Tricky Food Labels, Video, Can Derail Your Metabolism Goals—Watch Serving Sizes!
We’ve talked quite a bit about why dairy products are avoided on the Fast Metabolism Diet, and thanks to greater awareness about sensitivities and health concerns about dairy milk, it’s getting easier and easier to find non-dairy milk alternatives.
Coconut Milk (Phase 3) can be confusing because the meat and juice from coconuts can be used in different ways. Coconut milk in a carton is made by steeping coconut meat and squeezing out the liquid, along with the coconut water (you can hear it sloshing around inside the coconut). Coconut milk that comes in a can is mainly used for cooking. It’s also made from the meat of the coconut but includes far less of the water. Coconut milk in the carton can be used for cooking and baking and as a substitute for dairy milk. The coconut milk in the can is often used in curry dishes (like my Chicken Curry).
I work a lot with my clients on the importance of label reading, and I thought comparing coconut cream and coconut milk might be a great example of this.
It would seem natural to assume that coconut cream and coconut milk would have different levels of fat. But on the label of two cans I picked up, we see that coconut cream has nine grams of fat per serving, while coconut milk has 11. grams of fat. You might think, that's odd... how can that be? It has to do with units used in serving sizes! I always tell my clients to make sure you're looking at serving sizes when comparing labels on similar products. Watch this video and I'll show you what I mean.
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