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Coconut milk, nutritional properties: calories, contained in fatty acids and all the information on the nutritional profile of coconut milk.
Thecoconut milkit is a popular drink in many locations around the globe. In our country it is used for the preparation of various recipes. Don't be fooled by the name, thecoconut milkfresh has a slightly sweet texture and flavor and more like cow's milk flavor. If properly prepared, coconut milk does not retain any smell or taste of the coconut. The recipes that can be prepared with coconut milk are numerous: this milk can be used to replace cow's milk both for the preparation of vegan desserts and in the yogurt recipe.
Fromcoconut palm(botanically Cocos nucifera) different products of natural importance can be obtained. Putting aside the aromas, we have:
- - coconut sugar extracted from the sap of the buds
- - coconut water extracted from still unripe coconuts
- - coconut milk extracted from the pulp of ripe coconut
- - coconut oil extracted from the pulp of the coconut
- - coconut protein powder
On this page we will focus on those who are thebenefitsand thepropertyof thecoconut milk.
Thecoconut milkit is a very popular food ingredient in Southeast Asia, South China, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Coconut milk for food use
Thecoconut milkit is obtained directly from the pulp using different extraction methods.
The pulp can be pressed to obtaincoconut milkpure, or it is obtained by slowly passing hot water or milk through containers filled with finely grated coconut (a kind of infusion).
The intense flavor of thecoconut milkis to be attributed to the high content ofoil. It is no coincidence that thevirgin coconut oilit can be produced by separation fromcoconut milk. The fat content of thecoconut milkit amounts to 24% and most of these fats (about 89%) are saturated fatty acids.
Depending on the extraction process, there are different types ofcoconut milk, the "low-fat coconut milk "contains only 5-7% of fats while most of thecoconut milkthat we find on the market contains about 22%.
Thecoconut milkthat we find on the market in Italy (canned coconut milk) is typically given bycoconut milk"Lean" mixed withcoconut milk"Fat" (with 22% fatty acids) to which water has been added as a filling element. Depending on the dilution in water, you will havecoconut milkwith a more pasty or more liquid consistency. When buying canned coconut milk you need to shake the jar very well before opening it because the componentgreasy curtainsto settle on the surface of the aqueous component.
Coconut milk, nutritional properties
One of the main components of thecoconut milkis thecoconut oil. We recall that the American Food and Drug Administration, as well as the authoritativeWorld Health Organization, L'International College of Nutritionof the United States, the American Herat Association, the British National Health Service and the Dietitians Committee of Canada, recommend amoderate consumption of coconut oildue to its high levels of fatty acids.
Thecoconut milkcontains a high amount of coconut oil (in fact we told you thatvirgin coconut oilit is often produced by stratification starting fromcoconut milk); in particular, thecoconut milkit is rich in lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid that raises the levels of good cholesterol in the blood (HDL, high density lipoprotein). Thecoconut milkit is also rich inmedium-chain fatty acids,these are fats that are able to contribute to the maintenance of body weight without increasing cholesterol levels.
Thenutritional propertiesthat we list are referred tococonut milkwhich we commonly find on the market canned with an acid content of 20 - 22%. A 100 gram serving ofcoconut milkcontains:
- 197 calories
- 1.81 g carbohydrates
- 21.33 g fat (18.91 gsaturated - 0.9 gmonounsaturated, 0.2 gpolyunsaturated)
- 2.0 g protein
- Vitamin C 1 mg
- Calcium 18 mg
- Fero 3.3 mg
- Magnesium 46 mg
- Phosphorus 96 mg
- Potassium 220 mg
- Sodium 13 mg
- Zinc 0.56 mg
- Water 72.9 mg
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