5 health benefits of coconut cream

Splashing coconut cream

If you make curries, desserts, ice-cream, yogurt, milkshake, pies, cookies or cream-based or pureed soup, I strongly encourage you to use coconut cream and use more of it because coconut cream benefits your health so much that you would never have thought of, especially when you've previously been told or taught that it makes you fat, clogs your arteries and raises your risk of stroke and heart diseases, and all sorts of unfounded crap.

1. Improve your immunity

I wonder if you've heard about the health benefits of coconut oil. You can find the exact antimicrobial compounds that coconut oil contains in coconut cream too. They're lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, and myristic acid etc.

These fatty acids (with lauric acid as the leader) are effective fighters against viruses that cause flu, hepatitis C, measles, herpes, AIDS etc.

They also kill bacteria that cause throat infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea etc. Fungi and yeast that cause candida, ringworm, athlete's foot etc are no match for them too.

In short, coconut cream provides health benefits by lightening the burden of your immune system so that your body can concentrate more on other critical tasks like repairing cells and tissues, and keeping your organs like kidney, heart, liver and lungs etc optimally functional.

2. Give you energy, not fat.

About 60% of the fatty acids in coconut cream belong to the medium-chain group. Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are smaller in size than long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). For this reason, MCFAs can easily penetrate cell walls and supply quick energy to cells. LCFAs, because of their longer chain, are slow to digest and transport. That's why our body tends to shove LCFAs into fat tissues as fuel reserve.

When your cells receive energy in time, they perk up and become active. Active cells step up metabolism. This means your body goes into fat-burning mode.

Having fatty acids doesn't mean it'll make you fat. It all depends on the type of fatty acids you're taking in. Most of the fatty acids in coconut cream are fat-burning, which is one of the greatest health benefits of this coconut product.

3. Slow aging

Approximately 90% of the fatty acids in coconut cream are saturated fat. And saturated fat is a natural antioxidant by itself. This means that saturated fat stops free-radical activity.

Free radicals attack connective fibers that hold the skin tissues together and make our skin firm and bouncy. When these connective fibers break down as a result of free-radical attack, our skin sags and looks old.

Stopping free-radical activity is one good way to keep your connective fibers strong and healthy. And saturated fat does the job.

Another great benefit of coconut cream on skin is that it contains 17–18 amino acids and of which, 10 of them are essential since our body cannot make them. They are histidine, arginine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine, threonine and tryptophan.

We need these amino acids (together with the standard ones such as tyrosine, alanine, glycine and proline etc) to help us build and repair cells and tissues timely and effectively to minimize the damaging effect of free radicals and germs on our skin.

Though coconut cream may not carry them in large quantity, it does provide a good supplementary source of these essential and standard amino acids as the building blocks of proteins for our skin.

4. Hydrate your body

Next time after a sweaty workout, try sucking a popsicle or licking ice cream made of pure coconut cream. I did that before and it does pretty well in replenishing the loss of water and electrolytes through sweating.

The most important electrolytes contained in a typical isotonic drinks are sodium and potassium (some don't even have potassium). We need some sugars as well. And coconut cream has them all and in pretty good amount.

In other words, you probably don't need isotonic drinks at all as long as you have enough coconut cream in your food. But for a better hydration, coconut water is better since it contains a lot more sodium and potassium.

Note: Do not take in cold stuff immediately after workout or your blood vessels may suddenly constrict and upset the normal blood flow. Take it only when your body has cooled down, like after 30 mins or so.

5. Stimulate bowel movement

Depending on the brands, some coconut cream may contain a few percent of fiber. But this little amount of fiber is not the leading role in loosening your bowels though it does help to certain extent.

Remember earlier I said that the fatty acids in coconut cream provide quick energy?

Yes, when your cells get energy, every single part of your body gets motivated, including your bowels.

When your bowels move faster, your stools tend to become more watery and hence, softer because your bowels do not have enough time to extract much water from the watery waste. For this reason, your stools are able to "slide" out of the "exit" more effortlessly.

Which is why curry or cream-based soup added with coconut cream helps to detox especially when you've added lots of coconut cream to make the curry creamier, smoother and tastier.


If you're on a healthy diet like a whole food diet (meat-free), coconut cream provides your health with proven added benefits.

On top of that, substituting coconut cream for dairy cream particularly benefits those who are lactose-intolerant. But you do really have to watch out for some brands that add guar gum to make the cream creamier. Guar gum is not easy to digest. So, if you have digestive problem, choose the brand that comes without guar gum.

Another thing worth mentioning is that people always associate coconut cream with high-calorie and so it will make you fat easily. Here's the fact: 50–70% of coconut cream (depending on brands) contain water. And 15–35% contain fatty acids. What's more, most fatty acids in the cream convert easily to energy rather than being stored as body fat.

So, which are you going to believe... the fact stated right in front of you or fiction as parroted by the ignoramuses?

Last but not least, if you need to strengthen your immunity to an all-time high so that your body will become more capable of fighting even cancers and pathogens, coconut oil is what you need for stronger health protection.

That's because coconut oil has 3–5 times as much medium-chain and saturated fatty acids as coconut cream. Moreover, coconut oil is more versatile than coconut cream since you can literally add coconut oil to all kinds of food (and beverages if you don't mind having the oil floating on the surface).

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    • Hi Aaron, 15–35% of coconut cream are fats, and about 90% of these fats are saturated fats, which means, coconut cream has about 13.5–31.5% saturated fats, depending on the brands.

      Saturated fats are basically beneficial because they help prevent oxidation. But on the other hand, if they're all long-chain fats like those present in animal meat, our body tends to deposit them in fat cells as they're not easy to metabolize into energy.

      50–64% of saturated fats in coconut cream are medium-chain fats, which convert to energy easily. This helps to increase metabolism. So, yes, saturated fats from coconut cream are good for you since more of them will turn into fuel.

      • Does fruits in this case fall into the simple carbohydrates category. Is adding a full fruit (i.e. an orange) into the coconut cream cause more harm than good?

        • Hi Mnae, yes, fructose in fruits is considered simple carbohydrate as it appears as a single sugar molecule (6-carbon unit) regardless of its source.

          If you eat a full orange on its own, for example, its fiber (particularly soluble fiber) will help slow the release of its sugar (fructose) into the bloodstream.

          When you add it to coconut cream, the release of sugar from the orange will become even slower. This is because coconut cream has additional fats and fiber to further decelerate the breaking down of fructose in the fruit.

          Which means, adding a full fruit like orange to coconut cream does not harm you. But instead, it helps you get more nutrients and protection against intruders.

          A food that has simple carb doesn't really make it harmful. It's only harmful if it doesn't couple with fiber or fats and you take a whole bang lot of it, like drinking a cup of corn syrup on its own.

  1. Its also fantastic in porridge, coffee and tea. I blend the coconut then pass it through a sieve, heat it for 4 minutes before adding it to my latte. I don not use cow's milk and I feel better. Cow's milk prevented my digestive tract from working properly. I am free from constipation.

  2. I just tried using cream of coconut as whipped topping. SO good. In fact, it is SO good that I am still not sure it can be ok for me to eat if I need to lose any weight!
    Moderation - I know. But to be clear - ARE we talking about the thick stuff that is on top in the cream of coconut can? For the whipped topping, we pour out the watery part and save it for another use and then whip the thick cream and flavor with vanilla or maple syrup in a small qty. I have used coconut oil for cooking. Have never purchased coconut butter so not sure what that actually is.

    • Hi Julie, eating coconut cream does help to burn some fat, but the result is not as encouraging as when you take coconut oil because coconut oil has much more medium-chain fatty acids than coconut cream (the layer that floats on top in the can) and coconut milk (the watery portion that's below the thick cream).

      It's medium-chain fatty acids that will kick your metabolism to high gear. So, if you want weight loss, coconut oil is better. Since you're using coconut oil for cooking, you can add some more to the cooked food before serving to help increase your intake of medium-chain fatty acids.

      Coconut butter is actually made from puréeing dried coconut meat. Because of that, whatever nutrients coconut meat contains you'll find them in coconut butter as well. It tastes sweet because of its natural coconut sugar in it. You can spread it over your bread or use it as a filling for puffs or sandwich cookies. It's gonna make you drool (slurp!) if you love coconut flavor like me.

      We use Artisana Organic Coconut Butter and Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna (actually, butter also), both are great but my wife feels that Artisana Organic Coconut Butter is a bit finer and so the texture is better. You can give it a shot.

    • Hi Marc, they're not wonderful claims, but facts. If these are just hoax, it would have backfired when people take coconut cream.

      The best source is personal experience. Go eat a lot and test for yourself and you'll understand. If coconut cream (or milk) doesn't help you loosen bowels or protect you from flu or other infections, or after a sweaty (but not too strenuous) workout it doesn't help to replenish your body's loss of electrolytes, get back here and shoot!

  3. Going to surgery. I use a heaping tablespoons of coconut cream in my coffee every morning. Is it a blood thinner? Heard it also naturally contains Vitamin K. This helps blot clot I believe. Confused, as don't know if there is enough oil in Coconut Cream to thin the blood. Help!

    • Hi Susette, coconut cream contains only trace amount of vitamin K if there is. You're right about vitamin K. Yes, it helps our blood to clot faster. Many brands of coconut cream you buy from store may not even hold a least bit.

      If you're looking to increase your vitamin K intake, you can take more spinach, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or other leafy green vegetables. But take them in moderation to avoid "thickening" your blood.

      Oil in coconut cream does not help to thin blood. But the oil in the cream does motivate cells to improve blood circulation thereby helping to prevent unnecessary blood clotting.

      • You bean "take them in moderation to avoid thickening the blood". Green, leafy vegetables contain Vitamin K, which thickens the blood an causes it to clot. Do you know your stuff?

        • Hi Veronica, an obvious mistake I had made. Most of us know that vitamin K helps blood clot. And I believe many people have noticed that. But only you're willing to spare some time to point that out. Thank you so much for that.

          I think I got distracted back then that instead of "thickening" I wrote "thinning". Had just emailed Susette about the edited response so she could get herself updated.

          Thank you once again for righting a wrong.

  4. All my life I have averaged 2 lots of flu a year, going into Winter and going into Summer. However the good news is, I haven't had the flu, sore throat or any sign of a cold for the last 3 years. During which time of course my friends have. The only thing I have done different is to have a desert spoon full of coconut cream on my Kornies every morning. I am aged 80.

    • Hi Ian, I long for input like yours because your experience can really help a lot of people to avoid unnecessary ailments. Thank you so much and I hope more people will stand out to share their experience on coconut products so that more people will benefit and stay ill-free. Appreciate your time and effort a lot. 😀

      • Hello Mr Soon, I just like all your posts they are helpful and healthful, thanks for all your efforts and researches.
        Forever grateful, I am from the Philippines and there are lots of coconuts here, so am taking vco regularly, starting just last month after reading about the benefits of vco.
        I hope I will not get easily afflicted with, colds and cough as I previously do.
        Thanks again.

        • Hi Yoly, please take note that virgin coconut oil is only part of the "strong and healthy" equation. More fruits and vegetables in your diet are just as critical to help you keep off colds and coughs.

    • I am 69 and nice to hear from an 80 years old , I started using coconut cream , I put it on my rolled oatmeal topped by differrent kind of berries n coconut cream , so delivious , and I did not know thst it is good for lactose intolerance and I am .

  5. Recently, many ... many people have been talking about how the coconut health craze is not real and that final answer... it's actually bad for you. Naturally freaking out, I went online and found numerous articles saying the same.... not good for you and that the fat is not good fat. I LOVE your article and it's given me that hope I had. But also sounds so good to be true. I noticed you updated your article on 8/27. Can you tell me what that was all about and what was thought to be newly discovered as bad, actually not true? I want to hear your take on this....and why they would say such.... I LOVE your article!! Did I mention that???? It's so clear and makes total sense

      • Hi Helen, first off, those people that you heard from are the ones who choose what they want to believe. Which is why they strongly refuse to accept what they have been believing for so many years are actually just a hoax. Time will tell.

        In fact, the increasing trend that more people are starting to use and consume coconut oil has already proven that. A fact will always be a fact. Nothing can change.

        Actually, this coconut craze is not all about something newly discovered (although it may seem so to many people).

        As a matter of fact, as far back as in the 1950s, medical researchers have already discovered the benefits of medium-chain fatty acids (the major components in coconut oil) and use them extensively to treat patients with malabsorption, digestive problems and other metabolic health conditions.

        If you look further into the use of coconut oil in India, you would have discovered that many of them use this tropical oil for almost all illnesses, and for thousands of years already.

        Coconut oil's benefits on health (and skin) only begin to surface in recent years and this is due mainly to the effort of those people who have personally used coconut oil started to realize the goodness of it and then shared their experience.

        Like me, I'm merely sharing my experience with the people I know and those who want to know, like you. I understand the concern of "this sounds too good to be true". And I also found that many people (especially those who are heavily promoting their products) have overly touted the benefits of coconut oil.

        After using coconut oil for over 10 years, I can tell you that it is not a cure-all, but it does produce a formidable impact on boosting your immunity.

        Look, our body is constantly (almost every second, in fact) attacked by free radicals, bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and various other germs. The reason why coconut oil is so good for us is mainly because its saturated fats can immobilize free-radical activities. Its fatty acids have antimicrobial properties.

        Which is why when you consume coconut oil you get very well protected against these micro-renegades. And when you're well-protected, you barely fall sick. It is just that simple. Nothing so incredible that you'd find hard to believe.

        Have you read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil? I just updated the part where it talks about why coconut oil got slammed for decades few hours ago. I edit my articles regularly to keep them up to date so that visitors like you can always get the latest info.

        After reading the article, you can try out coconut oil on your own and see how it does to your body.

        Before using coconut oil, you must learn about the potential side effects of coconut oil. This will help you avoid the adverse reactions that coconut oil might bring upon you.

        Did I answer your questions? Thanks for dropping by. 😉

  6. The bottom line truth is coconut cream is saturated fat, being the unhealthy kind...unlike avocado, olive oil which are mono unsaturated and unsaturated fats which are healthy.

    • Hey Fact of the matter, avocado and olive oil are healthy foods, no doubt. But their nutritional values do not rely on their unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats oxidize easily. This is the bottom line truth.

      Avocado has a variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that make it a health food. Olive oil has its anti-inflammatory compounds such as hydroxytyrosol, oleocanthal and omega-3.

      Although both avocado and olive oil contain omega-3 which is a good fat, it's not rich enough to promote much health.

      The benefits of omega-3 from these foods can also be further negated when the fat oxidizes since omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat. Polyunsaturated fat oxidizes faster than monounsaturated fat. So, how much omega-3 from these foods are left (in your body) to benefit your health becomes a question.

      Saturated fat, if it's long-chain, is no good either. But if it's in shorter chain like those in coconut oil, then that's a whole different story already.

      I suggest that you read up on Health Benefits of Coconut Oil before obstinately jumping to conclusion. You'll discover the differences among saturated and unsaturated fats and a whole lot other information that will open your eyes and broaden your horizons.

  7. Soon Chai .... you are doing a great job sifting through all the bullshit and misinformation out there .... good on you mate and keep up the good work! Thanks to you I’m off the cow and on the nutjuice as a replacement ... I’ll let you know how it goes in a couple of weeks .... next step is to give the oil a go .... but until then crack me a coco! Cheers big ears .... Ricky ... Melbourne .. Australia.

  8. Soon chair your posts are very interesting but is the usual cheap Asian made coconut cream the one to use? I use it my cooking & often wondered if it was a health benefit?

    Also the tip to freeze it into cubes would be a great idea to add a block to cooking here & there.

    • Hi Veronica, as long as the cream comes from coconut, you're good to go. Doesn't matter whether it comes from Thai or wherever.

      But if you buy fresh from the market, I mean, the grocer "squeezes" the milk or cream out of grated coconut for you, the health benefits would be greater since there would be no thickening additives like guar gum, xanthan gum etc. Or you can DIY.

      Great idea to freeze coconut cream or milk into cubes, like ice. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Ive been doing facials with coconut cream and apple sauce for about 2 years now, and the combination of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential proteins not only help my skin look younger, the mixture removed all my "age spots." I also use coconut cream in my hair , on my body and especially my feet, as it sloughs off dead skin and makes them feel and look amazing! I can't say enough about coconut cream!! Its amazing!

    • Fascinating Cathy! . thanks for sharing that. i came to this site because earlier i was experimenting with a coconut cream facial (and it is a recipe also for eating of course.. which i ate all of it already). .. Fun tip .. i infused hibiscus calyx in coconut water and then added some of that hibiscus infused coconut water into the coconut cream (supremely delicious) ... (the hibiscus coconut water on its own also delicious) (and does something amazing topically as well) ... 🙂 .. PS: thank you mr soon chai! .. really great information!

        • Thank you! And just realizing as well the crossover of the benefits of hibiscus (based on my research) for lowering blood cholesterol, heart health and also a weight loss herb. (Apparently it is used extensively in the "diet" industry products). It really tastes great infused in the coconut water with the organic acids / sour or tartness of the hibiscus nicely balanced by the natural sweetness of the coconut water. . And of course with the coconut cream it's just supremely delicious. .. something you really have to try! 🙂 .. and the color is really fun. Who doesn't love pink? 🙂

  10. My cholesterol was very high, but now it's normal. I gave up dairy due to lactose intolerance, and I eat a can of coconut cream in two days, and a jar of coconut oil in a week. Been doing this for eighteen months, and I have also lost ten kg and I have so much more energy. I know that it doesn't make your cholesterol higher, because I am proof. I got rid of processed foods and I make my own bread. The coconut cream really fills me up, and I love the taste. Put it in the fridge, use it with almond milk, and it's a thick creamy milkshake. Love the stuff, and I wish I found out that it was this good years ago.

    • Hey Laura, so nice to have you here. Thanks a great deal for sharing your personal touch on coconut cream and inspire those who will read this. I hope more people will lose weight and gain both health and energy with coconut oil and coconut cream, just like you. Cheers 😉

  11. I just love your post, thanks a lot

    By the way I had post an earlier reply in the middle of the posts that you might not easily read it, anyway I hope you can have a look at it.
    Again many thanks.

  12. hi Soon! I'm back ... I have another question. I recently got blood work done and my cholesterol came back elevated. I can't tell if the coconut cream has been the culprit.... I don't eat that badly! I'm reading a lot of articles about holding off on coconut products because they cause elevated cholesterol. I also read someone's review above about how coconut cream/oil could have corrected her high cholesterol. Can you shed some light here? Thanks Soon!

    • Hi Helen, sorry to respond late and keep you waiting.

      In fact, what we eat has very little influence over the ups and downs of cholesterol levels. It is mainly the change to our body fat mass, physical activity and stress level that affect the cholesterol levels.

      For example, many people have lost weight after taking coconut oil. And this always brings about a drop in their blood cholesterol levels, which makes a lot of sense.

      You'll find cholesterol in every single cell of your body. When your size drops, the number of your fat cells reduce, so are the sizes of the fat cells. This then leads to a decrease in the amount of cholesterols needed to maintain the integrity of the cell membranes, make sense?

      Unfortunately, without the correct understanding of using coconut oil (or cream) in their diet, some people gain weight. This of course, will effect a rise in their cholesterol levels as their fat cells multiply in both number and size.

      Which is why you can see two different outcomes after taking coconut oil or cream.

      I suppose your elevated cholesterol is most likely due to an increase in your body fat mass, a lack in your physical activity or a rise in your stress level. Or worse, all of them. So, you might like to look back on those and see how you can improve your lifestyle.

      By the way, an elevated cholesterol level doesn't make you more prone to heart disease. Many studies have shown that heart disease patients have little or no cholesterol involved in their atherosclerotic condition.

      What you really need to look out for is high blood pressure and high blood sugar. These are what you should be more concerned with.

  13. Hi Soon Chai,

    I contacted you about 18 months ago to tell you since having a desert spoonful of coconut cream on my breakfast kornies each day that I had not had a cough, cold or flu for 4 years. So it's now well over 5 years and the results are still the same. Many of our friends are now doing the same.

    Thanking you.

    Ian Gundesen.

    New Zealand.

    • Hi Ian, didn't realize your comment got trapped in my system's spam filter for more than a month. So sorry about that.

      Yeah, remember you. 80 years old and still healthy with just a desert spoonful of coconut cream every morning.

      And I really appreciate you making the effort to drop by and encourage others about the health benefits of coconut cream. Hope to hear from you again next year. Thank you very much. 😉