What's really in your coconut cream?
Coconut products are everywhere these days and coconut cream is a great dairy free alternative - full of beneficial fats that lower blood pressure, build muscle and help with fat loss, improves digestion and great for constipation. But, this does depend on your body type, as some digestive systems are better with less of this type of fat.
However, many of the coconut cream/milk options out there are going to see you consuming a lot more than coconut:
Coconut milks (in the carton) have a huge amount of added ingredients including canola oils, modified starch, lecithin, guar and xanthum gums, carrageenan, natural flavour (?!), and usually high amounts of sugar.
Canned coconut milk is basically coconut cream with water added to it - so your better to save yourself some coin and by a can of coconut cream and then thin as desired, saving the rest for another dish (yep, you can freeze it).
Also, there are reports that, even though using monkey's to collect coconuts is a traditional practice, there have been cases of human cruelty to these animals in some situations, so this another thing to be aware of.
The majority of coconut creams out there have guar gum in them or another type of stabilizer or thickener, and many of them don't have actually that much coconut in them. If I'm buying coconut cream, I want the main ingredient to be coconut, thank you very much.
Ayam coconut cream is my favourite - 82% coconut, and the rest is water. I like keeping it in the fridge upside down, and adding it to berries and coconut in the morning for breakfast.
Macro Organic, Chantal Organic or Ceres Organics are another great alternative.
Got any other favs? Let me know.
As always, keep on learning!