Coconut water is the liquid that you can hear sloshing around in a coconut when you shake it. It is sweet, probably high in sugars. Coconut milk is not the same as coconut water. It's made by pressing the white coconut meat from ripe coconuts. Common is SE Asian cuisine. If you've had anything Thai, you've had coconut milk. There are two common grades available: thin and thick. The thin stuff, sometimes called "lite" results fromt he second pressing of the coconut meat. It contains less coconut oil, and is probably higher in carbs, but I haven't looked, since I don't use it. I buy the thick variety, which is about 20% coconut oil and about 2.5% carbs (sugars). 2.5 g in 100g of coconut milk isn't much in the way of carbs, so it's another way to get coconut oil if your store doesn't carry it. The oil consists of saturated fatty acids (which are good - it's the trans-fats that are bad for you) and medium chain triglycerides (which are also good). So long as you keep your insulin level low by keeping your carb consumption low, it's fine to consume triglycerides. Your body is a multi-fuel engine and runs just fine on fatty acids, triglycerides, glucose and ketones. Your liver is like a refinery. It does all the necessary conversion to turn whatever is available into the proper fuel, in the proper amounts. Any excess is squirreled away as fat.
You can use coconut milk as the base for a great stir fry. It's slightly sweet, and smells slightly of coconut, so it's not like biting into a Mounds bar. Dissolve some red Thai curry paste into 1/4 can of coconut milk in a frying pan, toss in some meat, cook until very lightly browned, toss in some veggies, fry until they're warmed but still crisp and you've got a great stir fry. There was a time when I'd say serve with rice. :^(
You can even use coconut milk and curry paste in scrambled eggs, Thai style. It's good eats.
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