Now that coconut is losing it's image as an evil monster, it's all over the place. First coconut water with it's natural electrolytes hit the shelves, then non-dairy coconut yogurts, coconut dessert bars and most recently coconut milk beverages. So-Delicious brand coconut milk has been out for awhile, and now Silk has come out with their own version called Pure Coconut. Besides being another non-dairy alternative for cow's milk, coconut milk has the benefit of being a rare source of MCFA's (medium chain fatty acids). According to the Silk packaging MCFAs are "special fats that are more easily burned as energy than other fats". The So Delicious packaging says "MCFA's are good fats, readily absorbed, digested and utilized as energy by the body. . . supporting the body's immune system".
Coconut milk can be used for cooking rice, making curries, topping your cereal or granola and definitely for desserts and baking.
Now that we have two options for coconut milk I wondered if there was any real difference in taste and nutrition between the two, so I did a little side by side comparison. Here's my results.
They both have the same calories per serving (80), fat (5g), carbohydrate (7g), sugar (6g), protein (1g), B12 (50%), and Iron (4%).
So Delicious is organic, Silk is not. So Delicious was less expensive than Silk at my local health food store. So Delicious has 5% more added vitamin D than Silk as well as 4 additional nutrients, zinc, folate, magnesium and selenium. So Delicious also has half the amount of added sodium than Silk (15 mg compared to 30 mg).
Silk has a lot more added calcium, 45% vs 10%. Silk seemed a tad thicker maybe because it has three thickening agents where So Delicious has two. Silk also seemed to have a slightly stronger coconut flavor. In general the Silk brand was tastier, perhaps the extra sodium helped with that. Nutritionally, the fact the Silk supplies 45% of your days supply of calcium in a serving is a huge advantage over not only So Delicious coconut milk but Soy milk and cows milk as well. So next time I'm confronted with the two brands of coconut milk, I'll grab the Silk