Coconut milk conquers forever those who at least once in their life felt its delicate taste and incredible exotic aroma. In addition, the drink begins to enjoy its well-deserved popularity, not least because of its availability. Today in large cities it can be purchased almost in any store. What are the benefits and harms of coconut milk, does it have anything to do with cow's milk and how can you use the oil from these tropical fruits for your own benefit?
How to get coconut milk?
Contrary to popular belief, the fluid in the cavity of a coconut is not milk at all. It is called coconut water or juice. To obtain "milk" squeeze the flesh of a well-ripened walnut. This results in a thick, white mass with a sweetish taste. Next, this slurry is diluted with clean water and again squeezed to obtain a liquid of the desired consistency.
Today in large stores you can find a huge variety of bottles and jars of coconut milk. To choose the right and useful product, pay attention to its composition indicated on the label. The ingredients should be only natural coconut milk and water. Any other ingredients make it much less nutritious and beneficial.
In addition, coconut milk, like any other, may have a different fat content. Experts advise choosing a fatter product, because you can always dilute it to the consistency you need. Also try to get small containers, since the shelf life of natural coconut milk in the refrigerator should not exceed 3 days.
If desired, this drink can be made at home. To do this, the pulp of a mature nut must be grated on a fine grater or use the help of a blender. The resulting coconut chips should be poured boiling water, leave it for 30-40 minutes and squeeze well. About 250 ml of natural milk and a little less sweet chips can be obtained from a medium-sized coconut.
Useful properties of natural coconut milk
Coconut milk, the benefits and harms of which today are of interest to a large number of people, has the following valuable properties:
- activates digestion, helps normalize metabolism;
- prevents the formation of cholesterol plaques, helps vessels cope with their functions;
- due to a rather high potassium content, blood pressure returns to normal;
- improves immunity, helps in the fight against viruses and bacteria;
- prevents the occurrence of malignant neoplasms;
- It is a source of a large amount of vitamins, improves skin tone, gives vitality, eliminates the feeling of constant fatigue, calms, normalizes sleep;
- lowers blood sugar in diabetes;
- improves the condition of bones, nails, hair and skin.
Coconut milk has a fairly high calorie content (about 230 kcal per 100-gram portion) and very well nourishes the body. However, its oils and fatty acids are perfectly absorbed. Therefore, it can be safely used even for obese people, not to mention those who struggle with a small number of extra pounds. In addition, the coconut product is a great alternative to traditional cow's milk for those people who do not tolerate animal protein.
The use of coconut in cooking
Initially, coconut milk was an ingredient of purely Asian dishes. Currently, its use in cooking has spread far beyond its borders. Most often, the drink is involved in the preparation of pastries, as well as various cocktails and desserts.
In addition, you can stew meat with coconut milk: it gives the dish a delicious, sweetish taste. At the same time, the mass of coconut does not collapse under the influence of temperature, therefore the appearance of the dish will not be spoiled. Also, many cooks successfully combine this exotic product with shrimp, mussels or squid. Finally, pure coconut milk in its pure form can be added to coffee, tea or cocoa, giving the hot drink a delicate, velvety taste.
As for butter, it is added to cereals, soups, pancakes, cheese cakes, casseroles. They can also fill salads and use in the process of cooking any dishes from meat, fish or seafood.
Coconut milk in cosmetology
Coconut milk can be used as a cosmetic tool in its original form, without additives. If you regularly apply this product to clean and moist skin of the face, it will become toned and elastic. In addition, it perfectly helps to get rid of acne. In the shops today you can buy a huge variety of different creams, lotions and balms with the addition of this exotic product.
Using coconut milk as a balm also has a beneficial effect on the hair. It eliminates oily shine or, on the contrary, moisturizes too dry scalp.
Coconut oil has an anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and softening effect. It can be used both by itself and as an ingredient of numerous cosmetics, for example:
- body and face creams;
- skin masks;
- lip balms;
- shampoos and hair masks.
Thus, to buy products made from exotic fruits, it is possible and necessary not only for the sake of taste, although in itself it is able to deliver gourmets "heavenly delight." Coconut milk and butter are able to benefit our health and appearance, to share with us the energy of the southern sun. It is only necessary to pay special attention to the composition and shelf life of coconut products, and even better - at least occasionally prepare the milk themselves.