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Coconut Milk....Goup debate...need help clearing this issue up!


bgubbins242

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Hi, 

 

We are currently doing a whole30 and Workout challenge at our box, we are pushing through....however one item keeps popping up....

 

COCONUT MILK....is it allowed ...it has sugar on the Nutritional facts..but none on the Ingredients.

 

The way I understand it is as follow's;

 

As long as the ingredients dont have any added sugar, in any other name or form it is ok, even if the nutritional Facts says it has 1g of sugar per serving, providing that it does not have sulfates and carrageenan etc.

 

what are your views?

 

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As long as the ingredients dont have any added sugar, in any other name or form it is ok, even if the nutritional Facts says it has 1g of sugar per serving, providing that it does not have sulfates and carrageenan etc.

 

 

 

You are correct.  If all ingredients listed are compliant with the rules, the coconut milk product is compliant. 

It's added sugar and sweetener that's out for a Whole30, which is why we tell you to read every single ingredient list.

The ingredients list rules over the nutritional label on a Whole30.  If a product doesn't have any sugar or sweetener in the ingredient list but indicates some amount of sugars in the nutritional label, that means it has naturally occurring sugar. Naturally occuring sugar is allowed on a Whole30.

 

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If they're still all "but it says there's sugar", then you can encourage them to look at something like a can of diced tomatoes where the only ingredients are tomatoes and salt or a can of carrots with an ingredients list of carrots, water, and salt. These items will list sugar on the nutrition panel too because they're naturally occurring  :)  Sometimes folks need more examples

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Make sure you're reading the ingredients correctly though, some companies put some ingredients in smaller writing, separated from the others with a prefix like "containing less than 2% of".... (this kind of labelling is illegal in Australia). This label technique is entirely intended to trick you, whether it's legal or not.

 

A lot of people find canned coconut products to have cleaner ingredients (over ones in boxes or cartons).

 

We're lucky enough to get pure coconut milk and cream here, with no additives. Ayam brand: http://ayam.com/coconut-regular/350-coconut-milk-270ml.html

No sugar in the ingredients (nothing but coconut and water), but it contains some natural sugar in the nutrition panel, as well as protein and other things :)

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