Coconut Milk - It's Not Really Milk
What is it?
Coconut milk has been gaining popularity in the culinary world. Contrary to popular belief, coconut milk isn’t really “milk” at all!
Instead, it is found within the “meat” in mature coconuts.
The liquid that is found when a coconut is cracked open is coconut water, while the milk is made when the meat is blended and strained.
Mature coconuts contain more meat, which are used for coconut milk, while young, green coconuts are used for coconut water.
The difference between heavy and lite coconut milk is that heavy coconut milk hasn’t been strained as many times as the lite version. With its thick, rich, and creamy consistency,
coconut milk tastes like it shouldn’t be as healthy as it is but it has numerous health benefits when consumed in moderation.
Our coconut milk from Thailand has a stronger scent than coconut milk from other countries. We are proud to source our coconut milk from the same high-quality supplier for the Royal Thai Family.
Coconut milk contains healthy fats such as medium-chain triglycerides that may increase metabolism and helps with weight loss. It increases energy and helps enhance physical performance. Electrolytes found in coconut milk such as magnesium and potassium help repair broken down tissue and enables them to grow back even stronger.
Coconut milk contains lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids and capric acid, which have antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which helps in fighting and preventing influenza, cold sores, and even HIV. Lauric acid is also a protective type of fatty acid that is linked to improve cholesterol levels and a healthy heart.
Digestion and Relieves Constipation
Coconut milk nourishes the digestive lining with its abundance of electrolytes and healthy fats, helping improve gut health and preventing conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. A well hydrated digestive tract is imperative when preventing or treating constipation.
Light VS Premium
It's all about fat content. But the good kind!
Because of the difference in fat content, they are used for different types of recipes.
Light coconut milk is slightly diluted, which makes it less thick than the premium version. This type of coconut milk can be used in soups, smoothies, and baked goods.
Premium coconut milk has a higher fat percentage than its light counter part, which are used in desserts and sauces. Opening the can without shaking it, the top part of the can could be used in place of whipped cream.
Coconut Milk Chicken Chowder
1 tbsp olive oil
I cup diced onion
1 tbsp thyme
12 ounces chopped skinless chicken breast
2 cups unsalted chicken stock
1 ½ cups corn
1 tsp kosher salt
½ tsp black pepper
¾ cup Polar canned light coconut milk
1 tbsp all purpose flour
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high
Add onion, thyme, and chicken; sauté 5 minutes.
Add chicken stock, corn, salt, and pepper; cook 10 minutes
Combine coconut milk and flour; stir into soup until thickened.
Coconut & Chia Seed Pudding
1 can Polar premium coconut milk,
2/3 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp vanilla extract
½ cup shredded coconut
Mix together all ingredients and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
Top off with delicious Polar jarred fruit and shredded coconut.
4 frozen sliced bananas
4 soft pitted Medjool dates
½ cup canned Polar light coconut milk
½ tsp kosher salt
4 tbsp Polar Original Flavor Coconut chips
Place bananas, dates, coconut milk, and salt in a food processor.
Process until smooth, scrape sides of bowl occasionally.
Spoon about 3/4 cup soft serve into each of 4 bowls; top each with 1 Tbsp. crushed coconut chips.