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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Two Choices for Coconut Milk

If you cook Thai dishes sometimes or if you gravitate toward tropical-style flavors, there will come a time when you are asked to add coconut milk to your recipes. I know it sounds innocent enough but coconut milk is LOADED with calories, total fat grams and saturated fat grams. You don’t believe me? Well, 1 cup of canned coconut milk usually contains 445 calories, 48 grams of fat and 43 grams of saturated fat.

See what I mean?

But, you have two light options. You can do what I’ve always done and that’s use fat free half and half and add coconut extract to make my own “coconut milk” or you can use a lite canned coconut milk. I believe there are at least a couple of brands out there doing this but the one I used last night while testing a Light Coconut Cream Cake for the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic was from Whole Foods.

“365 Organic Coconut Milk Lite” (made in Thailand) comes in a can and 1 cup of this stuff contains 160 calories, 16 grams of fat, and 12 grams of saturated fat. This is still a respectable ingredient, adding fat grams to your recipe, but it’s definitely a lot less shocking compared to regular canned coconut milk.

~~Elaine

Related Topics: Ethnic Eating Out Tips, Recipe: Coconut Custard Pie

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Posted by: Elaine Magee, RD at 8:07 am

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