Coconut Cream Information
Coconut cream contains nutritional ingredients, as do other coconut products. It is also a keto-friendly; dairy-free alternative to dairy cream, so decadent creamy desserts can be enjoyed without the use of dairy. The flavors of coconut cream and coconut milk are very similar; the primary difference is the consistency.
How is Coconut Cream Made?
Coconut cream is available in a canned form and contains coconut and water. To make coconut cream, first the meat of the coconut is shredded, and then it is slowly simmered in water. This method causes the meat to separate into two layers; one of which has a creamy thick consistency and the other one is thin, watery.
The thick and creamy layer is sold as coconut cream and the thinner watery portion is packaged and sold as coconut milk.
Uses for Coconut Cream
Coconut cream can be whipped into a thick, fluffy topping that mimics the traditional whipped cream. Just add sweetener to taste and you have a much healthier version of the creamy goodness. Add it to fruit smoothies for extra smooth consistency and nutrition.
Due to the high-fat content, coconut cream is helpful in making you feel satiated which prevents food binges and consuming empty calories. It is not meant to be a stand-alone food but rather to enhance your favorite dishes.
In the mornings it can be added to your tea or coffee or in a curry dish on top of steamed cauliflower. The creamy consistency and the filling meal will carry you through the morning.
Because coconut cream is creamy and can be substituted for most any dairy cream product, it is a healthy, vegan-friendly alternative to coffee creamers, half and half and whipping cream.
It delivers a variety of healthy minerals such as magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, zinc and phosphorus. It also contains beneficial forms of vitamin B, including B6, folate, and thiamin.
The coconut cream naturally contains MCFAs, of medium-chain fatty acids, which pack a punch of health to the human body. These fatty acids supply energy to the body and brain, help increase metabolism and have antifungal and antimicrobial properties that support the immune system.
The lauric acid found in coconut cream enhances cognitive functions, assists with weight loss and also destroys cancer cells. In a recent study, it was discovered that the lauric acid (which is one of the primary fatty acids that make up the MCFAs in coconut), actually sent a signal to cancer cells resulting in their self-destruction. This process has been found to work synergistically with cancer treatments to enhance positive results.
A single tablespoon of coconut cream can give a healthy boost to your daily nutritional intake and be purely delectable.
- 50 calories
- 2 grams fat
- 49 milligrams potassium
- 1 gram carbohydrate
- 3 grams fiber
- 5 grams protein
- 3 milligrams iron
- 2 milligrams magnesium
- 3 milligrams phosphorus
- 1 milligram copper
- 2 milligrams manganese
Coconut cream is keto-friendly, paleo approved food item that offers nutritional value and is useful in the kitchen for a variety of dishes.