I'm on a coconut milk bandwagon, which I purchase a carton in the grocery store. You have to get use to the taste, but once you do, it is really good for you.
(If you don't like coconuts, Almond milk is highly nutritional.) Here are some benefits on the following link:http://www.livestrong.com/article/246903...
I like both.
When it is made right from the coconut, it resembles a watery substance. Since it doesn't come from a dairy cow, it is lactose free for those who are lactose intolerant.
One of the good reasons for drinking it is that is makes the blood vessels more flexible and elastic from the copper and vitamin C it contains. If you have a problem with bleeding gums when you brush your teeth, many have said that it prevents it, and the bleeding stops. Also, if you are dieting, it can make you feel full. It helps with a variety of conditions: blood sugar, blood pressure, etc. Plus, there are 100s of recipes that can be made.
This link shows the 10 benefits from drinking coconut milk and the vitamins and minerals that you get from it. http://www.drgranny.com/2011/05/05/benef...
You can purchase fresh off the tree and green – cut off the top with a knife – put in a straw and drink. http://www.florida-coconuts.com/
I would prefer buying the coconut, cracking it open, and using the liquid.
Of course, the ordeal of that might be somewhat difficult if I have to smack it outside on a rock, or something, and hitting the ends hard with a knife to get to it. I learned that from the Survivor series watching the people master that technique. I'm sure there is an easier way such as:
A coconut tool called a CocoDrill for about $10.00, but it is very sharp. You put the opener into the top, rotate and twist back and forth while applying pressure. It will cut through. Remove and insert a straw to drink. This can't be used on mature coconuts. (Coconut meat and the water is coconut milk).
Suggested to use Thai coconuts that are filled with water and have tender flesh.
To open a coconut:
1.See 2 to 3 dark indentions on one end of the coconut.
2.Drive nail through each hole.
3.Take drained coconut and wrap in center of towel.
4.Hit it with a hammer.
5.Once cracked you can hit it a few more times to remove the meat.
(I put it in the oven to heat and remove the meat easily.)
There are a lot of different opinions on whether the fat content is bad or good for your cholesterol profile. Coconut meat is not an animal fat.
Diets that include coconut of fat rich in lauric acid is better for your cholesterol than fat high in trans fatty acids, which is unsaturated, and found in baked goods..
Diets that include coconut of fat rich in lauric acid is better for your cholesterol than fat high in trans fatty acids, which is unsaturated, and found in baked goods.. http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/st...
The other argument is that diets high in coconut meat and milk finds coconut to be benign and even a helpful. I find it to be very healthy for me, but everything should be used in moderation.