Now you’ve probably heard that coconut water is good for your health, but did you know that coconut milk is also great for Health ? There are some misconception regarding the healthiness of this miracle drink due to its rich creamy texture and subtle sweetness, but these factors only make it a more delicious health drink than most others. Keep reading to find out why its time to stock up on some coconut milk.
Although coconut milk has about 14 grams of fat in each serving (quarter cup, full-fat), its MCT or medium-chain triglycerides fatty acids actually help your energy spending, which can augment physical performance. The plethora of nutrients present in coconut milk also helps nourish your muscles, which can help in muscle building following your regular workout routine.The good kind of fats in coconut milk also helps you stay full for longer, which serves as a preventive measure for your tendency to overeat. Building muscle and helping you to control your intake are essential factors in losing body fat, which are enough to encourage you to consume coconut milk regularly.
Coconut milk helps with the nourishment of the digestive tract due to its high nutrient and electrolyte content. It is also known to relieve indigestion and constipation in individuals, as it promotes healthy bacterial growth in the colon.
Diabetics can also benefit from coconut milk as its fatty substances decelerate the sugar release rate in the bloodstream, which facilitates better insulin control in the patients’ bodies. Coconut milk is a great alternative in milk-based recipes and desserts due to its healthy richness and sweetness which are better for the body than added sugars.
The fat content of coconut milk is essentially 50% lauric acid, a fatty acid which is associated with cholesterol levels improvement, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Studies were able to back up the claim of coconut milk’s cholesterol level improvement, as clinical trial results determined that individuals who took coconut milk had decreased LDL/bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) levels and had amplified levels of good cholesterol or HDL (high-density lipoprotein). This assures the general population that although coconut milk is “fatty”, it is not the bad kind, but rather beneficial than damaging.
The mineral content of coconut milk can also help you lower your blood pressure, increase your blood vessel flexibility, and prevents plaque build-up, which contribute to greater heart health.
Coconut milk is also known to prevent the formation of ulcers and in reducing ulcer size. This can be attributed to coconut milk’s shielding effects on the ulcerated regions, which prevents pain in the area. This action of coconut milk is even better than coconut water’s ulcer preventive mechanism.
Ideally, you should be looking for the organic or “cold pressed” coconut milk and avoid anything with added sugar, salt, preservatives or any other nasty chemical you don’t want in your food.
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