Lettuce discuss… Store bought coconut milk and the damage it can cause to your body and health.
Firstly, coconut milk in cartons even if it states its organic 100% coconut milk can come with an array of different additives even SYNTHETIC vitamins. It is always wise to look at the ingredient list on the package whether it’s a carton or a can to see what’s in it.
Here are just a few random ingredients we have seen ourselves.
Guar Gum, yes this is a natural product but it does come with its own side effects which we wanted to show, This can increase gas production, cause loose stools and diarrhea. You shouldn’t take this if you are breast feeding. It can also elevate your blood glucose levels so take caution if you are diabetic.
Vitamin A Palmitate (synthetic vitamin) is found in store bought cartons, while naturally occurring Vitamin A is fine. However the SYNTHETIC versions can prove to be Toxic over time. The Organic Consumers Association warms, “Isolated Vitamins such as those produced SYNTHETICALLY cannot be recognized or metabolized by the body in the same way as the natural version”. Large doses of SYNTHETIC Vitamin A are associated with birth defects and fractures of the bones. There is no dietary benefit to this Synthetic Vitamin whatsoever.
Vitamin D2 (Synthetic vitamin), this is manufactured by the irradiation of yeast. It is dangerous to add this to food. Especially if this is given to children, the toxicity symptoms would be apparent even at low doses.
Carrageenan, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae. This is also toxic and can cause inflammation of the digestive tract. It is so toxic it has even been classified as a carcinogen by “The International Agency for Research on Cancer”
Bisphenol A (BPA). We also have to be mindful when buying these cartons and cans. Check that they are BPA free. There are possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
Now we’ve discussed the ingredients Lettuce Discuss… Coconut milk intolerances.
If you have a food intolerance and or allergy to tree nuts pine nuts, bezel nuts, peanuts, hazel nuts, and walnuts the protein structure in coconut milk is very similar. It would them be more likely that you would have an intolerance and or allergy to coconut milk. It does not follow that you would be allergic or intolerant to the coconut water (the clear liquid inside the nut) or coconut oil as these are taken not from the white part inside the coconut.
The symptoms of intolerance can be quite common and are stomach pain, cramping, bloating, leaky gut, and other stomach related symptoms. You could also have asthma, hives, and other skin related disorders.
Here is a complete list, this does not mean you will get them just that you may have one or two.
Abdominal pain (stomach cramps)
Anaphylaxis (causing heart to stop) VERY rare
Angioedema (swelling) of the face
Angioedema (swelling) of the lips
Angioedema (swelling) of the throat
Angioedema (swelling) of the tongue
Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
Diarrhoea / diarrhea
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
Insomnia (disturbed or lack of sleep)
Low blood pressure
Pruritus (itch) of the eyes
Pruritus (itch) of the mouth
Redness around lips
Rhinitis (nasal congestion)
Intolerance is different from an allergy. With intolerance the symptoms or effects occur within hours or days after ingestion. An allergic reaction will happen immediately. If you are intolerant to coconut milk stop drinking it and all derivatives immediately.
Be warned though if you have a chronic long-term reaction, it can take as long as 2 years for the effects to stop i.e. hives can brake out randomly.
We have included a list below of the coconut flesh (white part) derivatives.
1 2 Octanediol – A coconut derivative
2 Phenoxyethanol – A coconut derivative
Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate – A coconut derivative
Capryl glycol – A coconut derivative
Caprylic acid – A coconut derivative
Caprylic glycol – A coconut derivative
Ceteareth-20 – A coconut derivative
Cetearyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative
Cetearyl Glucoside – A coconut derivative
Ceteth-20 Phosphate – A coconut derivative
Cetyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative
Cetyl Esters – A coconut derivative
CIALIS® (tadalafil) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Cocamide DEA – A coconut derivative
Cocamide MEA – A coconut derivative
Cocamide sulphate – A coconut derivative
Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A coconut derivative
Cococaprylate/Caprate – A coconut derivative
Coir (matting) – Contains coconut husks
Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Deconsal (Guaifenesin) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Disodium Cocamphodiprop – A coconut derivative
Emusifying Wax – A coconut derivative
Glyceryl Caprylate – A coconut derivative
Hexyl Laurate – A coconut derivative
Isopropyl Myristate – A coconut derivative
Laureth-3 – A coconut derivative
Lyrica (pregabalin) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Olefin Sulfonate – A coconut derivative
Organic Sodium Cocoate – A coconut derivative
PEG – 7 Glyceryl Cocoate – A coconut derivative
PEG -100 – A coconut derivative
Phenoxyethanol – A coconut derivative
Polysorbate 20 – A coconut derivative
Robaxin (methocarbamol) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Sodium Cocoate – A coconut derivative
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – A coconut derivative
Sodium Laureth Sulfate – A coconut derivative
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinat – A coconut derivative
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A coconut derivative
Sodium Stearate – A coconut derivative
Sorbitan Stearate – A coconut derivative
Stearyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative
Sucrose Stearate – A coconut derivative
Vegetable Cetearyl Glucos – A coconut derivative
Vegetable Glycerine – A coconut derivative
Vibra-Tabs® (doxycycline hyclate) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate
Witcamide – Another name for coconut diethanolamide
Many Thanks and Bless you.
Mako & Hema