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Old 07-17-2007, 09:08 AM   #1
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Coconut Milk And Cholesterol Content.

Hello, I was browsing through a website and found a great banana dessert recipe. However, the dish had plenty of coconut milk. The website did mention how to make the coconut milk and coconut cream, but said nothing about the nutrition value or dangers of coconut milk. More specifically, I am interested in knowing the cholestrol danger of coconut milk or coconut cream.

Can anyone help please.



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Old 07-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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Because it is not an animal product it doesn't have

cholesterol, but it is high in saturated fat and saturated fat raises your blood cholesterol. If you take off the hard, thick layer that rises to the top when you make it it should lower the saturated fat content. I have seen "lite" coconut milk in the stores but have never tried it. The coconut cream in the can seems to be half thick hard fat and half liquid. I just don't eat it very often in restaurants.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:45 AM   #3
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This is what I use when a recipe calls for coconut milk:

Coconut Milk

Note that this particular brand has zero cholesterol per 1/3 cup serving (and a readout of nutritional data). I buy the "light" version.

Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:41 PM   #4
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My mom used to make a cold desert from this.

She took coconut cream, shredded or chopped Coconut, some fruit cocktail, pineapple chunks, raisins and combined it all together.

It was delicious and luscious, but it WAS very fattening! We called it No-name desert because there really was no name for it.

But yes, coconut, coconut milk and coconut cream DO have a very high amount of cholesterol. As does anything that's made with tropical oils.

But I imagine that if you ate it in moderation, such as once in a VERY GREAT WHILE, it might not be so bad.
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:53 PM   #5
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But yes, coconut, coconut milk and coconut cream DO have a very high amount of cholesterol. As does anything that's made with tropical oils.

Corey,

Sorry but that's just not true.

Coconut products do not contain any cholesterol. No plant product does. Only animal products contain cholesterol.

Like lizzand explained, above, coconut milk contains saturated fat, which raises LDL. But it does not itself contain any cholesterol.

But people also claim that coconut oil raises HDL, or good cholesterol.
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Old 07-17-2007, 02:18 PM   #6
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Then why are health officials badmouthing it?

Doesn't it have tropical oils which are said to be bad?
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:46 PM   #7
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Then why are health officials badmouthing it?

Doesn't it have tropical oils which are said to be bad?

Jennyema explains why in her post...
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Then why are health officials badmouthing it?

Doesn't it have tropical oils which are said to be bad?
the soybean folks had an agenda, and it has worked wonderfully.

if coconut oil, milk, and cream were that bad, malaysians, thai, and other folks would have VERY high incidences of heart disease and cholesterol, but that's NOT the case.

meanwhile, FACTORIES are blasting cheap grade oils with hydrogen to hydrogenate them... so they can live forever on your shelves.

and you're worried about a NATURAL coconut?

don't believe the hype.
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Old 07-17-2007, 09:23 PM   #9
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I thought I read some where that coconut oil is great and healthy for frying.Its been very confusing indeed dont know what to believe.
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:28 PM   #10
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I thought I read some where that coconut oil is great and healthy for frying.Its been very confusing indeed dont know what to believe.
you need virgin coconut oil... not refined or hydrogenated coconut oil.

coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, and lauric acid, etc.

remember, the same folks who vilified coconut oil, did the same to butter while promoting margarine.

and now, it's the trans fatty acids in those same hydrogenated products that has done all the damage.
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Also remember that 99% of the people who are telling you that coconut oil is healthy, are purveyors of coconut oil!
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:17 PM   #12
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Also remember that 99% of the people who are telling you that coconut oil is healthy, are purveyors of coconut oil!
agreed... just like those who vilified butter & coconut oil are now having to eat crow as their products are filled with trans fats which are PROVEN to be the problem.

when the lobbyists and corporate types get OUT of the FDA, things will be better for all of us (i hope).
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:57 PM   #13
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execceo, just make the dessert and enjoy it. It's not like you are going to be eating piles of it every single day for the rest of your life. A little sat fat never killed anyone--it's a LOT of sat fat that'll do it to ya!
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Old 07-20-2007, 12:02 AM   #14
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Yeah, as long as these things are eating in moderation, there shouldn't be a problem.
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Yeah, as long as these things are eating in moderation, there shouldn't be a problem.
You're in America. There IS no moderation!
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Breathing air can kill you now a days! I think I'll start having Thai currys every night! Coconut milk !
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This is just a hunch, but there may be something to it. Look at places in the world that survived on natural oils and look at their rates of heart disease, they are usually low. When our margarine and hydrogenated oils that were developed here became part of their diets heart disease increased just like here. There is lots of info online to wade through.

I use natural oils for the most part. I don't micromanage fats but just use common sense when using them.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:35 PM   #18
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Coconut oil and other coconut products are extremely healthy. It is not the people who are selling it who are saying this. It is the health food enthusiasts. There is a lot of information available on this.
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Corey,

Sorry but that's just not true.

Coconut products do not contain any cholesterol. No plant product does. Only animal products contain cholesterol.
I have a can of my own coconut cream here and it has no cholesterol (0 mg). It has 19 g of fat per 90 g serving (half a cup, 4 oz), of which 17 g are saturated fat and 0 g are trans fat. 190 calories (170 from fat), 11 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate (of which 2 g are sugar) and 1 g protein.]

Coconut cream is the same thing as coconut milk except it's the thick part that rises to the top when your coconut milk settles for a few hours. I prefer CC to CM because it's thicker and doesn't dilute other ingredients, and can always be thinned with water if too thick.

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Breathing air can kill you now a days! I think I'll start having Thai currys every night! Coconut milk !
Warning: dead topic revival! What got you motivated to dig up this old topic after almost 5 years?

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Coconut oil and other coconut products are extremely healthy. It is not the people who are selling it who are saying this. It is the health food enthusiasts. There is a lot of information available on this.
It's people like me too, who explore interesting cuisines (Thai food) and start cooking their traditional recipes, and then look at the health consequences of eating their food. The biggest consequence I can find is that I'm eating healthier food and consuming more vegetables. And the stuff is tasty too!

Sorry. If anybody has coconut milk or coconut cream phobias IMO they are not based in reality. They are healthy foods.
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I have a can of my own coconut cream here and it has no cholesterol (0 mg). It has 19 g of fat per 90 g serving (half a cup, 4 oz), of which 17 g are saturated fat and 0 g are trans fat. 190 calories (170 from fat), 11 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate (of which 2 g are sugar) and 1 g protein.]

Coconut cream is the same thing as coconut milk except it's the thick part that rises to the top when your coconut milk settles for a few hours. I prefer CC to CM because it's thicker and doesn't dilute other ingredients, and can always be thinned with water if too thick.

Warning: dead topic revival! What got you motivated to dig up this old topic after almost 5 years?

It's people like me too, who explore interesting cuisines (Thai food) and start cooking their traditional recipes, and then look at the health consequences of eating their food. The biggest consequence I can find is that I'm eating healthier food and consuming more vegetables. And the stuff is tasty too!

Sorry. If anybody has coconut milk or coconut cream phobias IMO they are not based in reality. They are healthy foods.
Oh my, I just noticed the date on this post!
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