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THE HEALTHY WAY WITH COCONUT MILK

It’s more versatile than you realise, and can help give you a healthy energy boost – plus it tastes delicious. Here’s how to capitalise on that tin in your store cupboard

Coconut milk is the natural friend of vegans and those with a lactose intolerance, but when enjoyed in moderation, it ofers beneits to all of us. Those beneits – and the reason you shouldn’t OD on it – are centred on the type of fat in coconuts, a medium-chain saturated fatty acid called lauric acid. This is metabolised into energy quickly in the liver, rather than being stored as fat. There’s been a long-standing worry about saturated fat and cholesterol, but a 2013 study gave people porridge made with either coconut milk or soya milk to compare the efects on cholesterol. The coconut milk lowered bad cholesterol (LDL) and upped the good (HDL). Coconut milk also has potassium, which helps control the balance of luids in your body (goodbye, water retention) and helps the heart muscles; and magnesium, which helps convert food into energy and contributes to bone health. Half a can may also naturally contain up to half a woman’s daily iron needs (check the label), important for making red blood cells. Not too shabby.

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Introducing the brand new healthy! We’ve got a fresh new look and have spruced up our content, including challenging new franchises, a dedicated vegan section and inspiring real life stories. Our central theme this issue is mental wellbeing – a challenge that doesn’t seem to be getting any easier, even as we are getting better at talking about it. Hopefully our ‘safe space’ is just that – somewhere you can explore and develop your own mental health. We’ve also investigated the gender disparity in football, explored the growing (though illegal) trend of microdosing, and chatted to chef turned wellness advocate Lorraine Pascale about her own mental wellbeing journey. Plus, we’ve brought in an expert panel to review all our content, ensuring you’re getting the very best and latest health, fitness, food, beauty and wellness advice. Find all this and more in the new issue of healthy