Have you tried Starbucks new Coconut Milk yet?

If you have you need to read this. If not, you’ll want to hold off.

Would you believe if I told you it’s just another sham in the world of food appearances you can’t trust?

It might be okay if this “coconut milk” was just a watered down version of it’s namesake, but that’s far from the truth.

The Truth
Water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin d2.

“Carrageenan predictably causes inflammation, which can lead to ulcerations and bleeding,” explains veteran carrageenan researcher Joanne Tobacman, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Chicago.

Now, not everyone can expect stomach ulcers and bleeding. It would be extreme to make that claim. But what I believe is that regular consumption will almost certainly cause some nasty gut reactions.

Something I speak with my clients about regularly is not falling for the “no fat, low fat” labels. The reality of these products, like this “Coconut Milk” from Starbucks, is that they are packed with unnatural chemicals and can cause your gut to inflame. When your gut is inflamed, you feel bloated and have low energy. Combine “no fat, low fat” food and drink with a lot of sugar (again, like this “Coconut Milk”) and you will most certainly crave more sugar-filled, unhealthy foods later in the day.

All this Starbucks creation is good for is adding more and more liquid calories into your diet. Sugar drinks posing as a “healthy alternative” like coconut milk are not only misleading and addictive, but they are not helping you live a healthy more energetic life.

…I’ll pass

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