The other day we asked if anyone has used this coconut cream from Trader Joes.
We normally buy Native Forest organic canned coconut milk, but not all places sell it.
And Trader Joes usually only had the light version of coconut milk where we want the FULL fat version. Sometimes it is hard to find for us.
So we were happy to see this in the store.
But a little sad about the ingredients. As there is one ingredient that scares us.
Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose scares us. According to Wikipedia it says it is used in foods for a thickener. We read a few other articles on it, you can google it and read about it more.
We are not big fans of xanthan gum either, as we have noticed if we consume it a lot we get stomach issues. Therefore, we try to avoid xanthan gum and guar gum when possible but hard when buying things from the store like coconut milks. When we bake at home we no longer use the gums for that purpose, that is why sometimes our baked goods textures are different than most gluten free recipes. We do not use the gums anymore (plus save a little money by not buying those extra ingredients anymore).
We did like this coconut cream as it was thick and creamy. Tasted great in the few recipes we made with it.
We are not sure where we stand on it just yet. Obviously, we try to avoid any additives or foreign ingredients when possible. We admit we are a little disappointed that they added this ingredient. We know probably why they did…to make the best thick creamy coconut milk in a can. Which they did, but at the cost of adding in this ingredient. Not sure if it is worth it.
A little sad now these days that so many chemicals and foreign ingredients are added to our foods. Really makes you think twice now.
What are your thoughts on Trader Joes coconut cream? What about the additional thickening agent Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose ? Thoughts? Would you still buy it if it is better than the other coconut milks on store shelves?