What’s In Your Coconut Milk?

I’m one of those people who consider coconut milk something of a staple.  I’ve been known to travel with it for use in hotel/restaurant coffee.  Until recently, I had to choose between the brands in BPA-free cans and the ones without problematic additives like guar gum and carrageenan.

Estrogenic activity from BPA has been linked to diabetes, ADHD, endocrine problems, heart disease, infertility and cancer.  Guar gum and carrageenan have been associated with a variety of digestive issues, and more than a trace of guar makes my tummy unpleasantly gurgly.

Great news:  Natural Value has finally brought to market a canned coconut milk free of all these things, and if you live near Madison you can get it at the Willy Street Co-op!  (I may have a had a little tiny bit to do with this.)  It’s been available for a while by mail, but I’m happy I can now get it at the grocery store!


Since it’s just organic coconut and water, it’s not as inexplicably smooth as the other canned milks – more like homemade, actually.  Delicious coconutty taste, nice fat content, and well worth a little extra stir to avoid those extra chemicals.



Chris Kresser on avoiding toxins

Someone recently asked me to recommend a basic book on Paleo, and I hesitated because it’s hard to single one out as the “best” starting place for everyone. Any of the titles on my books page would be a fair introduction. Had I read this article, though, I’d be tempted to say “start here– then pick a book.” This may be the most concise summary I’ve seen of the top level bullet points. I’m becoming a big fan of Chris Kresser lately, and this is some of his finest work:

Beyond Paleo: Don’t Eat Toxins, by Chris Kresser