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Coconut milk instead of dairy milk?

Posted by Tintin Sealey

shutterstock_536935777 Dairy milk and Coconut milk both have their own benefits however if you are vegan, lactose- intolerant or just don't enjoy the taste of dairy milk, coconut milk is a plant-based alternative that contains no lactose and has a pleasant, creamy texture. Coconut milk is the liquid expelled from grated coconut meat can and can be used to make smoothies, soups, curries or stews. Coconut milk has several nutritional advantages and serves as a superior source of nutrients.

Environmentally friendly

Farming cows has a significant and detrimental impact on the environment. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. On the contrary, coconut farming may be able to remove carbon into the soil and offset carbon dioxide production into the atmosphere, according to the Philippine coconut authorities. The carbon reduces the negative impacts on the environment.  

Iron Content

1 cup serving of coconut milk over regular milk will provide you with 3.9 milligrams of iron which makes up nearly half the recommended daily intake for men. Iron is beneficial for your body as it directly supports your metabolism by helping transport essential oxygen to your tissues. Without this oxygen, your cells would not be able to perform the chemical reactions they need to make energy and support everyday functioning.  

Immune strength

Coconut milk contains lauric acid, a type of saturated fat found in several vegetable based fats. Lauric acid is often taken from coconuts to form monolaurin which is an antimicrobial agent used to treat viral infections including the flu. It ultimately can boost the immune system and further fight against bacteria and yeast.  

Lactose free

Dairy milk contains lactose, which is a type of sugar that is difficult for many people to digest. However, coconut milk does not contain lactose and is lower in carbohydrates than dairy milk, which is great if you are lactose intolerant or are trying to consume a low carbohydrates diet.