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Today, friends, I bring you a very special episode of Scoffing at Dumb Things. I’ve covered Things that Don’t Exist, I’ve had Fun at the Greengrocer, and I’ve even had a Supermarket Comedy Hour – all executed with my tongue jammed unwaveringly into my cheeky cheek; but today I want to talk about something quite serious. Something insane, in fact. You might even call it completely coco-nuts.
In doing “Kitchen Audits” in my Nutritional Therapy practice, I often see folks who have purchased coconut products to replace their dairy (or non-dairy). It’s a well-intentioned attempt to be healthier using one of the most popular health foods out there – coconut. Coconut is ABSOLUTELY a health food (not to mention an increasingly “politically correct” fat source).
Any time a NEW craze begins – particularly with a whole, healthy food like coconut, the adulterations begin. Case in point:
Polysorbate 80? Propylene Glycol Alginate? These are ingredients you wouldn’t find under my kitchen sink, let alone in my digestive system. Anything industrially useful is likely digestively feckless. (Yeah, I said feckless. What’s it to ya?)
Where the above “cream of coconut” is a total junk-bomb of inexcusable crap, the So Delicious coconut creamer is a junk-rubber-band-snap of unnecessary crud.
Here’s my point: our food system is totally industrialized. Even so-called “Health Foods” are generated with a profit-first mentality. It’s buyer beware, whether we’re talking white bread, candy bars or dairy-free coconut-based creamer for your organic, ethically-sourced espresso roast.
So what’s the solution? Read labels. Or, better yet, make your own coconut milk! It couldn’t be easier. Get some dried, unsweetened coconut, put a scoop in the blender, cover with hot water, blend and strain. Or make it slightly more difficult and start with a whole coconut, as I did in this old-school post. If you want coconut cream, there are plenty of brands that’ll satisfy: Artisana and Tropical Traditions come to mind.
Other coconut tips?