How Coconut Milk brings together the Epicurean and the health conscious.

Posted by Tintin Sealey

Milk is a main ingredient in ice cream. Or at least that’s what most ice creams are made of. This is a concern for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant or have an allergy or sensitivity to dairy. Does it mean that those who cannot or do not want to consume milk or dairy products should be denied the ubiquitous frozen dessert? Not necessarily. It’s possible to make ice creams without milk.

Almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, soy milk or even simply frozen fruit pulp are some of the alternatives to milk. Despite so many choices among the many alternatives to the dairy ingredient in ice cream, coconut milk has emerged as a clear favourite. Why?

It’s tasty or tastier and in some ways healthier.

It has been found that coconut milk has many advantages over the other alternatives and even the moo juice, not only in terms of taste and health but also on practical and ethical grounds. While dairy is the most common form of food allergy, some people are allergic to soy and nuts and others have celiac or gluten sensitivities.

Coconut milk is therefore a safer alternative to dairy. It is also wholesome and tastier when it is produced from organically farmed coconuts. Coconuts are naturally and abundantly available in places that have tropical weather. Farming coconuts is definitely far more environmentally-friendly than milking cows. In consistency and texture, coconut milk is the closest to cow’s milk. In terms of taste, not only does it have nothing objectionable but almost everyone who tastes it finds it delicious.

Isn’t drinking milk good for your health?

The most rational incentive to drink milk is that it is healthy. No wonder, cow’s milk has long occupied an unquestionable position in the daily diets of most people. However, whether the perceived health benefits of milk is true or empirically verified is another matter. The so called “milk myth” has been the bone of contention between many health experts and the subject of research studies.

Whether drinking milk is really healthy is a subject that is still debatable. Nobody can deny that cow’s milk is good for calves because that’s how nature meant it to be. Is it good for humans? Notwithstanding the ethically loaded implications of the question, there are many aspects of the actual health content of milk that are questionable. The fact that milk contains calcium is just one part of the story. The other part is whether the human body actually absorbs this calcium.

Is there a health argument for coconut milk?

Coconut milk is low in calories compared to cow’s milk. This may seem like the main argument in favour of coconut milk. At the same time, coconut milk is low in calcium and protein content. Isn’t this a disadvantage? This is a common error when comparing any dairy alternative. The expectation is that the alternative should live up to the original.

Milk maintained a special status because it was considered to be a great source of nutrition. Until recently, there were no disadvantages to drinking milk. On the other hand, a lot of nutritional value is expected from a dairy alternative. Is the decline in the consumption of cow’s milk and the increasing popularity of dairy alternatives like coconut milk and soy milk indicative that people are becoming more health-conscious? The initial apprehension about the fat content in coconut milk has given way to indications that the Medium Chain Fatty Acids or MCFAs in coconut milk are what are known as good fat and a reliable source of energy. On a more practical note, any good thing in excess can be bad. As far as taste and nutritional value goes, coconut milk continues to inspire confidence.

The proof is in the source.

Even if you are not a vegan it makes sense to be concerned about the source of your nutrition. Once one learns more about the way in which milk is acquired from or produced by cows, it raises a whole lot of not just health concerns but ethical and environmental questions as well. Coconut milk on the other hand is an ecologically cleaner alternative.

This is more so if the coconut milk is sourced from organic farms. The coconut milk used to make Cocofrio Ice Creams is completely organic as indicated by the nation’s leading authority, Australian Certified Organic (ACO). What does this mean to you as a consumer? It is an assurance that when you are eating Cocofrio, you are eating an ice cream that contains all natural ingredients. After all, Cocofrio is not just for vegans or anyone who can’t consume milk or doesn’t like the taste of milk. It is an ice cream that everyone can enjoy.

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