10 Reasons why you should drink coconut milk

Food & Recipes door thijs

Coconut milk has become a popular choice among vegans, vegetarians and for anyone who is aware of what they eat. With its delicious and fresh taste coconut milk is a great base for smoothies and milkshakes as well as a good dairy alternative for baking. Plus, coconuts are extremely nutritious for your body. They are rich in fiber, vitamins C, B1, B3, B5, B6 and E as well as in minerals like sodium, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and phosphorous. 

By now we know that dairy products are not as healthy as we think they are. The way they are manufactured basically removes all the natural nutrients that these products have to offer. However, the dairy industry has made a great job in promoting daily dairy consumption as a way to get nutrients.

Personally I’ve never been a milk drinker. The only way I drink milk is in smoothies and milkshakes. I’m also not a vegan or vegetarian but after reading and watching the videos about how milk is actually made I was shocked and I felt disgusted to prepare my smoothies with regular milk. So I went and did some research to find another way in which I could prepare my smoothies and that’s when I discovered coconut milk.

Perhaps you’ve seen that there is a hype around everything that is made out of coconut lately. While sometimes ‘hypes’ can disappear after a while, I think this one is here to stay. First of all coconut milk is delicious, I swear! Take it from someone who has never liked a glass of plane milk. But not only that, coconut milk along with its derives such as coconut oil and coconut water are among the world’s healthiest food according to research. Most importantly, coconut milk is lactose free so it can also be drank by people who have lactose intolerance! Why is coconut milk lactose free? Well because it isn’t actually “milk” as we know it. It is a liquid that is found naturally inside of mature coconuts and it is stored with coconut’s “meat”. When you blend coconut water with its “meat” voilà…you get coconut milk! If you are still not convinced then here are the 10 benefits of drinking coconut milk.

10 Benefits of drinking coconut milk:

1) Improves heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure

2) Provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue

3) Improves digestion and relieves constipation

4) Builds muscle and helps lose fat

5) Helps lose weight

6) Can help to prevent anemia

7) Helps to manage blood sugar and control diabetes

8) Helps to prevent ulcers

9) Prevents joint inflammation

10) Can help prevent arthritis

I really recommend you give coconut milk a try. At first I was a little bit reluctant towards it because I have tried coconut water before in my home country and I didn’t like the taste of it.  I thought that coconut milk would have a very similar taste, but luckily for me it didn’t so I decided to make my favorite banana smoothie with it. Let me tell you something really quick, I AM NOW ADDICTED TO MY BANANA& CINAMON smoothie and I really think that it is because the coconut milk gave it a different taste.

Remember, by drinking coconut milk instead of regular milk you will be doing your health a favor. But not only that, you will also be helping animal cruelty to stop. I hope you give it a try.