Coconut Milk: Brands to Choose, Brands to Avoid

coconut milk: the good the ugly

If you’re a coconut milk fan, you’ll definitely want to read on!

Coconut milk isn’t just for pina coladas and Thai curries anymore, but has become one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk.

Especially since it has been fully embraced by those on the Paleo diet who love everything coconut including coconut oil and coconut water.

However, there are so many brands in our grocery stores that it can be hard to choose a brand/variety that is healthy.

Here’s some help!

Carton Coconut Milk

Silk Unsweetened Coconut Milk

silkSilk is one of the most popular and the best variety to choose is the unsweetened.

  • Unsweetened has 45 calories, 0 grams of sugar, 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein per one cup serving.
  • Original has 80 calories, 6 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fat, and < 1 gram of protein per one cup serving.
  • Vanilla has 90 calories, 9 grams of sugar, 5 grams fat, and < 1 gram of protein per one cup serving.

Coconutmilk (Filtered Water, Coconut Cream), Contains 2% or less of: Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D2), Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum.

Questionable Ingredient(s)? None

Learn more at Silk.com

So Delicious

Healthy Choice
so delicious unsweetenedThe unsweetened is the best variety of the So Delicious Brand of coconut milk.

  • Unsweetened has 45 calories, 0 grams of sugar, 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber per serving.
  • Original has 70 calories, 7 grams of sugar, 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber per serving.
  • Vanilla has 80 calories, 8 grams of sugar, 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber per serving.
  • Chocolate has 90 calories, 9 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of fiber per serving.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Milk (water, organic coconut Cream), calcium phosphate, magnesium phosphate, guar gum, xanthan gum, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D2, selenium, zinc oxide, folic acid, vitamin B12

Questionable Ingredient(s)? None

Learn more at SoDeliciousDairyFree.com

Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk Beverage

TJ's Unsweetened coconut beverage
Unsweetened Original is the way to go at Trader Joe’s.

  • Unsweetened Original has 60 calories, 5 grams of fat,
  • Vanilla has 90 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.

Ingredients: Filtered water, coconut cream, tricalcium phosphate, carrageenan, gellan gum, sea salt, natural flavors, vitamin A palmitate, ergocalciferol (vitamin D2), and cyanocobalamin (vitamin B12)

Questionable Ingredient(s)? Carrageenan

Coconut Dream

coconut dream milkEnriched Unsweetened is the way to go with Coconut Dream Coconut Milk.

  • Unsweetened has 60 calories, 5 grams of fat, < 1 gram of sugar, and 0 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.
  • Original has 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, 7 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.
  • Vanilla has 90 calories, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein per 1 cup serving.

Ingredients: filtered water, coconut cream, tricalcium phosphate, carrageenan, gellan gum, sea salt, natural flavors, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamine).

Questionable Ingredient(s)? Carrageenan

To learn more visit TasteTheDream.com.

What about Vitamin A Palmitate?

This ingredient is essentially a way to supplement vitamin A and is generally considered safe. UNLESS you already consume adequate vitamin A in your diet. (People who consume a lot of fruits and vegetables are probably getting an adequate supply.)

Vitamin A can build up in the body to toxic levels (especially synthetic forms like Vitamin A Palmitate), which can damage the liver and other organs. You may wish to avoid products with added vitamin A if you already eat a healthy diet or take a multivitamin supplement.

Canned Coconut Milk

Canned coconut milk varieties abound and the single most important thing to watch out for is BPA lined cans.

Also, canned coconut milk isn’t usually fortified with vitamins and minerals since it’s not made to mimic cow’s milk like the carton varieties are.

Trader Joe’s Canned Coconut Milk

Healthy Choice
TJ's light coconut milk canTrader Joe’s Light canned coconut milk is the brand to choose.

  • Light has 50 calories, 4 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein in a 1/3 cup serving.
  • TJ’s Coconut Cream has 170 calories, 16 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein per 1/3 cup serving

Light’s Ingredients: Coconut milk and water in a BPA-free can

Questionable Ingredient(s)? None.

Native Forest Organic

Healthy Choice
native canned coconut lightChoose their light organic coconut milk.

  • Light has per 1/3 cup serving has 45 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
  • Classic has per 1/3 cup serving has 140 calories, 15 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Milk (organic coconut, purified water, organic guar gum). BPA Free

Questionable Ingredient(s)? None.

Learn more at Edwardandsons.com.

Thai Kitchen

thai kitchen coconut milkOrganic Lite is the best Thai Kitchen variety to choose.

  • Lite has 50 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of protein per 1.3 cup serving.
  • Regular has 140 calories, 14 grams of fat, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein per 1/3 cup serving.

Ingredients: Water, coconut milk, Guar gum

Questionable Ingredient(s)? BPA lined cans

Natural Value

Healthy Choice
natural value canNatural Value’s Lite Coconut Milk is best with this brand.

  • Lite has 92 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber per 1/2 cup serving.
  • Natural’s regular has 198 calories, 18 grams of fat, 2 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber per 1/2 cup serving.

Lite’s Ingredients: Coconut extract and water in a BPA-free can

Questionable Ingredient(s)? None.

Chaokoh Coconut Milk

chaokoh canned coconutThis brand is not recommended because of the preservatives used.

Chaokah has 150 calories, 14 grams of fat, < 1 gram of sugar and 2 grams of protein per 1/3 cup serving.

Ingredients: Coconut extract, water, citric acid, and sodium metabisulfite

Questionable Ingredient(s)? Sodium Metabisulfite and BPA line cans


Useful Fact: Did you know that coconut milk is the only cow’s milk alternative that works great for use in cooked “Jello” type puddings?

Store Brands?

There are many store brands as well as less popular brands of both the carton and canned varieties of coconut milk, so use the following guidelines when choosing one of these brands.

  • Choose brands with no added sugar.
  • Choose brands without carrageenan.
  • Choose brands made with organic coconut when possible.
  • Avoid brands with BPA lined cans.
  • Avoid brands that use preservatives like sulfites.
  • Be wary of vitamin A palmitate based on your total vitamin A intake.

Final Thoughts

Coconut milk can be a healthy cow’s milk alternative for people who don’t like almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk. Also, coconut milk seems to do a better job of whitening coffee or tea than the others but with slight coconut flavor.

It’s also a great way to add flavor and good fats to recipes.

Just use the above guidance to choose the brand that will be the healthiest for you and your family.

Which brand of coconut milk do you like the best?

Be sure to check out our almond milk and our rice milk comparisons as well.

Comments

  • Daniel Wagle

    I use the So Delicious coconut coffee creamers, along with the Soy. Not together, but I alternate between the two.

    • michelle

      Soy isn’t good for you. I’d stick to coconut

      • Daniel Wagle

        Here is some evidence that soy is actually good for us. http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/debunking-anti-soy-myth.aspx Just don’t eat GMO soy or soy protein isolate. This states that there is much evidence that soy protects against breast and prostate cancer. And by the way, dairy naturally has a lot of estrogen, esp. when a cow is milked while they are pregnant, even if they are not injected with artificial hormones. This http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/04/milk-hormones-cancer-pregnant-cows-estrogen states that dairy is correlated with INCREASED risk of breast and prostate cancer. Soy is beneficial and NOT harmful in moderation, esp. non processed, non GMO soy. Fermented soy is esp healthy.

        • karen

          I believe fermented food is not a safe food to eat-
          I admire Dr. Mark Mincolla who has written books and has a radio show I listen to called “The Natural Health Show” on Sunday nights.

          • I HATE EXCITOTOXINS!

            Almost ALL of these products have EXCITOTOXINS in them. That is far more dangerous than all of the things Talked about. Please lookup Dr. Russel Blaylock. People need to understand that in coconut milk the ONLY ingredient that should be in there is coconuts (and maybe water). Any company that adds anything else to it does NOT have your best interest in mind and will compromise your health to make a buck.

          • Patrick Donegan

            fermented foods are GREAT to eat!
            and have a long history of human usage.

            and fremented soy is the only healthy way to eat it, esp for women.

  • Juhász Judit

    Hi. Can you recommend any brands in the UK?

    • Shay

      I used to get coconut milk from CHI (http://www.planetorganic.com/images/products/large/20830.jpg)

      A nutritionist told me it was one of the best brands out there another good brand is RAW Health. I used to get their coconut milk as well. I didn’t like their almond milk as it had a very sweet taste! I hope it helps.

      • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

        Looks like a great choice! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Aleksey Zhendi
    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      yes, thanks for sharing!

    • scofflaw cyclist

      That looks great. I just got one from the supermarket, I have not open it yet, it requires to be consumed within 2 days once I open the box. But I don’t know how to use up 33 fl oz in 2 days, so I have not used it yet. I’m thinking that I need to cook some coconut curry dish, and then make some coconut agar, then I’ll be able to consume 33 fl. oz in two days. Do you like Trader Joe’s coconut cream (in a can)?

  • Rose Camama

    I love coconut milk n best brand for me is Silk Coconut Milk n I enjoy drinking it anytime of the day or night.

  • John Suit

    No carrageenan in Silk “milk” products anymore. Please update this outdated article.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/carrageenan-silk-beverages-whitewave-horizon-milk_n_5692501.html

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      Have you confirmed this on the label? The article says that in soy and coconut it would be phased out in the second quarter of 2015, while other products in 2016.

      • John Suit

        No problem. Silk has updated their ingredient list on their website now too.

      • John Suit

        Whoah! I got a shocker. Here’s the rub: Silk promised to change this. On their site the ingredient list doesn’t include carrageenan. I went to my local grocery store and looked at a container in person, with an expiration date in September, 2015, and it had carrageenan in the ingredients. Looks like Silk hasn’t switched it soon enough. Sorry for the confusion.

        • JamesF

          We’ve updated our details on the page here. But I suspect you are still to see the newer product on shelves.

        • Alex Barringer

          This is exactly what I keep telling people, always and I do mean always read the ingredients list. For every product you get, even if it’s multiples in a box, take them out and read them.

          That company has had one of those mix n’ match batches before. I’ve known people to get sick because they assumed that what they read on the outside box was correct. They weren’t doing their job in reading everything.

  • Josie

    Hi I am new to all this. Which brand is lowest sugar

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      If you look above, you’ll see listings for unsweetened varieties. These would have the lowest amounts of sugar.

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      If you look at the list above there are several unsweetened varieties. These would have the lowest sugar amounts.

  • jen

    My so delicious coconut milk has carageenan in it.

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      Which specific one are you looking at at. According to their website all of them are carrageenan free.

  • Lacy

    Just went out and bought the Silk brand after reading this webpage. When looking at the ingredients at the store I noticed something called carageenan (didn’t know what that was) but didn’t think anything of it as the Silk brand was listed #1 here. Just checked this page again to be sure and now I’m confused… Some help?
    Thanks 🙂

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      Hi Lacy, I see your concern. In the USA it doesn’t contain carrageenan. https://silk.com/products/original-coconutmilk

      It must be made differently for the Canadian market. Sorry for the confusion.

      • Lacy

        OK thanks for the clarification 🙂

      • Alex Barringer

        Actually, this is incorrect. It depends on which date the product was created and which market sector it’s being sold at. Some of the northern states such as Minnesota, this does occasionally show up with “carrageenan” in it.

        This is why I constantly read the labels because at any one time they may change without warning. Most supermarkets and even co-ops don’t even bother to check it until there has been a compliant lodged with them.

    • Alex Barringer

      Carrageenan is a neuro-toxin. However, it’s extracted from an edible red seaweed (the concentration of it in the sea weed is far lower than what is used as a food additive).

      It’s used as a thickener to give you an idea of what it’s used for. Works exceptionally well for oily / greasy substances.

  • Alex Barringer

    Questionable ingredients?

    Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Sunflower Lecithin, Locust Bean Gum, Gellan Gum.

    Do you even know what that “Natural Flavor” really is? I wager to guess, no. So do your readers a favor and don’t say it’s not questionable when it really is. There is a very specific reason why they don’t tell you what that flavor is and how it’s made, because it tastes, “natural” but it’s made in a laboratory.

    So. Why is there is a lecithin in there? That’s an emulsifier but it serves another purpose, it acts as a flavor extender and a way to cheapen their actual amount of real coconut milk in the product. The various gums listed here are to make up for the inconsistency after the lecithin is added, they’re thickeners and again, extenders. These extenders and thickeners are a way for the manufacture to cheap out on you and make more money, all the while, some people can get sick from these “extenders and emulsifiers”. Let alone the “natural flavor” for which they are very reluctant to tell you what it is and how it’s made, let alone what was the original sources were.

    I reiterate. What are questionable ingredients?

    Anything that doesn’t come with the coconut water and meat, right out of the shell. Only difference between real coconut milk and cream is water, coconut cream is just cooked down coconut milk.

    The safest coconut milk on your list is the

    “Trader Joe’s Canned Coconut Milk”

    Use Google to find out how to make your own coconut milk, it’s a learning process but you will be able to can it like you do with fruits and vegetables in Mason jars.

  • Alex Barringer

    If you’re looking for better, meaning more neutral flavor in coffee, tea or hot cocoa, use young coconut milk, it has less of the flavor coconut is known for.

  • Brigitte

    Trader joes has changed their canned coconut milk once again. It is says
    organic coconut milk. It contains 48% coconut extract so iam thinking its fake. Is it?
    Also what kind of coconut milk is Starbucks using now? And is it safe? I live in southern California. Thanks

    • James

      It’s not fake, the rest will be water (and perhaps some other additives). As for Starbucks (I didn’t know they were using coconut milk?), you would have to ask at the outlet you go to.

  • Tom

    Chef’s Choice from Thailand. Got it at Asian store and is 99.997% coconut milk and water, 0.003% sodium meta sulfate. It is very rich, no need for sugars or sugar substitutes ( like corn fructose and cane sugar)) or all the various gums others have. Surprised no one mentions.

  • Dana V.

    I pretty much make my own since most store bought contain unwanted ingreds. But when I want a “cheater” coconut milk, I do buy SO Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla (in the 32 oz. purple carton). It still contains a couple ‘gums’, but this one seems to be the only one out there (that I know of) that is without carrageenan or natural flavors (an alias of msg. Natural flavors are ok if they tell you where it’s coming from). But making your own is super easy peasy (just google homemade nut milk to find the basic process). I not only make coconut milk, but I make almond, walnut, pecan, cashew, Brazil nut, hemp seed, and pumpkin seed—all of which are a staple in our house. 🙂

    • Bombshell

      do you pretty much use the same process for all the different milks?

      • Dana V.

        Yes. Same process. Again, it’s SUPER easy. Once you start, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making nut milks all along. 🙂 … and as of that last post, if I ever need a “cheater” nut milk, I use the regular SO Delicious Unsweetened (plain) that’s in the GREEN carton. Even less junk (stopped using the SO Delicious Unsweetnened Vanilla, purple carton). You can also go onto youtube and watch various videos on how to make nut milks. Sometimes having a visual helps. And if you have a juicer that can ALSO make nut milk, that makes it even easier (which is what I do now. I own the Omega VRT400).

  • ron

    Carrageenan is no longer in Trader Jo’s Coconut Beverage.

  • Araceli Puckett

    We normally buy the coconut and extract the coconut milk so that we are sure as to how is was done (since it is not that hard to do it). But as for the cold pressed ones, we normally buy the Best Coconut oil in stores.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/eclecticwhyzas Vadim

    Seems you have a problem with fat. I believe this is the biggest reason we have a weight crisis, among other things. This fat is Good for you, so I wouldn’t choose the low fat varieties of any of these.

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      Nope, we believe in and promote eating healthy fats, but they need to be in relation to a person’s TDEE.

  • Mike

    I make chicken panang quite frequently. For years I could never match the taste found in most restaurants until I started using chaokoh brand. (very creamy making the panang thicker) Since you don’t recommend this brand, what would you suggest using instead that would be healthier?

  • Angela Drucker

    My son has an intolerance to dairy. He can have some but while milk yogurt and ricotta cheese has made him have an upset stomach and throw up. I introduced him to coconut water a while ago and now use So delicious coconut milk as it’s easy to store and can last 7-10 days in fridge. His pediatrician is ok with this being the milk of choice when he turns 1 next month. Obviously fat content is not of any concern. I’m just here looking for the best kind where I won’t hurt him. He is a healthy eater.

    • Mandy Elizarraras

      My little guy has a dairy allergy. He’s been drinking silk coconut milk since he stopped breast feeding at a year. I haven’t had any problems other than someone at WIC was giving me a hard time about the amount of sugar in their original flavor. Honestly the amount of sugar is the same as the amount listed on a gallon of cow’s milk. I don’t know if maybe there’s a difference between the sugar in the cows milk from the one added to the coconut milk, but I just mix the unsweetened with the original anyway. The original is a bit too sweet. You could always go unsweetened. I wish I could have from the beginning, but we were having a hard time finding unsweetened silk a couple years ago. Now my son’s used to the flavor of the original 😔. She also mentioned something about the calcium content he would be lacking from not having cows milk. I don’t see how that would be an issue since it says right on the cartoon it has 50% more calcium than cow’s milk. I think she was just trying to push my buttons that day honestly. Anyway, he’s going to be 4 in February and he’s been drinking silk coconut milk as replacement for cow’s milk since he was 1. He eats really healthy and really well. So whatever he’s lacking from cutting out dairy he makes up for in other things in his diet. As long as your little one gets a good variety of healthy foods with loads of vitamins and minerals he should be fine without dairy. The only down side to cutting out dairy is silk is more expensive than cow’s milk and it’s been a pain in the neck to figure out how to prepare meals without dairy, but we manage. My older daughter was just telling me how people weren’t really meant to consume dairy anyway. As humans we evolved and our bodies developed an enzyme that would allow us to digest animal milk as adults. I guess some of us that have an intolerance weren’t there for that that day😉. She also mentioned that even though we’ve been told to load up on animal milk for the sake of our bones that it’s actually bad for our bones. Idk where she got her facts, but I know my tummy feels a lot better since I’ve had to cut dairy out of my diet because of my little one. Good luck mom.

  • juragan songket

    hallo … all colleagues … I am from Indonesia … is there anyone willing to work with me on this forum … I want to supply fresh coconuts for coconut milk processed in one day … I could generate tens thousands, even hundreds of thousands of grains of coconuts from farmers here .. if there is someone willing to cooperate with me … in advance of the state thailand and china has been working with me but my palm fruit inventory exceeds the number that booked thailand and china … for FB more info contact me: dakwarasjo@ymail.com … thanks all colleagues …

  • Wendy Parlapiano

    I have recently become vegetarian, as of Feb 10, 2016, I’ve noticed considerable tiredness and dark circles under my eyes, I did some research and found when not eating meat there is a lack of protein, B12, so I have been trying to eat more products with B12, I.e., Swiss cheese, yogurt, milk. I try to digest only organic products and since I have lactose intolerance I was drinking organic 1 °/° organic milk. In doing research I also found mention that coconut milk has B12, I have tried the SO unsweetened coconut milk, and I’ve also added a B12 supplement along with my D3 vitamin. I’m concerned though about the mention of synthetics and the Vitamin A acetate added to the SO coconut milk. How do I know I have the correct balance of vitamins in my diet??

    • http://www.caffeineinformer.com/ Ted

      Hi Wendy, you can track what you eat with myfitnesspal and make sure you achieve the RDA for each.

    • Patrick Donegan

      there are many people out there that can help you.
      One thing is a veggie diet can have PLENTY OF PROTEIN,
      so that is NOT really an issue. B-12 may be an issue, yet, if it shows up so soon, it is most likely not because of your intake. nutritional Yeast is one example of B-12 in food. Also – B-12 does not originate in animals. Also – consider a “parasite cleanse” to get healthy

      • Patrick Donegan

        check out Erin at Health Nut News for some great details.

    • Flo

      Wendy, The yogurt, while it has prebiotics, may still have too much lactose for you. Im lac. intol. & cant do yogurt even though I also take good pre/probiotics (a good idea to balance out GI bacteria.) pre/probiotics should be broad spectrum, 8-10 diff. Strains of bact. & live organisms, which prob. Need to be kept in fridge. Takes abt. 3 mos + to get the effects.) The dark circles & tiredness suggest possible adrenal distress which may indicate there’s still too much lactose in your diet and/or other food sensitivities. Try adding Lactase, an enzyme tab that’s widely avail. and helps digest lactose. Also, Im assuming you drink organic milk that’s not cows milk.
      The fitness tracker kind of app recommended below is a great idea. It takes a lot of homework to learn how to eat well, whatever diet you choose. Find a great health food store where they give info rather than push products. Good luck.

    • Anon

      I’ve been vegan for over a decade… the tiredness and dark circles generally have to do with a lack of exercise, vitamin D, and not eating a balanced diet.

      When most people adopt a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, at first it can be difficult, and people find themselves turning to things like mock meats and processed goods – in reality a junkfooditarian. This is not healthy and one of the fastest ways to feel the way that you do.

      So… analyze your diet and put time into your food. Take joy in cooking healthy. Lightly sprout your grains before you cook them (soak at least 24 hours… even rice!), sprout your quinoa (if you eat quinoa… it does have some huge ethics and sustainability issues around it). Take fat and sugar in moderation – do NOT subsist wholly off of dairy (especially if you’re lactose intolerant!). This is important.

      Also consider your iron sources. Do you take a supplement for iron? If not, be sure to cook with cast iron pans and eat plenty of hearty greens (kale, spinach, brocolli, collards, etc). Generally the darker and heartier the green, the higher iron content it will have. Make sure to not just up and eat regular raw kale, but rather if you want it raw, massage it before hand (I kid you not… the action of massaging your kale brings its juices out and helps to break down things in kale that prevent you from absorbing specific vitamins).

      Good luck to you! It IS do-able with a balanced diet. Please look into the nutrition of vegetarianism for a while. Also, look into your blood type as it relates to nutrition needs… some blood types can’t really exist as vegetarian (sadly).

      • Anon

        Oh… and these aps and what-not… sometimes you have to throw science out the door in favour of millenia old human habit. Eliminate preservatives and odd chemicals when you can (anything that you aren’t aware of where it came from on the ingredients list). Study other cultures’ foods… study what people have eaten for centuries. Learn about your food. Don’t rely on an Application to tell you what to eat and what not to eat… actually go out and immerse yourself in LEARNING. This is a bold move you have embarked upon, and the best way is always intellectual immersion.

        • Jay

          I totally agree…learning is the key to being healthy. It is not that difficult to figure out that we shouldn’t be eating most of the food in grocery stores today.

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  • http://www.thecolormage.com/ thecolormage

    Great note about the Vitamin A! Using an app does help track those levels!

  • Maura

    Thank you, so much! I’ve switched to natural coconut milk for my coffee and some recipes. Some of the store brands have additional additives and I was unsure about Silk and SO. However, I find the canned coconut milk is so much more enjoyable and tastes more natural to me. I’m always leary of the mass produced and heavily marketed brands.

  • http://myanimelist.net/profile/deathbyglitter deathbyglitter

    I wish I could find a box of coconut milk that just has water and coconut as the ingredients. I’m so excited to try the Trader Joe’s Canned Coconut Milk though! Until I can get a new blender to make my own this is the one I’m hopeful for! I love coconut milk (and coconuts in general!). I’m on a histamine restricted diet and I’m also vegan (though I have confirmed psycho allergies to most animal products). My diet is pretty rigid so it makes me super happy to find lists like this that help me find new products that are viable for me! Thank you so much! <333

    • Donald Chump

      use the packet of hard block coconut, simmer in water, sieve then chill – nothing in it but 100% coconut!

      • Bombshell

        where do you get this?

  • Bombshell

    I’m just coming across this because I’m trying to figure out if using lecithin in my homemade coconut milk is a good idea. I wanted to try sunflower lecithing unless there is another non-soy alternative. I like making my own milk but it always separates so I’m hoping that this will help to keep it creamy! I don’t like the store alternatives because they fortify with calcium and it tastes so chalky to me!

  • panettonea2

    I think you’re a bit too kind about the vitamin A. In addition, vitamin D2 is also a real problem. From another Web site:

    Large doses of natural vitamin A are well tolerated by the body as
    established by researchers decades ago, however. Traditional diets
    contain 10 times or more of the RDA of this nutrient with no ill effect.
    However, synthetic vitamin A is associated with birth defects and bone
    fractures. It has no benefit in the diet whatsoever.

    The second really bad additive in these organic cartons of coconut milk and
    almond milk is Vitamin D2. Vitamin D2 is a form of the wonder vitamin
    that you should take great pains to avoid.

    In all known cases of Vitamin D toxicity where the dose was intentional, Vitamin D2 was the culprit. By comparison, Vitamin D3 is much less toxic and requires an enormous or even an accidental dose to produce any toxic effect.