Coconut Yoghurt I love you…

Coconut yoghurt is such a luxurious food that is so versatile for me. From dessert to mains I can add this in for both and best of all it’s healthy! It’s full of satiating fats, probiotics and has a velvety creamy and smooth texture.

I was lucky enough to get an interview with the owners from purenfree coconut yoghurt. They make the best flavours I’ve ever had and are at my favourite organic farmer’s market – Northey Street City Farm. They give some really good tips on how to use it in recipes which we share in this video.

Facts you’ll love

Did you know that 75% of the world population lose their ability to digest milk after infancy? Only 25% can digest milk and are labelled “lactase persistent.” Fortunately, there are dairy-free alternatives, like coconut yoghurt.

Coconut yoghurt is made by adding live bacteria cultures to coconut milk, which ferment some of the carbohydrates, producing acid which is responsible for yoghurt’s texture and tang. N.B. Coconut milk is the fluid pressed from the white coconut flesh, with water added.

 Top 7 health benefits of coconut yoghurt

1. Probiotics

Eating this is a great way to consume probiotics which balance out the microflora (bacteria) in the gut, keeping the bad bacteria under control. This reduces illnesses like inflammation (as in IBS), gas, diarrhoea and a long list of yeast infections.

2. Saturated fats

One average serving contains 4.5g of the only saturated fats that are essential for health. Much of the saturated fat is medium-chain triglycerides which help to control weight, reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and boost immunity (1). The fat is also known to reduce belly fat (2).

3. Fiber

One 6oz serving of unsweetened coconut yoghurt provides about 6g of fibre, i.e. 24% of a woman’s daily allowance for fibre. If you add fruits, the amount of fibre varies with the type of fruit used.

4. Sodium and Sugar

Unsweetened coconut yoghurt contains no sugar and very little sodium. So it is healthy in that regard. You can also add it to smoothies on top – here are some smoothie recipes you might like

5. Calcium and Magnesium

An average serving contains 25% to 30% of the daily allowance of calcium and magnesium. Calcium is essential to bone health while magnesium is essential for muscle health.

coconut yoghurt smoothie

6. Vitamins

Six ounces provides 25%-30% of the daily allowance of vitamin B12 which is essential for red blood cell production. It also provides 25%-30% of vitamin D daily needs (1).

7. Antioxidants

 Coconut yoghurt provides us with antioxidants similar to those found in berries, dark chocolate and grapes.

Also make sure you read the labels when buying coconut yoghurt so there are no hidden nasties and please share your recipes and the many ways you like to use coconut yoghurt too!

References
1. Sara Ipatenco, The Advantages of Coconut Yogurt, http://www.livestrong.com/article/492454-is-yogurt-better-than-milk/ 2. Cynthia Sass, Yogurt 101, http://www.shape.com/blogs/weight-loss-coach/yogurt-101

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