So Delicious coconut milk? More like So Confused!


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I need advice! My husband and I are starting the Whole30 on 1/1/13 and we just bought some coconut milk to try it out. But when I looked at the brand my hubby got, So Delicious Unsweetened coconut milk, there is carrageen and guar gum in it. It seemed unPaleo, but I'm not sure so I googled. Turns out it isn't Paleo, but I also read in a couple places that BPA from canned foods can leach into fatty foods, like coconut milk.

So what do I do? Is So Delicious OK? Should we buy canned coconut milk and dilute? Should I make homemade from coconut flakes? Thanks!

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There are lots of compliant canned coconut milks out there, but anything with carageenan is out. Reread the Whole30 guidelines to see the three additives that are never okay. Guar gum is an okay additive.

Coconut milk fits Paleo guidelines. BPA is an issue, but not all cans are a problem. The only compliant coconut milk you are likely to find comes in cans. The stuff that comes in a carton is not okay due to the host of additives in it.

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Try making it yourself, there are lots of recipes and videos to help you. Lovely thing is it's much cheaper, you can make it to the thickness you like (after some experimentation), and you know exactly what's in it.

I made my first batch yesterday and it was very simple; trying it in a recipe tonight.

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It's a mixture of shredded coconut (fresh or dried), either soaked in water and blended, or just blended, and then you can strain through a butter cloth. It's very, very easy. Can't believe how long I looked for a brand with no rubbish in it and then found I could do it myself at a fraction of the price and without worrying about what's in it. It lasts about 4-5 days in the fridge too (and the cream rises to the top, so be good to figure out what delicious things I can do with that!).

Got the Well Fed book, am clarifying own butter, making own mayo and now coconut milk.....yay!

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Thanks for the heads up re the BPA. I opened a small tin of a different brand of coconut milk the other day and it tasted really metallic and bitter, I had to taste it twice as it didnt taste rancid, just wrong... so I threw it out. Now I am thinking it was probably leached BPA. Thank goodness my supermarket stocks a cheap coconut and water only can

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