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Is Coconut Milk Allowed on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Hey Guys

I was just wondering if Coconut Milk is allowed on paleo?

I see so many conflicting messages regarding what is and isnt allowed, so recipes say certain things are allowed and others say strictly no! Any help or advice much welcome,

is there any recipe books you recommend?

Many thanks L

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Somebody mentioned guar gum a few posts above. Aroy-D contains Sulphur Dioxide (E220) even though it seems like the cans sold in the US don't list this. Here in Spain those same can's have the same ingredient's listed, plus a sticker on the top saying they also contain E220. Info on E220. http://www.foodreactions.org/allergy/additives/200.html

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on May 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

any references to this statement?

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:14 PM

me too Jen! all the kinds in cartons here have the additives..

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:15 PM

jen, where? link me up!

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:55 PM

I hate that word "allowed". Anything is allowed. It's whether or not you really want to be eating it, that's the question. For coconut milk, it's manna from heaven.

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on May 01, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Good luck on your journey Laura. I use riced cauliflower in place of pasta, with sauce over it.

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:58 PM

If you can't find coconut milk that suits you, use 1-2 TBSP coconut oil instead. The result will be very similar as coconut milk is super high in fat content.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I missed the earlier mention of guar gum! Thanks for setting me straight. In Canada the cartons don't appear to contain E220... interesting the differences between countries! Can you get the cartons?

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I missed the earlier mention of guar gum! Thanks for setting me straight. In Canada the cartons don't appear to contrain E220... interesting the differences between countries! Can you get the cartons?

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:36 PM

You can also get it in cartons, watch out for additives like guar gum and sulfites.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:13 AM

Yes, you'll find coconut milk is used widely. One note of caution, there's numerous 'coconut drinks' that don't contain much coconut. There's questions here already about different brands etc. or you can always make your own if you can find coconuts!

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:14 AM

yes coconut milk is allowed, the canned kind..you want to get one with no additives, sugars ect...

for cookbooks I like well fed by melissa joulwan its awesome.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 01, 2012
at 01:36 PM

You can also get it in cartons, watch out for additives like guar gum and sulfites.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

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on May 01, 2012
at 07:15 PM

jen, where? link me up!

37d8a05f489d8e979fcd5f0806dc897f

(135)

on May 02, 2012
at 01:14 PM

me too Jen! all the kinds in cartons here have the additives..

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:14 AM

yes...that is all...

okay i'll be serious, yeah coconut is great! absolutetely allowed! just make sure it's only coconut (and maybe some water). nothing squirly like added guar gum or soy lecithin. i don't know where you live but try to track down a brand called 'ayam'. it's full fat version is 82% coconut kernel extract and 18% water...nothing added.

easiest recipe that taste awesome: pork mince, can coconut milk, cinnamon, red onion. cook and eat :)

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Yes. Yes it is. Try to find one without a lot of weird ingredients if you can.

Everybody has a different idea of what "paleo" means, so there is plenty of confusion. You have to go beyond the "this isn't allowed" to the "why" behind it. The "why" may or may not apply to you.

Some of us do dairy. Some of us do white rice and potatoes. Others say those things aren't paleo - which is technically true - but you need to decide if certain foods are a problem for you or perhaps you do better including them.

Everyday Paleo and Paleo Comfort Foods are a couple of decent cookbooks. Mark Sisson's Primal Cookbook might be worth a look. And there are tons of recipes for free online and here at PH. A lot of "normal" recipes can be tweaked to be paleo with a little imagination.

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on May 01, 2012
at 11:49 AM

It most definitely is allowed, and if you listen to some folks, it sounds like it is required to you get IV drip of the stuff!

Also: cookbooks are so 20th century. A bajillion and one food blogs (a good number of them paleo) have more than enough recipes to go around. www.Chowstalker.com is a great recipe aggregator for paleo stuff.

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on May 01, 2012
at 01:38 PM

I'm surprised this hasn't come up yet: choose a product without guar gum or sulfites if you can. The guar gum disagrees with a lot of people (think diarrhea) and is a thickening agent. Arroy-d has a product available in cans and cartons, easily found at T&t grocery stores that contains only coconut milk and water.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Somebody mentioned guar gum a few posts above. Aroy-D contains Sulphur Dioxide (E220) even though it seems like the cans sold in the US don't list this. Here in Spain those same can's have the same ingredient's listed, plus a sticker on the top saying they also contain E220. Info on E220. http://www.foodreactions.org/allergy/additives/200.html

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 01, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I missed the earlier mention of guar gum! Thanks for setting me straight. In Canada the cartons don't appear to contain E220... interesting the differences between countries! Can you get the cartons?

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 01, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I missed the earlier mention of guar gum! Thanks for setting me straight. In Canada the cartons don't appear to contrain E220... interesting the differences between countries! Can you get the cartons?

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Oh wow - thanks everyone for your responses,

I was looking at coconut milk to add to a curry at the weekend, with a recipe I have seen for Cauliflower rice....Im trying to stick to Paleo 100% I am a week in and I have found that initially this was suppose to be a diet, but Im starting to realise I actually am loving this as a general way of life, this suits me so much, and now Ive actually stripped the diary, sugar and carbs out of my diet, boy am I really feeling much better for it.

You will no doubt see me stummbling around asking questions as I go, so really appreciate all you comments and advice!!!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 01, 2012
at 03:58 PM

If you can't find coconut milk that suits you, use 1-2 TBSP coconut oil instead. The result will be very similar as coconut milk is super high in fat content.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on May 01, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Good luck on your journey Laura. I use riced cauliflower in place of pasta, with sauce over it.

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Cononut milk is HIGHLY inflammatory for your digestive tract, even more than most non-paleo foods. So I'm not sure what to think of this. I try to avoid it for the same reason I avoid grains. But I'm not confident on the issue at all.

29518a2572c5fe3a851170a9b1c315f3

on May 16, 2012
at 10:23 PM

any references to this statement?

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on May 01, 2012
at 06:34 PM

any an all.. Please don't anyone become so anal about "any" diet that you question "everything". Paleo is meant to be a healthy -not afraid of real food (meat and fat)- diet and avoid things that are not so good for us..most notably altered foods and grains.

what on earth do you think will happen?? -anyone..if you eat "one" food not listed on "someones" version of Paleo.

These are human people who have their own opinions.. a big part of Paleo is "think for yourself" and don't be a sheep to government( or any diet guru) P)

keep the sugar..in all forms..low is the basic message. (although some recommend fruit -personally I do not) sugar is sugar.

OP in spite of what I post..a good question

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on May 01, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Just don't go COCONUT CRAZY like I did and gain during your whole30! I went through a couple jars of coconut butter and was pouring coconut milk on fruit and nuts w/coconut flakes. I don't know if it was the quality of what I was consuming (as some posters pointed out) or that my body just doesn't agree with those things on a daily basis, but I now only use coconut oil (I cut the fruit too and I have come back to preWhole30). I certainly love it though and use the oil liberally. Occasional use in recipes is probably fine, I would just keep an eye on how your body reacts.

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