Where does coconut milk come from?
Coconuts have grown naturally abundant in Ceylon and have been a staple of our diet as well as many island diets all over the world.
Fresh finely grated coconut meat from mature kernels’ steeped in purified hot water is strained through layers of cheesecloth in a mechanical process to extract the milk. Our coconut milk is not a brilliant white color. A bit of brownish liquid, which comes from the coconut shell, may naturally appear when you make milk from our powder. This just goes to prove our product is 100% natural and not standardized by chemical processes. If any coconut milk looks pure white, it may have been processed with bleaching additives.
Our Coconut milk powder is made from 2 ingredients. The Ceylon coconut & maltodextrin. It would have been ideal if we could spray-dry the coconut milk without maltodextrin, but we need it to be the carrier to help maintain the uniformity of the process. That is why we make sure we use maltodextrin extracted only from natural sources such as tapioca and cornflour.
Why Coconut Milk?
Coconut milk is naturally rich in saturated fats, mainly short and medium chain fatty acids (MCT’s). MCT’s are usually not stored by the body as fats. Instead, it is metabolized by the body to provide instant energy. Almost a quarter of a portion of coconut milk contains MCT’s, mainly Lauric acid.
Lauric acid is believed to boost the immune system and has been shown to promote brain development and bone health. This is why one of the richest natural sources of Lauric acid is mother’s milk. Next to mother’s milk, coconuts are the richest source of Lauric acid. “Lauric acid has microbial properties, so it can help protect against bacterial infection” notes Paul May, a professor at Bristol University in England. Lauric acid may also help in maintaining the elasticity of the blood vessels and in keeping them clean, which in turn could also lower the risk for conditions like, atherosclerosis and heart disease.
Coconut trees grow in rich volcanic soil, contributing to the high mineral content of a coconut. About 22% of the recommended daily allowance of iron ( for women, it is lower for men) can be absorbed from a recommended serving of Coconut milk. With such a high level of iron, consuming coconut milk regularly could naturally decrease iron deficiency disorders.
Apart from the beneficial MCT’s & mineral content, coconut milk also contains several antioxidant compounds, which can provide protection against harmful free radicals and their damaging effects on the body cells and tissues.
Coconut milk can promote a healthy gut by relieving gastric symptoms, stomach ulcers, and even acid reflux.
And if all those benefits aren’t enough..coconut milk can even help to relax nerves and muscles, control blood sugar level, lower blood pressure and reduce joint inflammation.
How to use coconut milk powder?
Coconut milk powder can be dissolved in warm or hot water to required consistency to taste and used as a dairy-free alternative, to add a rich flavour to sauces, stews, and curries. It pairs well with most breakfast cereals, hot – cold beverages, smoothies and can even be frozen and whipped into creamy soft-serve ice cream!
Precaution: Coconut milk is high in fibre, so if you are new to consuming it, best to increase intake gradually allowing the gut to slowly get accustomed to it.
The best part …. you don’t have to use all of it in 3-4 days like with the coconut milk tins. You can make only as much or as little coconut milk as you want to and store the powder airtight until you next need it.
Is Coconut milk better than dairy milk?
With evolving Ecological & cruelty-free movements combined with results from scientific studies and research, touting the many inhumane aspects of dairy farming, health complications, and allergies caused by dairy; there is a little voice in every ‘conscious’ consumer’s mind to, at the very least, reduce the number of dairy products they consume.
There are vegan ‘cheese’ options that are made from coconut flour and soy products
Eggs on the other hand may be a bit more difficult to substitute.
Cutting down on dairy milk intake could be a start. Given the many dairy-free milks available nowadays; Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Hemp Milk etc it is easy to go dairy-milk-free at least!
Make a conscious decision; if you have read and made sense of this article up to this point; you are old enough NOT to be drinking milk from anyone’s mammary glands!
Coconut milk spray-dried with organic rice flour dextrin
A product of Sri Lanka ( Ceylon)
Please note this article has been written to provide information about this product only. Do not use this information to treat or diagnose health concerns. It is always advisable to consult a nutritionist or doctor if you have any health or diet related issues. If you have an existing heart condition and wish to consume regular quantities of this product, a health care provider may recommend a specific dosage depending on your age, weight and medical condition.
Coconut Milk powder can be used to make coconut milk (approx. volume ratio | powder 1: water 6 to 8) as well as coconut cream (approx. volume ratio – powder 1: water 3). You can vary the amount of water you use depending on the consistency you need. Convenient, right?!
It can be used in crumbles, smoothies, protein bars, energy balls, baking bread, cakes, waffles, pies and curries.
Coconut glaze – Mix coconut milk powder to the required consistency with powdered sugar and water.
Vegan creamer – Mix into hot coffee or hot cocoa as needed.
Ice cream/ Yoghurt/ Pudding – Works well for cold and frozen desserts as you can control the water content.
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