Whole30 Coconut Milk: Compliant Brands & What to Look For

Whole30 Coconut Milk: Compliant Brands & What to Look For

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Coconut milk is a major ingredient in any Whole30 diet, used from everything to flavoring Whole30 coffee to making a spicy thai sauce.

Today we’re providing details on where to find compliant Whole30 coconut milk, what to look for, as well as what to avoid.

Compliant Whole30 Coconut Milk Brands

These products sell Whole30 complaint coconut milk, so look for these brands in store, or order them online (some can even be bought on Amazon, which is super convienent).thai kitchen coconut milk

  • Trader Joe’s Coconut Milk (available at Trader Joe’s)
  • Whole Foods 360 Brand Coconut Milk (available at Whole Foods)
  • A Taste of Thai Coconut Milk (can be found at various grocery stores)

Whole30 Coconut Milk: What to Look For & What to Avoid

When searching the aisles for Whole30 compliant coconut milk, here’s what to keep an eye out for.

What to Look For:

  • Canned Coconut Milk. Coconut milk in the carton is often packed with preservatives and additives. Instead, look for canned coconut milk, which often has far less strange ingredients.
  • Unsweetened. Sweetened coconut milk is packed with added sugar. Instead, look for coconut milk that is labeled as “unsweetened”

What to Avoid :

  • Sulfates. When you check your coconut milk’s ingredient list, make sure that it does not contain any form of sulfates. Potassium metabisulfate, for sample, is a common ingredient in canned coconut milk. This is not compliant on Whole30.

Don’t Be Afraid Of:

  • Guar Guam. You don’t want to seek out guar gum, but it is allowed on Whole30. If you can find a brand without any guar gum, even better, but so don’t stress out if you can’t find a can of coconut milk without guar gum on the ingredient list.

Where to Find Coconut Milk In Stores:

Canned coconut milk isn’t shelved near dairy milk since it doesn’t need to stay cool.

Look for coconut milk in the Asian food section, or where grocery stores house their dressings, oils, and condiments.

Should I Buy Lite Coconut Milk?

Many coconut milk brands offer a lite version, which can confused some Whole30-ers. So what exactly is lite coconut milk?

Lite coconut milk is simply coconut milk that has had more water added. Normal coconut milk is composed of blended coconut with water. Lite coconut milk is actually giving you less bang for you buck, as you’re purchasing a mix of more water and less coconut.

Economically, it makes more sense to buy regular coconut milk since it has more coconut and less water. However, is the lite version is the only compliant can you can find, or if you see it for much cheaper than classic coconut milk, it’s no problem to buy it. Many Whole30-ers are avid fans of Trader Joe’s Lite Coconut Milk.

That’s it for our Whole30 coconut advice. Do you have any other favorite compliant coconut milk brands you’ve seen in-store? Share you picks in the comments!

  • Elyse L. says:

    So Delicious makes a culinary coconut milk that is compliant! It’s in the aisle with other Asian food, and comes in a small box with a re-sealable top. Much more convenient than having to open a can! I’ve only found it at Whole Foods so far, though.

  • Kate Luna says:

    What about mikonos coconut butter? http://miyokoskitchen.com/products-miyoko/

  • Maria Jose says:

    Is Chaokoh canned coconut milk compliant?
    Thanks a lot

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      Nope – the Chaokoh brand contains “sodium metabisulphite” to act as a preservative. Sulphites are not allowed on Whole30, so it’s outta there!

  • Anne says:

    what about So Delicious unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Yogurt? And Unsweetened unflavored Almond Milk. I am searching for calcium rich foods that are not dairy based.

  • Amy Hardick says:

    I love Aroy-D 100% coconut cream. I found it on Amazon pantry and you can buy it as a 3 carton pack. I was going through 5 pounds of sugar in a month in just my coffee until I started Whole30. Now I don’t even miss the sugar on my coffee.

  • Mia says:

    Are (no sugar added) dried fruits allowed? esp dates, raisins, cranberries?

  • Brenda says:

    My problem is that I do not want a coconut flavor. Coconut flavor is OK in Asian or Indian dishes or soups, but not in Italian, or Greek! Which brand has the LEAST coconut flavor?

    • LifeHealthHQ says:

      I actually don’t find coconut milk to taste especially coconut-y, but that’s just me. You could try almond milk or cashew milk instead if you’d like!

      • Donna says:

        Thai Kitchen doesn’t taste coconutty. I use it for all sorts of foods and it never has affected the flavor in a negative way.

  • Kim says:

    Brad’s Organic unsweetened coconut milk. Organic coconut kernel extract and coconut water.

  • InspectorJon says:

    Aroy-D. Besides the coconut cream mentioned below they make coconut milk. I buy it at the Asian grocery store. They also make it in small 5.6 oz cans for smaller recipes. Savoy is another brand that is just coconut and water.

    You can get an idea of what you are paying for by reading the fat content. Look at the nutritional information for fat grams per serving. Coconut milk with a higher fat content has more coconut milk and less water. Coconut cream is simply coconut milk with even less water and therefor a higher fat content. If you want lite coconut milk buy the full strength stuff, add water and shake it up. No sense in buying water from Thailand in a can.

  • Heidi Glaub says:

    Is Friendly farms from Aldi ok?

  • Joan says:

    I just found Unsweet Coconut Silk in the dairy section. I think it’s compliant.

  • ck says:

    can I use silk coconut milk in the carton?

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