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Coconut Milk Brand Craze!

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Created October 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

So, I have decided to give coconut milk a try. After reading a few articles and some books that talk about the benefits of coconut milk. I did some research online and I found "So Delicious Coconut Milk" and "Native Forest Coconut Milk". Which coconut milk brand is healthier?

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on November 05, 2012
at 01:28 AM

If Aroy-D has a high coconut:water ratio, why does their nutrition facts label show a *lower* number of calories for the same-size serving as other brands?

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on October 28, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Some canned Aroy-D has either gums (stabilizers) or sulfites (preservatives) in it like this one: http://www.asiansupermarket365.com/Aroy-D-Coconut-Milk-For-Cooking-p/aroydcmilkcookzjj.htm , but just read the labels because they have some cans that are simply coconut milk and water. The tetra-pak Aroy-D is awesome imho and BPA free if you can find it.

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on October 28, 2012
at 01:13 PM

In terms of solidification, I think it really matters how much fat and perhaps solids end up in the final product. Two versions made only with coconut and water could certainly contain differing amounts of fat/solids, depending on the ratio of coconut to water.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 28, 2012
at 03:13 AM

If other brands list only coconut, water, and a preservative, but they don't turn solid in the 'fridge, even though their nutrition information is consistent with the USDA database values, then what's different about Aroy-D?

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on October 28, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Good to know, Vossman, thank you!

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on October 28, 2012
at 02:55 AM

if the coconut milk has a high oil content, then the saturated fat should turn solid in the fridge

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on October 28, 2012
at 12:58 AM

Be careful with Xanthan Gum. In some cases it is derived from Wheat. My wife is very Gluten sensitive and has reactions from products with Xanthan gum frequently if the product is not certified Gluten Free. http://foodreference.about.com/od/Food-Additives/a/What-Is-Xanthan-Gum.htm

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on October 28, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Another vote from me for Native Forest. I get the organic ones and they are great in coffee. Very creamy and mild coconut flavor

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on October 28, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Another vote from my for Native Forest. I get the organic ones and they are great in coffee. Very creamy and mild coconut flavor

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 27, 2012
at 08:33 PM

I love them too. Best I've ever tasted. I don't mind a little xanthan gum; it doesn't bother me like guar gum does. They're currently out of stock, though, boo...that sale wiped out their supply.

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on October 27, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Native Forest is pretty tasty ^_^ I get it at Giant.

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on October 27, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Definitely not So Delicious, there's plenty of threads on here complaining that it tastes as vile as its ingredients list reads.

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Aroy-D is very good though a little pricey for many.

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on October 27, 2012
at 03:01 PM

The best one is Aroy-D in my opinion, there are no thickeners in it, just coconut, and water, it is so, so good.

The only place I have found it in is the asian supermarkets. If you want to try it out, look for a can that states for cooking, or if you are using it for dessert, look for the can that says for dessert, the cans look different.

I wouldn't bother with organic, or stuff like that, coconut trees are not sprayed much anyway.

94480caec9fbbaacc386d86a45efa720

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on October 28, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Some canned Aroy-D has either gums (stabilizers) or sulfites (preservatives) in it like this one: http://www.asiansupermarket365.com/Aroy-D-Coconut-Milk-For-Cooking-p/aroydcmilkcookzjj.htm , but just read the labels because they have some cans that are simply coconut milk and water. The tetra-pak Aroy-D is awesome imho and BPA free if you can find it.

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:21 PM

If you're going for a canned version, make sure it's in a BPA free can. Two brands I know are BPA free are Native Forest and Natural Value. My favorite though is Aroy-D in the aseptic boxes (unlike what the poster above said, that brand doesn't have junk in it, just coconut milk). I buy mine by the case through Amazon.

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Aroy-D is very good though a little pricey for many.

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on October 27, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I recently discovered Wilderness Family Naturals Coconut Cream (and they have milk too) -- It is SO SO much more delicious than any brand of canned coconut milk I've tried. It seemed, it tasted fresher and more pure I guess. The only questionable ingredient is the xantham gum, which they claim is about 1/10th of 1% of the total ingredients.

http://www.wildernessfamilynaturals.com/category/coconut-products-coconut-milk.php#moreinfo

It's my new favourite, in fact, I'm going to stock up today because it's on sale :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 27, 2012
at 08:33 PM

I love them too. Best I've ever tasted. I don't mind a little xanthan gum; it doesn't bother me like guar gum does. They're currently out of stock, though, boo...that sale wiped out their supply.

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on October 28, 2012
at 03:00 AM

Good to know, Vossman, thank you!

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

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on October 28, 2012
at 12:58 AM

Be careful with Xanthan Gum. In some cases it is derived from Wheat. My wife is very Gluten sensitive and has reactions from products with Xanthan gum frequently if the product is not certified Gluten Free. http://foodreference.about.com/od/Food-Additives/a/What-Is-Xanthan-Gum.htm

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:24 PM

We are Native Forest fans at our house. I'm not thrilled with the guar gum, but I'll take it over other ingredients any day. I would avoid zanthan gum like the plague. Native Forest also promises cans that are BPA free.

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

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on October 28, 2012
at 12:56 AM

Another vote from my for Native Forest. I get the organic ones and they are great in coffee. Very creamy and mild coconut flavor

2e3477a85563d4b7159814d5f4ea57d3

(435)

on October 28, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Another vote from me for Native Forest. I get the organic ones and they are great in coffee. Very creamy and mild coconut flavor

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76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

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on October 27, 2012
at 02:36 PM

what you want is coconut milk that is canned, not the stuff in aseptic containers--that is processed, sweetened crap mostly.
check out your local ethnic markets and look at their cans of coconut milk (sometimes called coconut cream) to try to find one that only lists coconut and water as ingredients, perhaps a preservative. try to avoid brands that contain thickeners like guar gum. the best brand I have found so far is this http://www.amazon.com/Chaokoh-Coconut-Milk-13-5-Fl/dp/B0002YB404

alternatively you can make your own at home by blending shredded coconut with water and then straining it.

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7bab99c303f1e83d3d9722a414dd7b45

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on October 28, 2012
at 03:15 PM

Oh how did I forget? Let's Do Organic has a creamed coconut product that you just mix with water to make milk - it IS a bit more grainy/sandy than a canned product however the ingredients are: 100% organic coconut.

It comes in little paper boxes, in a plastic bag. (Ok, so the plastic may be an issue, chemical wise I'm sure...) So to avoid that, just buy a coconut and do it yourself!

http://www.edwardandsons.com/ldo_shop_coconut.itml

Personally I prefer it for other eating uses, not so much making milk

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 27, 2012
at 08:42 PM

The problem with most brands of coconut milk is that at some point in the distribution process, it's packaged in materials that have known estrogenic activity (EA). This includes the polyethylene material in Wilderness Family Naturals tetrapak packaging. Most other brands use BPA in the can lining. Native Forest uses BPA-free linings in its cans, but I wonder if they can vouch for the packaging materials at every point in the supply chain before it reaches their suppliers' canneries. This may be a no-win situation for everyone.

I've used Aroy-D, and I'm suspicious of the claim that it contains only coconut milk and water. Put this product in a refrigerator, and it turns solid in a few hours, something that seems impossible without the use of a thickening gum and doesn't happpen with other brands I've used. Also, their nutrition label doesn't match any other brand's labels (if you do the math make the serving size equivalent) or the USDA database's values (Aroy-D's label has values that are too low).

Native Forest might be the safest alternative, but their recent reviews on Amazon are poor, with customers complaining that the milk is inferior and greasy.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 28, 2012
at 03:13 AM

If other brands list only coconut, water, and a preservative, but they don't turn solid in the 'fridge, even though their nutrition information is consistent with the USDA database values, then what's different about Aroy-D?

76211ec5301087de2588cfe3d6bccba9

(1178)

on October 28, 2012
at 02:55 AM

if the coconut milk has a high oil content, then the saturated fat should turn solid in the fridge

A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on October 28, 2012
at 01:13 PM

In terms of solidification, I think it really matters how much fat and perhaps solids end up in the final product. Two versions made only with coconut and water could certainly contain differing amounts of fat/solids, depending on the ratio of coconut to water.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on November 05, 2012
at 01:28 AM

If Aroy-D has a high coconut:water ratio, why does their nutrition facts label show a *lower* number of calories for the same-size serving as other brands?

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