Whether for fruit smoothies, soups or Asian dishes – coconut milk is very versatile in your kitchen. It not only tastes delicious but also happens to be healthy.
Coconuts, and especially the coconut oil they contain, have lauric acid, which kills harmful pathogens such as bacteria, viruses or fungi. Lauric acid also attacks herpes or flu viruses, for example, and helps against acne by slowing the growth of acne bacteria and reducing excessive sebum production. Foods prepared with coconut oil will also stay fresh longer than when other fats are used.
Lowers heart attack risk
Not long ago, it was thought that coconuts promote cardiovascular diseases because of their high fat content. But while coconut fat does indeed raise your cholesterol level, it only raises "good" cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). HDL cholesterol is known to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
Helps you to lose weight
While coconuts are relatively high-fat, this fat is very special. These so-called "medium-chain triglycerides" (MCT) are converted into energy by the body more quickly than other fatty acids. You should, however, not consume more than ¼ cup of coconut milk per day if you want to take advantage of its weight-reducing effect.
Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Soup
300 g carrots
ginger (ca. 15 g, optional)
2 T olive oil
400 ml yeast-free vegetable broth
½ can coconut milk
2 spring onions
splash of lime juice
pinch of salt
Chop carrots, onions and ginger into small pieces and slightly brown in hot oil. Add broth and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove half of the carrots and puree the rest. Peel and dice mango. Add carrot pieces and mango along with coconut milk and spring onions to the soup and heat. Season with lime juice and salt to taste.