Coconut milk and coconut milk-made products like yogurt or ice creams are also very popular among vegetarians and individuals with a cow’s milk allergy or dairy intolerance. Coconut milk is made by grating the meat of the coconut and collecting the liquid. Coconut milk is high in saturated fat and is an ingredient in many Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Philippines) recipes and many cuisines. Let’s remember that saturated fat is a type of fat that raises the level of total cholesterol in the blood, also containing higher calories, so moderation is key.
When dealing with children, parents who prefer coconut milk rather than cow’s milk for their children should realize that cow’s milk contains various vitamins and minerals that are essential for a child’s growth and development. Coconut milk’s is not a substitute for cow’s milk, it is lower in protein, calcium and other nutrients found in dairy milk, that could lead to nutrient deficiencies. As well, the effects of a too much coconut milk in a child is unknown. If children do consume coconut milk, they should also add other foods and beverages to their diet to complement the lack of specific nutrients.