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Coconut milk--what's the deal with regular versus light?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Hey, everyone! I wanted some more information about the coconut milk debate. Does light versus regular really matter? Is the light version really just watered down regular coconut milk? If I am trying to watch calories (well, not me, but in cooking for my boyfriend), then is the light okay to use? If I have regular can I just add water to make it "light"? A lot of questions, but whatever insight you can provide, I will be extremely appreciative to hear.

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:03 AM

^^^^^yep, this.

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:01 AM

coconut milk is generally not sweetened. the "cream" for cocktails is, but that's not usually "light". any carbs added are from the gross guar gum or whatever filler; that's ususally minimal,like 2 per serving or something.

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on September 13, 2012
at 02:57 AM

sorry but "fat reduced" = "water enhanced". there is no such thing as coconut milk in a natural state. it's coconut meat mixed with water. the butter-cream-milk-light spectrum is a matter of H2O content (and grind -- butter is grainier). the ideal coconut/water ratio is the one you like the most. it's not magic. bummer brands add fillers to thicken or emulsify it. (most do this even for non-light -- it's cheaper for them, of course.)

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:36 PM

light coconut milk is just watered down regular coconut milk. If you want more milage on a dollar basis, and you like light coconut milk better, then buy the regular stuff and add water for more servings of light coconut milk per dollar spent.

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on September 13, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Light coconut milk is fat reduced. Check the label. It is not watered down. There should be no added carbs or sugars. However the ratio of fat to carbs will be altered.

C0d44d0c62dcf60e8a80ae21411ddeb9

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on September 13, 2012
at 02:57 AM

sorry but "fat reduced" = "water enhanced". there is no such thing as coconut milk in a natural state. it's coconut meat mixed with water. the butter-cream-milk-light spectrum is a matter of H2O content (and grind -- butter is grainier). the ideal coconut/water ratio is the one you like the most. it's not magic. bummer brands add fillers to thicken or emulsify it. (most do this even for non-light -- it's cheaper for them, of course.)

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:12 PM

In most cases, when light or 'low-fat' are options, the fat is replaced with carbs and/or sugars. Saturated fats are removed, therefore denying you of their benefits.

C0d44d0c62dcf60e8a80ae21411ddeb9

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on September 13, 2012
at 03:01 AM

coconut milk is generally not sweetened. the "cream" for cocktails is, but that's not usually "light". any carbs added are from the gross guar gum or whatever filler; that's ususally minimal,like 2 per serving or something.

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on September 12, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Full fat Coconut is full of good calories from saturated fat. Instead of lowering calories, lower the amount of carbs/sugar when you cook for your boyfriend. Those are what matter more.

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