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Cultured Coconut Milk Beverage

by Erin on June 12, 2010

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  • Dairy, soy, and gluten free
  • Contains lauric acid
  • Contains 10 active and live cultures

I’ve written previous articles detailing the benefits of kefir and coconuts.  Turtle Mountain has combined the best of both with its Cultured Coconut Milk Beverage [Formerly known as So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir].  Now I can enjoy the benefits of kefir without having to ingest cow’s milk to get it!  And coconut milk provides a host of benefits including lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, that has anti-viral, bacterial, and fungal properties.  Not only does it protect against infections and viruses, it boosts the metabolism and improves the condition of the hair and skin.

Turtle Mountain So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir comes in three flavors: Vanilla, Strawberry, and Original.  The Original has the least amount of sugar and thus contains only 70 calories in each eight-ounce serving.  The other two contain approximately 100 calories.  They each have about five grams of fat (although the Original has six grams).  I’ve only tried the Vanilla and overall I really liked it.  It has a very sweet, but authentic vanilla flavor.  It’s thicker than milk but not as thick as kefir made from cow’s milk.  The texture was just slightly fizzy but it’s pleasant.  It was good enough to drink alone but I really liked adding protein powder and blueberries to make a smoothie.

The best part is that it’s a great alternative for those that are limiting dairy due to either allergies or just overall health concerns.  I still can’t have anything but half and half in my coffee, but otherwise I’m attempting to be dairy free.  So until I discovered So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir, I had completely stopped drinking it.  Previously, the dairy versions were the only ones I could afford (Whole Foods carries a few varieties with coconut water but they are way out of my price range).  I’ve been looking for affordable options to include probiotics into my diet since they are so beneficial.  Here is a list of benefits that come from including kefir into the diet:

  • Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves the immune system
  • Cures Candida
  • Treats eczema
  • Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
  • Nourishes hair
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Contains anti-stress properties
  • Treats sleeping disorders
  • Treats depression
  • Treats asthma

So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir contains ten strains of live bacteria without the need for dairy.  It’s a tasty and affordable way to get a daily dose of lauric acid and probiotics.  I found mine at Whole Foods but hopefully the distribution will grow and include more grocery stores as word spreads about So Delicious Coconut Milk Kefir.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie June 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Great review! I love the strawberry So Delicious coconut milk kefir. Try their coconut milk coffee creamer. I think you’ll really like it. It has only 10 calories and 0 gm of fat per serving for the original. I think the French vanilla (which is amazing!) has 20 calories per serving and 0 gm of fat.

Brett November 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

hi there, I saw your article and was very helpful. I’ve been drinking coconut milk for a while as well as their ice cream and yogurt and such. I just saw the chocolate cultured coconut milk hit whole foods and was stunned that there was now CHOCOLATE coconut milk. So I bought 2! Unfortunately I opened one and it was thick like yogurt and had a sour smell and taste. Since you are the only one on the whole internet that has reviewed can you tell me if this is right? The exp date is December 1 and it is Nov 8 now. It has a kind of gummy chunkyness to it and smells sour. I’m used to their coconut milk which is the same texture as regular milk and is sweet. The picture on the cultured milk looks very drinkable. Please let me know if this is normal and how turtle mountain made it to be.

Mena December 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I use the original Cultured Coconut Milk, since I feel that the least the sugar the most efficient; however, one time that they were out of the original I bought one of the chocolate, and my husband one of strawberry. Well, my chocolate flavored was like what you described, while my husband’s strawberry flavored was perfectly smooth, so I just took mine back. I’ve had the ‘chocolate So Delicious Coconut Yogurt’ many a time, and it has always gotten smooth by stirring it… I didn’t figure that the Cultured Coconut Milk was meant to be as I found it at all… it could have been a ‘bad batch’, (?) but since that was my only one try at the Chocolate flavored one I don’t have anymore data to go by… But I do have to add, that the original has been proving to be absolutely wonderful for my gastric health. I take it every day.

michele February 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm

can someone please tell me what the original flavor cultured coconut milk is supposed to taste like? i just opened up a new bottle to try it and was not very happy with what i tasted. it tasted like sour spoiled milk. is that what it is SUPPOSED TO taste like? i guess i can also compare it to plain yogurt…which i guess makes sense since it has cultures in it. but now i’m worried that i may have bought a bad batch or something. it really tastes pretty terrible and i think the sink is going to wind up drinking it because i don’t think i can choke it down.

JAugust June 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Add milk to it for a better consistency! I drink with a straw and mix in kefir and milk. Dessert!!!!!!!

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