Coconut milk powder is an easy and convenient way to add nutritional goodness to your green smoothies, which is why it is popular with health-conscious consumers.
Coconut milk contains important nutrients simply not found in cow’s milk. Plus, unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk does not trigger gastrointestinal distress for those who are lactose intolerant. Organic coconut milk powder also does not contain Sodium caseinate, which is a compound derived from casein, a protein present in the milk of mammals.
Let’s take a closer look at coconut milk powder.
What is Coconut Milk Powder?
Coconut milk powder is evaporated (dried) coconut milk, while coconut milk is derived from the flesh of the coconut fruit.
You’ll find organic coconut milk powder as an ingredient in many recipes. (You can also replace evaporated dried cow’s milk with coconut milk in many recipes, though it may slightly change the flavor.) Coconut milk powder is said to be gluten free, gluten free vegan, dairy free, and vegan dairy free.
You can also rehydrate it by stirring a few tablespoons of the powder into a glass of water, turning it into coconut milk that you can drink, add to a bowl of cereal, or use in smoothies or recipes.
Because organic coconut milk powder is “shelf stable,” meaning it does not have to be refrigerated and can be stored in the pantry for long periods of time without spoiling, many people prefer it to coconut milk.
Coconut Milk Powder Nutrition
As the powdered form is derived from coconut milk, there is not much difference in nutritional value between the two. Both are a good source of vitamins and minerals.
One fresh coconut milk cup powder (60 grams) contains:1
- Calories: 401
- Fat: 39.48 grams
- Protein: 2.66 grams
- Carbs: 14.22 grams
- Fiber: 8.46 grams
- Iron: 1.68 mg
- Magnesium: 66 mg
- Potassium: 492 mg
- Copper: 0.48 mg
- Manganese: 66 mg
You may have noticed that organic coconut milk powder is high in calories and fat. But the good news is that much of this fat is a type of saturated fats known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
Coconut Milk Powder and MCTs for Weight Loss
Multiple research studies indicate that MCTs may offer a host of health benefits, particularly for those who suffer from weight-control issues. MCTs have been shown to generate energy through a process known as “thermogenesis,” which boosts metabolism and increases the number of calories typically burned per day.
Obesity has become a worldwide public health crisis, as excess body fat has been linked to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, and many more.2 As a result, researchers are always searching for a solution — if only a partial one — that will help people lose weight easily and steadily.
The MCTs in coconut milk may be the answer they’ve been looking for.
Studies show that MCTs may help reduce body weight by:
- Increasing insulin sensitivity. Insulin is a hormone needed for the cells of the body to accept insulin, thus preventing elevated blood glucose levels that can eventually lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes.3
- Reducing food intake by increasing satiety.4
- Increasing metabolism and fat burning5
MCT oil also contains about 10% fewer calories than olive oil or other foods containing long chain fatty acids, which could also reduce your calorie intake somewhat, helping you better control your weight.6
Other Health Benefits of Organic Coconut Milk Powder
In addition to its beneficial effect on weight, coconut milk powder may also:
- Support the immune system due to its lauric acid content6
- Protect the heart by increasing levels of good (HDL) cholesterol7
- Soothe inflammation8
- Fight infections9
That’s a LOT of health benefits!
Organic Coconut Milk Powder for your Health
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1- Slism. Coconut Powder. Calorie Slism. Accessed Jan 8, 2021. https://slism.com/calorie/105016/
2- CDC. Adult Obesity Causes & Consequences. Centers for Disease Control. Page last reviewed: Sep 17, 2020. Accessed Jan 8, 2021. https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html
3- Han JR, Deng B, Sun J, Chen CG, Corkey BE, Kirkland JL, Ma J, Guo W. Effects of dietary medium-chain triglyceride on weight loss and insulin sensitivity in a group of moderately overweight free-living type 2 diabetic Chinese subjects. Metabolism. 2007 Jul;56(7):985-91. doi: 10.1016/j.metabol.2007.03.005. PMID: 17570262.
4- Kinsella R, Maher T. Clegg ME. Coconut oil has less satiating properties than medium chain triglyceride oil. Physiology & Behavior. Volume 179, 1 October 2017, Pages 422-426 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.07.007
5- St-Onge MP, Jones PJ. Greater rise in fat oxidation with medium-chain triglyceride consumption relative to long-chain triglyceride is associated with lower initial body weight and greater loss of subcutaneous adipose tissue. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2003 Dec;27(12):1565-71. doi: 10.1038/sj.ijo.0802467. PMID: 12975635.
6- Eske J. Health benefits of coconut milk. MedicalNewsToday. Nov 20, 2018. Accessed Jan 8, 2021. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323743
7- Khaw KT, Sharp SJ, Finikarides L, et al. Randomised trial of coconut oil, olive oil or butter on blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors in healthy men and women. BMJ Open. 2018;8(3):e020167. Published 2018 Mar 6. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-020167
8- Elmore LK, Nance G, Singleton S, Lorenz L. Treatment of Dermal Infections With Topical Coconut Oil. May 2014 Vol 6 Issue 5. https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2014-05/treatment-dermal-infections-topical-coconut-oil
9- Elmore LK, Nance G, Singleton S, Lorenz L. Treatment of Dermal Infections With Topical Coconut Oil. May 2014 Vol 6 Issue 5. https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2014-05/treatment-dermal-infections-topical-coconut-oil