So Delicious Coconut Milk ...not really a fan


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I was home for a little while last week and noticed all my family members had So Delicious Coconut Milk in their fridges. I admit that I was excited when this product came out because it acts a lot like real milk. It doesn't form an oily film when you put it in coffee, for example. However, unless you really need it for that, I kind of think it's a scam and not really a "real food." Also, I don't know how their food scientists modify the fat to make it act like that, it's possible that like milk homogenization, this process affects the digestibility of the final product. 

First of all, the ingredients: 

INGREDIENTS: Coconut Cream (Water, Coconut, Guar Gum), Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D-2, L-Selenomethionine (Selenium), Zinc Oxide, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12.

So it's fortified and fortified foods are questionable in my book. Vitamins you get from fortification are not the same as those in whole foods and studies have shown some questionable results. Googling any of those nutrients + fortification is illuminating. Folic acid, for example, has been tied to cancer. Some of them are harder to figure out. For example, I know that Vitain A Palmitate is a form of retinol, but not everyone knows that. Retinol supplementation has been tied to birth defects. Sorry, I prefer to get my nutrients from food, not from products

Then we have the additives. I don't like to consume foods with additives in general, though some are harmless. There are a few here that might cause GI distress and other negative effects in some people. Carrageenan, for example, was discussed on paleohacks as a potential cause of GI ulcers and cancer. Chris Kresser recently discussed why guar gum might cause stomach aches in his great article on "why coconut milk may not be your friend."

Then there is the value. 1 cup So Delicious coconut milk has only 45 calories. The coconut milk I buy has 440 calories in a cup. If I need something with less calories I can dilute it. In fact I often buy coconut cream, which has twice the calories, and dilute it into milk since a can is the same price! Either way, for extremely thinned-out coconut milk, So Delicious is rather expensive. 

Overall, I'd say this is an industrial product and not a real food. Avoid.