All About Nutrition

Nutrition Questions and Answers

Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.

Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: Are there any similarities between cow's milk and coconut milk?


A: Cow's milk is considered a high quality protein food - which means it has adequate levels of all the 9 essential amino acids and it is low in saturated fats (even more so, if it is a low fat variety).

Coconut milk on the other hand, is a very highly saturated food (even the lower fat variety has over double the amount of saturated fat as low fat cow's milk), has a high kilojoule value and has a much lower amount of calcium than cow's milk. Coconut milk is also considered a complete protein.

Cow's milk is produced from an animal (cows) and comes in several forms - no fat skim, low fat skim, and full fat. Coconut milk comes from the coconut and comes in two forms - low fat and full fat. The coconut and its milk are entirely suitable for all vegetarians, while cows milk is not suitable for vegans, who do not eat any meat or meat by-products such as milk or eggs.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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