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12-Reasons-Why-Homemade-Coconut Milk-Is-Great

  1. In this article I would like to tell you more about the benefits of coconut milk. Yes, you read that right, the health benefits of coconut milk, because contrary to the fiery argument of the nutrition center, which is one-sided and blunt, there are indeed a lot of benefits to consuming coconut milk.

  2. In this article I would like to tell you more about the benefits of coconut milk. Yes, you read that right, the health benefits of coconut milk, because contrary to the fiery argument of the nutrition center, which is one-sided and straightforward, there are indeed many advantages to consuming coconut milk.

1 No additions

  1. To start with, coconut milk is easy to make yourself, so you can drink coconut milk without the involvement of the food industry.

  2. To start with, coconut milk is easy to make yourself, so you can drink coconut milk without the use of the food industry.

  1. That is a very important factor with regard to healthy nutrition, because once nutrition has been taken care of by the food industry you can assume that unhealthy additives have been added, these are usually emulsifiers, stabilizers and the necessary artificial sugars or trans fats.

  1. In addition, much more energy is needed to make all packaging. This reduces your ecological footprint.

2 No packaging

  1. But not only the power supply itself can be messed with, how about the packaging? Did you know that all those cardboard packaging and cans have all kinds of coatings on the inside, some of which are absorbed by the food that is in the packaging. These are those well-known plasticizers that are just so bad for you.

  1. Fortunately, a coconut does not need packaging, mother nature has already provided a good jacket.

3 No lactose, no casein

  1. Many people have problems digesting lactose to a greater or lesser extent. That is why milk can cause health problems and drinking milk every day is not such a good idea at all, even if you do not have lactose intolerance.

  1. Because actually drinking regular cow's milk is not that healthy at all. If you look at the data from The China Study, you can see that there is a link between chronic conditions, increased inflammation and the amount of animal protein consumed.

  1. To be specific, the amount of casein. Cow's milk contains an enormous amount of casein. 80% of all protein in milk is casein.

  1. An ideal substitute for milk is coconut milk, it is very similar to milk in texture and taste, you can also use coconut cream very well as a substitute for cream made from milk. And of course coconut cream contains the necessary fats, just like in milk, only from a vegetable source, so without the lactose and the casein, and therefore also without increased inflammatory values.

4 No sugars but proteins

  1. In dairy you come across the necessary sugars, precisely these sugars, lactose, cause problems in the human digestion. Coconut milk consists of completely different nutrients than dairy, coconut milk contains a lot of proteins, water, unsaturated fats and saturated fats. It does not contain sugars.

5 Vol lauric acid

  1. One of the arguments that the anti coconut milk brigade likes to use is that coconut milk is full of saturated fats and is therefore bad for your cholesterol, even worse than sugars and that lauric acid is just that little bit extra bad is because it also increases inflammation levels.

  1. So that's really not true, the whole anti-fat campaign of the last century has already been overtaken by reality and more recent studies show that saturated fats do not have much influence on cholesterol levels.

  1. There are even studies that show just the opposite. In one study, 60 healthy subjects were put on a coconut milk porridge diet for 8 weeks.

  1. After those 8 weeks, the effect of this diet on cholesterol levels was examined. And what turned out? That coconut milk porridge actually caused lower LDL cholesterol and higher HDL cholesterol.

  1. As you know it is precisely this ratio between LDL and HDL that is the most important indicator for the development of cardiovascular disease due to cholesterol.

  2. As you know, it is precisely this ratio between LDL and HDL that is the most important indicator for the development of cardiovascular disease due to cholesterol.

  1. In addition, lauric acid is a medium chain saturated fatty acid, therefore it has other healthier properties as short chain saturated fatty acids. Studies have shown that these medium-chain fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect.

  1. Lauric acid, for example, has also been shown to have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and can be used against the treatment of acne and minor burns.

  1. Also, medium chain fatty acids can be converted almost directly by the liver into energy for the brain. So you can provide your brain with instant energy in a different way than fast sugars.

6 Packed with important electrolytes that determine your fluid balance

  1. Electrolytes are minerals that are very important for your moisture balance. The most striking example of how important electrolytes are is that drinking too much water can kill you. For example marathon runners who suddenly drink a lot of water after running a marathon, research shows that one in six marathon runners drink too much water at once after the marathon, so this can be very dangerous.

  1. If you drink a lot of water in one go, your blood will become diluted with water. Your blood then does not contain enough salts and so the water is attracted to the salt in your cells. As a result, your cells swell. Not a problem in your body, but in your brain, because it is in the skull and it does not yield, so the pressure on your brain cells becomes too great.

  1. Normally, your body regulates the fluid balance with, among other things, salt, salt attracts moisture and thus your body can determine how much water there is in your blood through salt.

  1. Having enough electrolytes in your body is therefore essential for a healthy functioning body. You consist of almost 70% water, so you can verify that a good moisture skin balance is the basis for all processes.

  1. Potassium is very important for lowering your blood pressure. Potassium acts as a counterpart to sodium. Potassium helps your kidneys filter and pass excess fluid in your body from the blood.

  1. But that's not the only reason potassium is important. The body also needs potassium to transmit signals, your nervous system depends on enough potassium. For example, you can have problems with your heart rate if you do not get enough potassium. Not enough potassium also makes your muscles weak.

  1. A potassium deficiency is usually the result of diuretics, the so-called water tablets. So if you take water tablets have regular measurements to see if you have enough potassium in your blood.

  1. Calcium is also one of the essential minerals responsible for proper nerve impulse transmission, it plays an important role in blood clotting. This is another important mechanism for your blood pressure. On the one hand, if you have the sodium and potassium that can regulate blood volume through the amount of water in the blood, your body can increase blood pressure through calcium by making the artery walls contract. Calcium is also important for blood clotting and for the contraction of the heart muscle, and thus a strong heartbeat.

  1. Calcium is also very important for strong bones and for the absorption of vitamin D, especially elderly people in the Netherlands suffer from bone decalcification to a greater or lesser extent because the body is less able to to absorb calcium.

  1. It is often thought that you should get calcium from dairy in particular. But dairy is far from ideal because of the lactose and casein, here again it appears that coconut milk is a very good substitute for dairy.

  1. Sodium is responsible for increasing blood pressure, so it is advised not to eat too much salt. Of course this does not mean that you can do without salt, without salt you would die. Fortunately, coconut milk contains a little salt, so you will not develop high blood pressure because of coconut milk.

  1. Magnesium is responsible for more than 300 processes in your body that have to do with the energy supply. Magnesium is therefore central to the energy supply. In addition, magnesium ensures a good heart rate and has antihypertensive properties.

  1. So you could say that coconut milk provides you with a lot of important electrolytes, four of the five can be found in it. Coconut milk provides you with energy and it ensures a good balance in your moisture management.

7 Full of minerals

  1. In addition to the minerals that are essential for your fluid balance and your blood pressure, there are also other important minerals in coconut milk, these minerals also each have a unique task in the human body.

  1. Phosphorus, along with calcium, ensures that your bones and teeth are strong. Phosphorus and calcium together as a team play an important role in the energy supply in your body. Phosphorus is also often considered dairy products, fortunately coconut milk is a good alternative here too.

  1. Iron is very important because without iron you would suffer from anemia, you will feel tired and lethargic, your resistance will decrease and your concentration will deteriorate. A seemingly harmless iron deficiency can cause major problems in normal daily functioning. That is why a doctor will first look for anemia for such complaints, this is more common than you think. So make sure you eat enough products that contain iron, such as coconut milk.

  1. Zinc is also an important mineral that ensures that your cells can regenerate and that proteins can be built, without zinc your body is much less able to repair damage. Zinc is important for your immune system, and works especially well with vitamin C. It is necessary for the absorption of vitamin A. Zinc is also good for strong bones.

  1. A zinc deficiency is the first thing you see in a less beautiful skin and your memory does not function properly if you are deficient in zinc. Zinc even affects your fertility, so make sure you get enough zinc.

8 full of vitamins

  1. In addition to all those very important minerals, coconut milk also contains the necessary vitamins, especially B vitamins that are very important for beautiful hair, for example, but also to combat the damage of alcohol. There are many different B vitamins, each with their own unique task in the human body. You will find the following B vitamins in coconut milk.

  1. Vitamin B1, also called Thiamine, plays an important role in the association of carbohydrates. Another process in which the body uses B vitamins is the proper functioning of the nervous system. Your heart also needs the vitamin to function properly. Other sources of vitamin A are grain, dairy and pork.

  1. So in that respect coconut milk is a very good healthy source to get this vitamin from.

  1. Vitamin B2 is important for other processes, including your digestion and the maintenance of your nervous system. Your eyes and your skin need vitamin B2 to stay healthy. In addition, vitamin B2 is very important in the prevention of oxidative damage to cells. Other sources of vitamin B2 are dairy and animal products, so coconut milk is also the plant-based alternative for vitamin B2.

  1. Vitamin B3 also called niacin is a vitamin that is very important for the energy supply and the proper functioning of your nervous system. This shows that coconut milk is ideal because it gives you the minerals and vitamins that together give you energy.

  1. Vitamin B6 is necessary for the production of red blood cells and it is also necessary in the energy supply of the body. Vitamin B6 is also important for a strong resistance. You can get this vitamin from eggs, meat, legumes, cereals and potatoes. But also from coconut milk

  1. You probably know this vitamin better as folic acid. Folic acid is very important for the production of red blood cells and is important for the maintenance of your DNA. If you do not consume enough folic acid when you are pregnant, there is a chance that you will have a deformed baby, so make sure you have enough folic acid intake when you are pregnant.

  1. According to the nutrition center there is no folic acid in coconut milk. But if I search in English, coconut milk contains around 10% folic acid. That is again in line with the negative advice of the nutrition center with which I absolutely disagree!

  1. Folic acid can be found in fruit and vegetables, grain products, but also some in dairy products. And also for vitamin B11 coconut milk is a good replacement for regular cow's milk, which contains lactose and casein in addition to folic acid.

  1. Vitamin C is the vitamin that ensures that you have a strong resistance and that you will not be struck down by the first flu. Especially the combination of vitamin C and vitamin E is a very strong team that together has a strong antioxidant effect and protects you against free radicals and oxidative stress. In addition, vitamin C plays a role in your energy supply and vitamin C is necessary for strong teeth, bones and hair.

9 Fibers

  1. Have you ever seen those white things in coconut milk? That is precisely the fiber, it works about the same as the pulp in orange juice. Fiber has the advantage that it helps your intestines to absorb all nutrients properly.

  1. In addition, they slow down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars so that you have a more stable blood sugar level.

10 Unsaturated fats

  1. In addition to those medium saturated fats, there are also unsaturated fats in coconut milk. Everyone knows that unsaturated fats are best for you and it is the same with coconut milk.

  1. Unsaturated fats lower cholesterol. So if you have to adjust your diet because of your cholesterol, it is best to replace milk with a vegetable version, such as coconut milk.

11 You can decide for yourself how many calories should be in your coconut milk

  1. The big advantage of making coconut milk yourself is that you can determine the ratio of water / coconut yourself. If you find that you still consume too many calories in a day, the coconut milk breakfast is ideal, because if you add four or five cups of water to the coconut instead of three cups, the number of calories will decrease by almost 50 % off.

  1. This way you can very easily reduce your calorie intake without having to start eating or counting calories right away.

12 Coconut milk makes you lose weight!

  1. Coconut milk can also help you lose weight. Coconut milk contains fewer calories than normal milk. By replacing this you ensure that you eat fewer calories and that way it can support you during weight loss. In addition, coconut milk is very filling, because the fats are absorbed so quickly you are also quickly full and you do not eat more than necessary.

Recipes with coconut milk:

  1. To help you on your way, I have of course already put together a few recipes for you so that you can get started right away with more coconut milk instead of dairy. Once you understand how to make delicious coconut milk, you won't miss the dairy anymore.

  1. Plus that coconut milk can be kept for a few days, so you don't even have to blend every day, ideal!

  1. So I was very enthusiastically looking for coconut milk in the store, and I thought so, but it was all over again. That's why I came up with the idea of ​​using homemade coconut milk for breakfast. Coconut milk is rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron.

  1. Also make this breakfast delicious with oat flakes that contain important fibers that ensure that the energy from the meal gradually reaches you. That means you can live on this breakfast all morning.

  1. Add a small handful of raisins for extra sweetness. Raisins contain a lot of natural sugar, so be really frugal! In addition, raisins are healthy because they contain a lot of potassium, which is good for high blood pressure.

  1. Ingredients:

  1. Why healthy?

  1. Making coconut milk yourself is not very difficult. You just need a blender and a filter bag / colander. It is best to open a coconut by tapping the middle of the coconut with a knife. Whisk until you can break open the coconut. You can also knock the coconut out of the halves. Then you put the coconut pieces in the blender and add three quarters of a liter of water. Turn the blender on for two minutes and you will get a thick white paste. Place the mash in the filter bag / colander and squeeze the moisture from the bag into a bowl. Now you have your homemade fresh coconut milk.

  1. Put the coconut milk in a small bowl and add a handful of oat flakes and raisins.

  1. Sometimes you just feel like a quick breakfast, usually this results in a bowl of yogurt. In that case, you can also start the morning with a bowl of coconut milk. Coconut milk is a good source of minerals, fiber and many B vitamins, which is good for feeling full and for your resistance. For sweets and vitamins you can add a handful of blueberries to the coconut milk. You can add the almonds for important minerals and the important omega 3 unsaturated fatty acids.

  1. Ingredients:

  1. Why healthy?

  1. The night before, put the coconut that you have removed from the fresh coconut with three cups of water in the blender, if you don't have time for that, you can also use hot water to remove the healthy nutrients faster soak the coconut.

  1. By now you know how to crack a coconut, tap across the equator with the back of a large knife and then knock out the coconut or possibly pry it with a large sturdy spoon.

  1. Then turn on the blender and then pour the coconut milk through a colander into a bowl. Add a handful of blueberries and a handful of almonds. Stir well and enjoy!

  1. Another delicious fresh breakfast or snack is coconut milk with tangerine and apple slices. Wonderfully fresh to start the day. The coconut milk is a good source of fiber, B vitamins and many other minerals. The mandarin is a real vitamin C bomb. The apple is good for potassium. Vitamin C is important for resistance and potassium is important for removing excess moisture. That way you start the day fresh and with important ingredients.

  1. Ingredients:

  1. Why healthy?

  1. Tap the waist of a coconut with the back of a large carving knife. Do this around the entire middle of the coconut until you can break the coconut open. Tap the coconut out of the coconut and put the coconut in the blender with three quarters of a liter of water. Run the blender for a few minutes and the coconut milk is almost ready. Pour the coconut milk through a colander into a bowl. You now have enough coconut milk for several people or for several breakfasts. Peel the mandarin. Wash the apple and cut it into 4 pieces lengthwise. Remove the clock. Then cut cubes from the apple pieces and add them with the tangerine pieces to a bowl of coconut milk.

  1. Freshly made coconut milk is a very good substitute for milk, especially if you cannot tolerate lactose. You don't have to worry that your cholesterol will rise or that it will make you fat. On the contrary, the medium-chain fatty acids are very easily absorbed by the body and are therefore very suitable as an energy source, precisely because this energy is not stored, provided of course you do not eat much more than you use energy.

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