Have you looked into finding the health benefits of coconut milk? Did you know that it benefits your health while helping to fight infections?

Coconut classified as a fruit belonging to the palm family, grown widely in Malaysia, Polynesia and southern Asia. The tree which gives all that is necessary for living’ because nearly all parts can be used, the water, milk, flesh, sugar and oil. Even the husks and leaves are used as materials in furnishings and decoration.

How it’s made

Coconut flesh is grated and soaked in hot water. The coconut cream rises to the top which can be skimmed off. The remaining liquid is squeezed through cheesecloth to extract a white liquid which is called coconut milk. By repeating this process, the coconut milk becomes thinner. The thicker version is used for desserts and rich sauces. Thin coconut milk is used for cooking curries and soups

What’s coconut water?

It is the liquid that gets splashed when you cut open the coconut. This water has a lot of health benefits which the same electrolyte balance found in isotonic drinks.

Nutritional highlights

Coconut is a magical fruit that has been used in the most commercialized way today. Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It is highly in demand all over the world as a nutritious ingredient that could add to their foods and deserts.

A 100ml serving of canned coconut milk
154 calories 1.4g protein 15g fat
(13.2g saturates)
3.4g carbohydrate

Storing coconut milk is a bit of a challenge since fresh coconut milk goes bad very quickly and therefore should be used the same day as pressing. However the canned version of coconut milk could be stored at room temperature until the date of expiry. Make sure you transfer the content into a resealable container and refrigerate it when you have opened it for use, if not the chances that it will get spoilt is high. Hence make sure you use within a few days after unsealing it, since the high oil content makes coconut quickly turn rancid if not stored under proper conditions.It is understood that coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids. Moreover its antiviral and antibacterial compounds helps destroys a wide variety of disease-causing organisms. It is therefore thought that consumption of coconut milk may help protect the body from infections and viruses.
How to select and store

DIY coconut milk (from desiccated coconut)

Heat the water add the flakes and blend. Pour through a colander to filter out the coconut pulp, and then squeeze through a cheese cloth to filter out the smaller pieces of coconut. Use immediately or store in the fridge for 3-4 days.