall health of your body, instead of just covering a few issues or areas.
3. IMPROVES DIGESTION:
Coconut milk helps ensure the health of your gut due to the nourishment provided by its electrolytes and healthy fats. It can be very useful in combatting constipation and diarrhoea. Still, as with many other ingredients that help improve digestion, special care should be taken with the amount you ingest, particularly if you consume it raw.Coconut milk helps ensure the health of your gut. Click To Tweet
Needless to say, coconut milk has nothing to do with regular milk so those steering clear of dairy products and lactose, can consume it safely. It can be used as a side or main ingredient in many delicious foods, one of the best ones being coconut yogurt.
4. AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS:
Coconut milk can also aid in weight loss due to the same healthy fats we’ve already mentioned. Besides having direct fat-burning effects, you will also feel full faster when consuming it. However, care should be taken to keep the daily amounts fairly low, as calories are still in high numbers with this product.
5. HELPS BUILD MUSCLE:
Some of the healthy fats found in coconut milk can enhance your physical performance due to the energy they provide. Electrolytes like magnesium and potassium are excellent to have after exercise, as they allow muscles to become stronger than usual and at a faster rate.
6. HELPS CONTROL BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS:
Coconut milk can decrease the rate at which sugar is released into the blood, helping reduce sugar spikes and the risk of diabetes. This makes it an ideal ingredient when it comes to desserts – its delicious taste is a great bonus as well.Coconut milk can decrease the rate at which sugar is released into the blood. Click To Tweet
7. HELPS WITH FATIGUE:
The electrolytes found in coconut milk are excellent for preventing exhaustion, ensuring you have good levels of energy for all your activities. Magnesium, a mineral found naturally in this liquid, is often used as a supplement for those suffering from fatigue problems.
8. HELPS PREVENT ULCERS:
One of the many benefits of coconut milk is the ability to fight ulcers. Researchers have concluded that coconut milk can provide an impressive reduction in the size of the areas affected by this disease. Compounds found in coconut milk hold beneficial effects for the diseased gastric mucus, a common start towards a painful ulcer. Regular consumption can both prevent and heal the damage done.
9. FIGHTS INFLAMMATIONS:
Inflammation is the cause of conditions such as arthritis or general pain when it comes to muscles and joints. Coconut milk can help you find relief from these diseases when consumed on a regular basis.
10. HELPS PREVENT ANAEMIA:
Coconut milk does not contain as much iron as other foods (apricots, red meat, spinach, and beans still rule in this respect!). However, it can still play a good part in a diet that aims to prevent anaemia. With the energy provided even by small amounts of it, it is easy to see why you can easily choose to incorporate it in your eating habits.
Have you ever cooked with coconut milk? Leave me a comment with your favourite recipe.
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