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So Delicious Coconut Milk - acceptable milk alternative for kids?

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Created June 30, 2012 at 4:29 PM

My two year old is ending his toddler formula stage and we are contemplating giving him coconut milk for calcium and fat intake versus whole cow's milk. Any thoughts on this approach (we live in an urban environment and don't have access to raw milk or goat's milk, etc.) or specifically on the merits of the So Delicious unsweetened drink as a substitute?

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at 12:06 AM

I upvoted it for you. I don't know that much about childrearing, but I think it's a terrible idea to substitute random white liquids for real milk. Just because it's white doesn't mean it's milk.

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on June 30, 2012
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If raw milk makes you nervous, kefir is an excellent choice; the kefir culture is very good at destroying competing bacteria like listeria and campylobacter.

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on June 30, 2012
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Sorry for the caps; copied and pasted from SD's website.

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on June 30, 2012
at 11:12 PM

WFN also adds a touch of cane juice. Just a smidgen.

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:52 PM

AROY-D is also good, without guar gum and in addition to the cans, they sell tetrapaks (not BPA) in 33 oz and 8 oz sizes.

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I *am* a parent, and wish I could upvote this one more than once.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on June 30, 2012
at 08:57 PM

Absolutely better than store-bought cow's milk. Better than other replacements like soy and almond milk.

Not ideal, like others mentioned, due to the additives. However, still beneficial because most of the calories are from the fat.

If you can find coconut milk with just coconut and water, that's ideal. Tough to find, especially in any conventional store. Even tough to find in health food stores.

What I've noticed with most kids though is a lack of fat. Kids need fat more than anyone. If there is a way to get some healthy fats from coconut into kids, I'd be all for it compared to many of the marketed alternatives.

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:43 PM

Not a parent, but I would definitely give a child whole cow's milk (assuming grassfed and preferentially raw) over coconut milk, especially the watered-down So Delicious product, any day of the week. I think WAPF has some interesting formula recipes. Check it out.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

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on June 30, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I *am* a parent, and wish I could upvote this one more than once.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on July 01, 2012
at 12:06 AM

I upvoted it for you. I don't know that much about childrearing, but I think it's a terrible idea to substitute random white liquids for real milk. Just because it's white doesn't mean it's milk.

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on June 30, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I have 3-year-old twins, and I have chosen to give my boys whole milk, whole milk yogurt, raw cheese, butter, cream, and high-quality coconut milk. The so delicious coconut milk is heavily processed with lots of additives. It's also heavily watered down. I don't think it's a good product at all. I get pure coconut milk or coconut cream and use that for cooking and smoothies. I also will water it down a little for a beverage. I personally believe that young mammals need real milk. My milk supply dried up early and I never could exclusively breast feed. The WAP infant formulas are great if your child is no longer nursing but is still young enough to nurse (or to supplement nursing). Also, goat's milk is better tolerated by some kids if that's an issue. But if your child does well on cow's milk, I personally would allow him to have some whole milk and especially whole milk yogurt. Also, you may be able to find raw milk cheese products and yogurt in the city, even if you can't find raw milk. They are sold in a low of urban areas in health food stores (plus, most imported cheese are made from raw milk even if they don't specify it.)

Good luck.

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on June 30, 2012
at 04:54 PM

There's been several threads on Paleohacks complaining about both the list of ingredients of the So Delicious products (all appear to be fairly heavily processed) and the rather horrid gummy taste that I couldn't see it really being a viable alternative.

Straight coconut milk / coconut cream (especially if you can find one without guar gum - Mae Ploy and Chaokoh look to be the best of the canned selection) are great flavor-wise and provide coconut oil in a more drinkable form than straight coconut oil.

As far as calcium is concerned, cow's milk and supplements aren't the best choices anyways, the calcium isn't readily absorbed. Best choices for bio-available calcium comes back to real foods, Mark's Daily Apple recommends:

Get your calcium from alkaline-forming foods like leafy greens, nuts, broccoli, sweet potatoes and calcium-rich fish like wild salmon and sardines.

As for infant formula, even if you can't get raw milk, looking at the Weston A Price infant formula recipes (1 and 2) is worthwhile because they explain what macro ratios and vitamins you should be focusing on.

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on June 30, 2012
at 07:52 PM

AROY-D is also good, without guar gum and in addition to the cans, they sell tetrapaks (not BPA) in 33 oz and 8 oz sizes.

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on June 30, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Wilderness Family Naturals has a coconut milk and cream with just coconut and xantham gum in it. Still not completely perfect, but a lot better than the stuff you get from So Delicious. It tastes great and comes in a litte juice box container.

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on June 30, 2012
at 11:12 PM

WFN also adds a touch of cane juice. Just a smidgen.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on June 30, 2012
at 11:15 PM

So Delicious contains synthetic vitamins: VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D-2, FOLIC ACID.

I'd avoid it for that reason alone. Carrageenan is also an irritant/allergen to some.

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on June 30, 2012
at 11:15 PM

Sorry for the caps; copied and pasted from SD's website.

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on June 30, 2012
at 10:39 PM

if you want to avoid cow dairy, try goat milk or mix canned coconut milk with enough water to make it drinkable. and it's awesome parents care about their kids nutrition. good luck!

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on June 30, 2012
at 09:59 PM

I would culture whole milk kefir if I was you an that would be the next best thing after raw milk.It will give your child long term immunity.Also plenty of butter and raw cheese if you can find some.I wouldn't bother with processed coconut milk.How about coconut water for beverage.I grew up drinking unsweetened cultured milk products and never had straight milk.So I don't crave it or need it.It's about what you get used to.Why do you want to give your kid plain milk,what purpose would it serve.Unless you give him cold cereal,which is a bad idea anyway

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on June 30, 2012
at 11:18 PM

If raw milk makes you nervous, kefir is an excellent choice; the kefir culture is very good at destroying competing bacteria like listeria and campylobacter.

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on January 29, 2013
at 02:44 AM

Coconut milk is easy to make at home, and lots cheaper, too. Here is an easy recipe:http://wholenewmom.com/whole-new-budget/easiest-coconut-milk-recipe-improved/

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