Coconut milk powder

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Coconut milk powder

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There are many great things about this coconut milk powder but perhaps the best is the aroma when you open the sachet. There is a fresh, vibrant coconut smell that hints at the freshness and purity of this product.

This coconut milk powder is pearly white and is 63.5% fat. It is tested and certificated by AsureQuality in Auckland and 28.9% of the fat content is Lauric Acid. It was produced in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility using a production method designed to leave the nutritional and phytonutrient profile of the coconut milk powder in tact.

Good quality coconut milk can provide you with all the benefits of raw virgin coconut oi but it is difficult or almost impossible to find coconut milk that has not been denatured and the active ingredients of coconut oil's medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) destroyed.

This coconut milk powder is an exception. Apart from the addition of a small amount of maltodextrose, all the other usual additives have been removed. The reason for leaving the maltodextrose is because it is essential in the powdering process.

If you are a user of coconut milk in the can, so why would you switch to coconut milk powder:

  • It's far more convenient than a can. It's an easy way to much as much coconut milk as you want, when you want it.
  • On top of being convenient it is economical. Open a can of coconut milk and it has to be used in about 3 days. Because of its high moisture content and presence of other organic components it spoils quickly. This coconut milk powder can be kept for months and 1 tablespoon costs you 21 cents
  • Coconut milk in cans is packed with fillers, stabilisers and additives. A few that I encounter regularly are (E466) Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, (E435)Polysorbate60, (E223) Sodium Metasulphite
  • The richness that you generally associate with canned coconut cream is pretty much the addition of an emulsifier, generally (E412) Guar Gum. Coconut milk is not naturally thick like the coconut 'cream' you find in a lot of cans
  • All other coconut milk powders marketed in New Zealand (and probably Australia) contain dairy products, particularly Sodium Caseinate. Sodium Caseinate is added to give the milk powder a richer taste and also to make it drier and powder more like milk powder, and
  • As a product that has not been denatured it contains the full minerals, vitamins and monoglycerides that can make the use of coconut milk a healthy addition to your diet

This is a high-quality natural product with an exceptional coconut aroma and taste. It is a quality product and we offer a money back guarantee on this product if you are not completely satisfied.

The active ingredients of a good quality coconut milk are similar to raw virgin coconut oil. If the product is not denatured it will have an extremely healthy fatty acid and nutritional profile.

The active ingredients in the Natural Abundance coconut milk powder include:

Medium-chain fatty acids

Fatty Acids
The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that provide some of the most significant health benefits to consumers of raw virgin coconut oil are also active in this coconut milk powder.

This coconut milk powder has been produced via a low-heat, nutrition friendly process. The production of this coconut milk powder has left the MCFA profile in tact. The powder has been tested by AsureQuality Auckland and is 63.5% total fat, comprised of:

  • Lauric Acid 28.9%
  • Myristic Acid 10.5%
  • Caprylic Acid 5.9%
  • Palmitic Acid 4.7%
  • Capric Acid 4.1%, and
  • Oleic Acid 2.7%

 The advantage of MCFAs is that they:

  • Are burned directly by the liver as energy rather than needing to go through any intermediary processes like most other fats. This means burnt for energy not stored as fat
  • Significantly easier for the body to metabolise than other forms of fat, and
  • Provide a range of antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal protections that significantly increase your capacity to keep low-level, everyday annoying illnesses at bay as well as having the capacity to fight chronic disease and infection

Each tablespoon of this coconut milk powder contains 3.6 grams of medium-chain fatty acids.

Lauric acid

Queen of the MCFAs
It is the fatty acid that keeps us healthy as a new born and is undoubtedly the queen of the medium-chain fatty acids. It is unrivalled in its antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal activity. It is particularly effective against lipid coated viruses and is powerful enough to destroy herpes, the influenza virus and HIV.

It is equally effective against pathogenic bacteria including listeria and heliobactor.

However, it is not just a germ fighter. The benefits of lauric acid include:

  • Providing heart protection through its positive action on your over serum cholesterol profile (keeping the LDL and HDL in balance)
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Playing an active role in your body's inflammatory responses through its ability to increase the production of the inflammatory compound interleukin-10, and
  • Increasing your metabolism and having a positive effect on the functioning of the thyroid

Each tablespoon of this coconut milk powder contains an incredible 1 gram of Lauric Acid.

Other fatty acids

The Support Crew
Consumers and researchers alike tend to concentrate on the benefits of the lauric acid in raw coconut oil and coconut milk to the exclusion of the other medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

Coconut oil is made up of ten different fatty acids, and the majority of them possess antimicrobial properties. Whilst lauric acid appears to have the widest range of antimicrobial properties, all the MCFAs in coconut oil work synergistically.

Caprylic acid, capric acid and the other acids all have the ability to act on particular types of viruses and bacteria and are more effective on some microorganisms than lauric acid.

The unique thing about this coconut milk powder is that the fatty acid profile is in tact.

Oleic acid

Omega 9
Oleic acid is commonly known as Omega 9 and it is the major triglyceride in olive oil. It is an monounsaturated fatty acid.

Oleic acid has a number of benefits, including:

  • A positive effect on your cholesterol. It lowers the level of low density lipoprotein (LDL) which is seen as the bad cholesterol and increases the level of high density lipoprotein (HDL) or the good cholesterol
  • Being antioxidant rich which assists in the eradication of free radicals and maintenance of the immune system
  • Strengthening and repairing cells both routinely and in response to damage, and
  • Inhibits the growth of cancerous cells

Ketones

Brain Food
Just as the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in raw virgin coconut oil provides food for the brain so do the same MCFAs in this coconut milk powder.

Carbohydrates are synthesised as glucose and feed our brain and every cell in our body. When carbohydrate levels are low (as in between meals) the body releases fatty acids stored in our cells which are burned as an alternative energy source.

The brain has a problem in that it cannot utilise the energy produced from triglycerides. So when carbohydrates fall to low levels the body produces high-energy brain food called ketones. Ketones are produced from fat stored in the liver.

When the system is not working as it should, or as we age, the body can have difficulty producing ketones. Thus the brain becomes starved for energy and repeated bouts of starving can lead to degeneration and the onset of Alzheimer's.

Coconut MCFAs are an alternative source of ketones. As they break down in the liver, a portion of the MCFAs are converted to ketones, and this happens regardless of whether there are carbohydrates present in the system.

Regular use of coconut oil and coconut milk powder can provide a back-mechanism to ensure your brain has a continuous supply of food.

Dietary fibre

Insoluble Fibre
Non-digestible fibre is not broken down by the enzymes in the digestive tract and passes directly through the body. Non-digestible fibre is essential in maintaining optimum gut health.

The fibre provides nutrition for the friendly bacteria that are the foundation of a good healthy immune system.

Each 100 grams of coconut milk powder provides 2.3 grams of insoluble fibre.

Magnesium

Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential mineral and is involved in a large range of metabolic functions. It plays a role in:

  • The structure of bones, cells and chromosomes
  • The transport of ions like potassium and calcium across cell membranes
  • Protein synthesis and several enzymes that contribute to the synthesis of carbohydrates and lipids (fat) require magnesium to be able to carry out that role, and
  • Energy production. ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy producing molecule located in the mitochondria (the energy production plants contained inside all cells) exists as a compound with magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is associated with a number of conditions:

  • People with gastrointestinal problems can be magnesium deficient. Particularly Chron's disease, malabsorption syndromes and chronic diarrhoea
  • Intestinal magnesium absorption tends to decrease with age and urinary magnesium excretion tends to increase
  • Diabetes melitus and long-term use of some diuretics can lead to magnesium deficiency, and
  • Magnesium deficiency is frequently found in people with chronic alcohol consumption

Potassium & Phosphorous

Potassium & Phosphorous
Coconut milk powder is a rich source of potassium and phosphorous.

Potassium plays an important role in:

  • The processing and metabolisation of carbohydrate
  • Optimum brain functioning
  • Maintenance of proper blood sugar levels
  • Muscle contraction functioning
  • Maintaining normal blood pressure, and
  • Maintaining an optimum fluid balance in the body

Phosphorous is essential in a number of metabolic functions, including:

  • Development of the skeletal and bone structure and health, and
  • Proper functioning of the kidneys

Selenium

Selenium
Selenium is a trace element that acts as an antioxidant in the body. It has a number of roles that include protection against heart disease and having anti-cancer activity.

Selenium in our diet generally comes from the plants we eat, via the soil. However New Zealand soils are deficient in selenium.

Selenium is only found in small quantities in the body but those trace elements play a role in:

  • Fortifying the immune system
  • Combats the threat of free radicals
  • Activating the enzyme Glutathione which has a primary role in protecting the body from oxidative stress and free radicals, and
  • Correct functioning of the thyroid

Bone, joint & inflammation

Inflammation
As with raw coconut oil the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut milk powder have an anti-inflammatory impact and support inflammation across a wide range of sources in the body.

Inflammation is an immune response to an infection, injury or irritation. Inflammation is part of the body's natural defence system against disease and injury. When our immune response is out of synch it can lead to chronic inflammation. This happens through the prostaglandin (Prostaglandin 2) that signals the need for an immune response producing more and more P2 which eventually results in the body essentially cannibalising itself.

There are a number of drugs on the market that have been developed to control the inflammation process but they generally have multiple side effects. The MFCAs in coconut oil modulate the prostoglandin response. The advantage of coconut oil or coconut milk (specifically the MCFAs) is that it inhibits the immune over-response and acts on the source and cause of the inflammation, rather than simply masking the pain.

Cancer risk & prevention

Cancer Prevention
The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut milk play a role in protecting against cancer risk generally. Additionally low levels of selenium in a diet are associated with a number of cancers, including:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon cancer, and
  • Prostrate cancer

Diabetes & blood

Type 2 Diabetes
Coconut milk like coconut oil provides significant benefit through its ability to help regulate blood sugar levels.

A study in animals in 2009 showed that the addition of coconut oil to the diet protects against the condition known as 'insulin resistance' (a cells decreasing ability to respond correctly to the presence of insulin). The study also showed that the addition of coconut oil did not lead to the accumulation of body fat compared to the use of other types of fat.

One of the study's authors Dr Nigel Turner (Australia) said 'the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are interesting to us because they behave differently to the fats normally found in our diet.

Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are able to enter a cell's mitochondria (the energy burning parts of the cell) directly, and they can be converted to energy directly. MCFAs are very effective at increasing the oxidative capacity of muscles which leads to better insulin regulation and decreased fat storage. Two of the significant markers for the onset of diabetes.

Blood Cholesterol
The addition of coconut milk to the diet (through the MCFA content) has a positive impact on the all-important HDL and LDL cholesterol balance. The fat in coconut milk has the effect of increasing the HDL (good) cholesterol and developing a favourable HDL/LDL balance.

The most accurate indicator of health or risk is the ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol. A significant number of studies have shown the positive benefits of coconut oil on the base HDL marker.

Skin, hair & eyes

Skin Care
One of the common uses of raw virgin coconut oil is care of the skin. Just as virgin coconut oil is deeply moisturising, so is coconut milk.

Some people describe coconut milk as the perfect skin moisturiser that softens and nourishes skin through the coconut oils but with the addition of protein and minerals.

The advantage of the coconut milk powder is that you can mix the coconut milk to a rich paste that is easy to apply (imagine applying a can of coconut milk to your face) and relatively mess free.

This coconut milk powder is especially good for skin care as it is free of thickeners and emulsifiers.

Weight management

Eat Fat, Lose Fat
It may sound a contradiction and the opposite of the dietary advice you have been given in the past but there a growing awareness that the low fat, polyunsaturated fat diet is a direct contributing factor to the growing girth of affluent communities over the last 50 years.

One of the keys to weight loss, long-term weight management is eating energy dense, nutrient rich foods.

Not only is coconut milk powder nutrient rich and energy dense and therefore satisfies hunger and maintains the feeling full longer, it is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which means that it is food that is burned as energy and not transported to the adipose fat cells to be stored.

'Good fat' in the right amount is a key to weight management and this coconut milk powder is 63.5% good fat.

Using coconut milk powder may not be something you have thought of but it has a range of advantages over canned or tetra pack coconut milk:

Economical & Safe

Cost Effective & Safe
Coconut milk powder is a cost effective and economical way to have coconut milk on hand at all times. There is no wastage and no spoilage with this product. I have lost count of the number of half-empty coconut milk cans I have thrown out of the fridge over the years.

This is an extremely well-priced product:

  • The 150 gram foil pouch contains 26 tablespoons of coconut milk powder at the cost of 21 cents per tablespoon
  • The 300 gram foil pouch contains 52 tablespoons of coconut milk powder at the cost of 15 cents per tablespoon

This coconut milk powder is also safe. When you open a can of coconut milk you sometimes find a grey ring around the top of the can and it frequently happens when the can is left in the fridge for a couple of days. Because coconut milk is a fat and therefore quite acidic, it eats away the BPA lining of the can. Tests carried on people who have drunk canned coconut milk have shown significant traces of BPA in the urine, and

Daily intake

Rich Source of Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs)
This coconut milk powder provides another avenue for accessing the daily benefits of coconut oil and MCFAs.

One tablespoon of the powder contains 3.6 grams of fat and 1 gram of that fat is Lauric Acid.

This coconut milk powder also has the nutritional profile in tact which means the MFCAs are active and it is rich in the minerals selenium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.

Versatility

Versatile & Convenient
Using coconut milk powder is a versatile and convenient way to get the benefits and goodness from coconut milk.

It is much more convenient than a can. I have one of the foil pouches in the kitchen which I use in a whole range of ways:

  • The gluten free muffins that I make for the children's lunches
  • As part of the sauce (together with coconut sugar) for the Thai Chicken Curry
  • Add a little bit of boiling water and and it is the coconut milk in the blueberry pancakes
  • Added to protein shakes for my son
  • In my green lunchtime smoothie, and
  • Into the Blendtek (about 2 tablespoons) with frozen pineapple and coconut sugar to make the world's best Pineapple Sorbet

All of the above would only use less than half of the 150 gram pouches.

Long life

Non-perishable
Due to the high moisture content and the presence of other organic compounds (coconut milk is not filtered like raw coconut oil), coconut milk spoils quickly. If you open a can of coconut milk you have to use it virtually straight away or it will go off. Three to four days is the longest it will last in the fridge.

This coconut milk powder comes in a re-sealable pouch and will last for 12 months or more if refrigerated. We use it frequently so there is always an opened pouch in the cupboard. I have opened a couple of pouches and left them in the cupboard and they have shown no signs of deterioration after a number of months.

Dairy free

Sodium Caseinate
You might think that all coconut milk powder is dairy free but it is not.In fact it is surprisingly rare to find a coconut milk powder that is dairy free. All other brands of coconut milk powder (that I have ever seen) have Sodium Caseinate added. Generally to make it 'creamier' and also to make the powder mix drier. It is added as a binding agent. It is deceptively common in a large range of foods and generally the only way you would know of its presence is if you read the small print on the label.

It is made of Casein, a protein found in milk. Commonly people attribute problems with drinking milk as lactose intolerance but in many cases it is the inability to digest the protein casein. This digestion problem brings on sympoms like stomach pain, gas, itchy skin, wheezing and watery eyes

Whilst this coconut milk powder may not have the thickness of coconut milk powders bulked up with Sodium Caseinate it is an infinitely better product.

Guar gum

Guar Gum
An ingredient that you will find in pretty much all canned coconut milk is guar gum. It is derived from the guar plant which is commonly found in America. It is a very viscous, thickening agent that is sometimes used as a weight loss agent due to its ability to expand in the stomach and provide a feeling of fullness.

It is considered an anti-nutrient as, it is a bean, and it contains a number of compounds that make it difficult to digest (its natural protection mechanism), particularly for people with digestion problems.

It is attractive to food producers because it is a very easy and inexpensive way to thicken food. So, your watery coconut milk can be made very creamy, very cheaply.

Other non-dairy alternatives

Dairy Free Milk Alternatives
If you use ‘milk’ but for whatever reason do not want dairy in your diet using the Natural Abundance coconut milk powder has a number of advantages over other alternative milks:

  • Soy milk stands out as a risky option given the high amounts of isoflavones (plant estrogens) it contains that cause significant interruption to hormones and particularly the hormonal development of young children
  • Commercial almond milk is extremely low in protein and fat and high in sugar. It is also not made from almonds that have been soaked and dehydrated to eliminate the anti-nutrients it contains (phytic acid). The presence of phytic acid blocks mineral absorption and contributes to stress on the digestive system. You can make your own, nutritious version from raw almonds but it is quite time consuming, and
  • Rice milk that you buy in the supermarket is invariably very high in sugar and low in nutritional content. It works to destabilise blood sugar levels because it is very low in fat and protein

What people have said about the Natural Abundance Coconut Milk Powder:

Brian Mc

Great
I have now added hot wter to the powder (was having a bit of trouble dissolving it in cold water) and it is great...I love the stuff.

Britta

Awesome
Awsome product by the way.

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