One cup of coconut milk (let’s not even mention coconut cream!) has almost the same calories as a big cheese omelette. Here’s why it’s no weight loss food.
I know what you’re doing.
You’re having a little conversation with yourself. You’re bargaining.
“All right,” you say. “Your previous post convinced me that coconut is the opposite of a weight loss food. I’ll give that up. But surely I can keep my coconut milk, my precious.”
I feel your pain.
In my book, coconut red curry with Thai basil is one of the most delicious of all possible foods. I am also partial to this coconut curry red lentil soup.
So I know how disappointed you will be to find out that that coconut milk gets 90% of its calories from fat.
When it comes to losing weight, there’s only one important thing to know about foods with high fat content: fat has more calories than any other macronutrient. So avoid fatty foods! (The other two macronutrients are protein and carbohydrates.)
In the case of coconut milk, just one cup of the heavenly liquid contains 445 calories. That’s almost as many as the 460 calories in a 13-oz. serving of a cheese omelette.
What About Coconut Cream?
Canned sweetened coconut cream is even worse for weight loss! Like all creams, it has more concentrated fat than its milk counterpart. A single cup of coconut cream has 1045 calories – more than two big cheese omelets.
What You Can Do Today
The best thing to do for weight loss is to give up coconut milk entirely, until you lose the weight you want to lose and stabilize yourself on a healthy, lower-calorie diet. Then, you can slowly work occasional treats like coconut milk back into your recipes.
This article focuses on coconut milk. If you are like me and love coconut, you may also want to read my other articles, on coconut meat, coconut oil and coconut butter.