I live in Australia and I have two choices available to me: Aroy-D coconut milk and Ayam coconut milk
Aroy-D coconut mik pros: all natural ingredients (60% coconut, water), BPA free cardboard carton, cheap price ($2.50/L).
Concerns: Product is made in Thailand. I'm Asian so I know that food standards aren't the best in Asian countries.. I'm suspicious that Aroy-D contains hidden ingredients.. The reason I say this is because 1) the coconut milk is perfectly smooth and fluid, it doesn't separate into water and cream, which suggests that a stabilizer has been added. 2) It doesn't taste quite right, it doesn't have a strong coconut smell or flavour. 3) I got sick from it, although I can't be certain that Aroy-D was the culprit, I ate a lot of things at the same time. 4) The price is extremely cheap. How can they make 1 Litre of coconut milk for $2.50? (For Americans - 1 L = 1/4 gallon).
Ayam coconut milk pros: all natural ingredients (80% coconut, water), excellent taste, Australian company
Concerns: Product comes in a can with BPA lining. Although Ayam says "We have tested the level of migration into the coconut milk and cream and no BPA was detected. The test used had a detection limit of 0.5 mg/kg." This doesn't mean that there wasn't any BPA in the milk, just that it was below the test's detection limit. That is quite a high limit too, considering that the migration limit set by EU directive is 0.6 mg/kg.
Which one would you choose?
asked bykiwiinoz (0)
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on December 30, 2013
at 06:03 AM
Aroy uses a high heat pasteurization process on the tetra pak coconut milk to give it a long shelf life. They don't add anything. So base your decision with some facts in hand. http://www.templeofthai.com/food/coconut-milk/aroy-d-small
on December 29, 2013
at 07:30 PM
i used to buy aroy d and it's good for making yogurt and kefir. it isn't possible to separate the water and cream so i have to agree with you. i've tried it with many boxes of the milk and cream in the fridge and it NEVER works. i have switched the natural value and it separates even just sitting in the pantry.
i have not used ayam so i can't give an opinion on that.
on December 29, 2013
at 03:01 PM
Go with personal taste preferences.
I've reversed my opinion on BPA recently, there's not enough data out there on it to support the level of scaremongering.
I've found that all Thai sourced coconut products are top-notch. Paranoia over "hidden" ingredients is just that… paranoia.