Coconut milk comes from the white flesh of mature brown coconuts, which are the fruit of the coconut tree.
The milk has a thick consistency and a rich, creamy texture.
Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines commonly include this milk. It’s also popular in Hawaii, India and certain South American and Caribbean countries.
Coconut milk should not be confused with coconut water, which is found naturally in immature green coconuts.
Unlike coconut water, the milk does not occur naturally in liquid form. The solid flesh is mixed with water to make coconut milk, which is about 50% water.
By contrast, coconut water is about 94% water. It contains much less fat and fewer nutrients than coconut milk.
Coconut milk is a high-calorie food.
About 93% of its calories come from fat, including saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
The milk is also a good source of several vitamins and minerals. One cup (240 grams) contains :
- Calories: 552.
- Fat: 57 grams.
- Protein: 5 grams.
- Carbs: 13 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
- Folate: 10% of the RDI.
- Iron: 22% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 22% of the RDI.
- Potassium: 18% of the RDI.
- Copper: 32% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 110% of the RDI.
- Selenium: 21% of the RDI.
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