TIMESINDONESIA, JAKARTA – In order to enhance its taste and delicacy, several dishes for Eid al-Fitr 1442 H processed with a mixture of coconut milk. Opor, lodeh, to snacks such as compote or fresh drinks such as cendol ice also contain coconut milk to make it taste even better.
Unfortunately, most people think that coconut milk contains cholesterol high, so it is not recommended to be consumed by people with cholesterol and hypertension. Is it true?
Risks of Eating Coconut Milk
Apart from the saturated fat content, coconut milk has a high calorie content, which is 230 calories for every 100 grams of consumption. This means that coconut milk is not recommended to be consumed carelessly or in excessive amounts.
The risk that may occur to excessive coconut milk consumption is weight gain, aka obesity. Well, the accumulation of fat in the body due to this increase in body weight triggers various diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular problems.
Benefits and Facts
Coconut milk also contains lauric acid (lauric acid) which is a medium chain fatty acid. Can be used as an energy source, the fatty acids in coconut milk are actually still needed by the body even in small amounts.
The serving size recommended by a nutrition specialist is only a quarter to half a cup. As a substitute, you can also use fresh milk or UHT milk in cooking.
Apparently, coconut milk does not contain cholesterol at all, aka zero milligrams. In a 100 gram serving of coconut milk, there are only about 230 calories, 5.54 grams of carbohydrates, sodium, protein, polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and saturated fats. So, what is the relationship between coconut milk and cholesterol? Apparently, this is in the saturated fat content of coconut milk which is at 21 grams.
Indeed, saturated fat is not good for the body if consumed in excess. However, this nutrient content is not the same as cholesterol. Again, coconut milk has no cholesterol content, so coconut milk which causes cholesterol is just a myth. Also, the high saturated fat content in these foods has nothing to do with increasing body cholesterol.
Facts and Benefits of Consumption of Coconut Milk