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Kara coconut milk

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I am new to this forum and planning to start my first Whole30 on Monday.

My usual brand of coconut milk is Kara, widely available in the UK and with the following ingredients:

Ingredients: Filtered water, Coconut milk 8.4%, Grape juice concentrate, Calcium phosphate, Emulsifier: Sucrose ester, Sea salt, Colour: Natural carotene, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12Hi

I've searched in previous topics but the only other reference seems to be to the chocolate variety which is clearly not compliant. Does the emulsifier rule this one out, too? I know small amounts of fruit juice concentrate are acceptable.

Many thanks,

Alison

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Hi Alison,

Nope the Kara c.milk is not compliant, too processed and the sucrose ester.

Use the stuff in the tins, guar gum is an acceptable additive in these.

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Yeah, Derval is a good go-to for things in the UK, at least those that aren't going to differ between Ireland and and jolly Old. :) Like what Lara Bars are called there (is it Pure Bars, Derval?)

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Hi Alison

Just wanted to say hello. I'm new to this as well, I started this monday. I live in Scotland so know the difficulties of sourcing stuff over here. The Ethical Superstore www.ethical superstore.com sells 2 types of organic coconut milk in cans without any of the nasty stuff. I believe they're near Newcastle but they do great delivery.

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Thanks, all. I'm using the tinned stuff. Waitrose essential is my favourite so far - I've tried Biona but it tastes a bit odd, kinda fishy, sometimes. None of it tastes good in coffee, sadly.

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Sorry for digging up this topic but I'm also a brit and having a nightmare finding compliant coconut milk in the shops. Tesco don't seem to stock the chakoh brand where I live and tried a local "organic" shop but they only had the blue dragon verity which has heaps of E numbers! Sainsbury's have an organic one called Kingfisher, ingredients: Organic Coconut Extract (60%), Water, Stabiliser: Guar Gum

I know guar gum is ok but not sure what "stabiliser" is?

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Hi, it's ok, it means the guar gum is used as a stabiliser in the coconut milk. I get one online from the Ethical Superstore in Gateshead, it's got exactly the same ingredients, so enjoy

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Shoot. I just realised that the Kara milk is non-compliant and I have been having it in my coffee (about a couple of tbsp worth) for the last week. Do I need to start over?

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Hi all I'm from the UK too and get my coconut milk from the International Stores (not sure whether these are just local to me or not but they stock lots of Asian and Indian spices and veg).  The brand I get is called Top-Op and the ingredients are listed as just coconut milk and water.  I've tried lots of different brands and this is the nicest tasting one with the best, creamy consistency and it's generally cheaper than the supermarkets.

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So we can eat Nak'd bars? I haven't had these for ages but I love them. Used to buy the selection box online :) *runs off to google nak'd bars*

 

Hi Sharyn,

 

I don't believe Nak'd bars are whole30 compliant. I think the focus is on whole foods without any processing. Better to have the nuts and dried fruit themselves than processed into a bar. 

 

Just waiting for a second opinion!

 

Karyna

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Hi Sharyn,

 

I don't believe Nak'd bars are whole30 compliant. I think the focus is on whole foods without any processing. Better to have the nuts and dried fruit themselves than processed into a bar. 

 

Just waiting for a second opinion!

 

Karyna

 

I think you may be right Karyna. I got as far as their website and thought 'hang on a mo, this ain;t right!!' and I decided against them. 

*feeling virtuous* 

 

Sharyn :)

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Hi all I'm a newbie from the UK.

This is my first visit to the forum and I am planning on starting Whole 30 in a week, after a birthday trip to Helsinki next weekend. I was recommended this plan by Sharyn from Exeter.

Wish I'd realised that Blue Dragon coconut milk isn't Whole30 friendly before I sucummbed to buying 3 tins for £3 ( it's usually £1.99 a tin) Will try & source some of the recommended ones.

 

Ruthie

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Hi Ruthie - good to see you x

 

In Sourcing Good Food there is a thread about sourcing in UK - worth a look and a good place to share if you find anything. Once you get the book you'll be set to shop and read labels :)

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