When we hear the words natural and plant-based, we usually think of something positive especially when it comes to the food items we consume. Words like pure orange juice or 100% pineapple evoke images of health, wellness, freshness, and environmentally friendly processes. Unfortunately, not all products that claim to plant-based are healthy and not all items that claim they are all-natural are 100% good for you. One such product is known as coconut milk. There are a number of coconut milk products or brands to choose from in the market today, but which ones are actually good for you? Which labels should you choose and which ones should you avoid? Read on to find out more!
Coconut Milk: A Brief Introduction
Those who consider themselves to be coconut milk enthusiasts should definitely read the rest of this article as it will look at some of the coconut milk brands to avoid and to try out. As most readers would know, coconut milk is now one of the most popular alternatives for milk taken from cows aside from just being added to Thai curries and Pina Coladas. This is probably so due to the fact that the Paleo diet and Paleo dieters themselves expressed their love and support for coconut milk and everything related to coconuts such as coconut water and coconut oil.
Coconut Milk Brands
As stated earlier though, there are a ton of options and varieties in stores and supermarkets today that it can be hard for people to sift through information on whether or not their chosen brand is healthy or not.
Coconut Milk in Cartons
This portion will deal with Coconut milk in cartons and whether or not they should be avoided or should be tried out. Below are some of them:
Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk
One of the best brands to choose if one wants to go organic, Silk unsweetened coconut milk is the way to go.
|Sugar||less than a gram||7g||9g|
The ingredients of this brand include coconut cream and filtered water, vitamin D2, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A Palmitate, and calcium carbonate, sea salt, natural flavors, sunflower lecithin, locust bean gum, gellan gum.
Verdict: Go for the unsweetened one.
The unsweetened version of this brand is a healthy option for individuals as it contains:
|Fiber||0g||1g||0g||less than a gram|
|Protein||0g||less than a gram||less than a gram||0g|
|Sugar||less than a gram||80g||8g||15g|
All of these numbers are based on a per-serving basis. Its main ingredients include gellan gum, organic locust bean gum, organic sunflower lecithin, sea salt, Vitamin B12, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin D2, Vitamin A Acetate, selenium, magnesium phosphate, calcium phosphate, Organic coconut cream, and water.
Verdict: Similar to Silk, go for the unsweetened version of So Delicious.
Similar to the first two entries, Coconut Dream’s unsweetened version is the healthiest among its flavors. Coconut dream’s ingredients include vitamin B12, Vitamin D2, Vitamin A palmitate, natural flavors, sea salt, gellan gum, carrageenan, tricalcium phosphate, coconut cream, and filtered water.
|Sugar||less than a gram||7g||8g|
Verdict: Go for the unsweetened version but it must be noted that this product contains an ingredient that is questionable called carrageenan.
Coconut Milk Brands that are Canned
On the other hand, listed below are some of the coconut milk brands that are canned:
- Trader Joe’s Canned Coconut Milk- This brand is a healthy brand that individuals can consume as it contains fat content that is reduced, its organic variant contains just a gram of protein, a gram of sugar, 11 grams of fat, and 110 calories. It also does not contain any questionable ingredients.
- Native Forest Organic- This brand is a healthy option especially if individuals go for the simple and organic variants. There are also classic and light options with the light containing less than a gram of protein, a gram of sugar, 4 grams of fat, and 45 calories. On the other hand, the classic variant contains a gram of protein, 0 grams of sugar, 15 grams of fat, and 140 calories. It also does not contain any questionable ingredients.
- Thai Kitchen- This coconut milk brand is a no-go as it has a questionable ingredient or component in the form of cans lined with BPA.
- Chaokoh Coconut Milk- This coconut milk brand should also be avoided as it has cans lined with BPA and sodium metabisulfite.