Can you get sick from expired coconut milk?

In this brief article, we will answer the question “Can you get sick from expired coconut milk?”, with an in-depth analysis of what coconut milk is. We will also discuss the health benefits of using coconut milk.

Can you get sick from expired coconut milk?

No, you can not get sick from expired coconut milk given that it has no signs of spoilage. The most evident signs of spoilage of coconut milk are sour taste and an offensive odor. 

If none of these signs are present, and the texture seems fine to you, then the chances of you getting sick after using it are very less.

Mold does not necessarily grow on coconut milk, but if it does, it can be easily spotted. So, remember to inspect the coconut milk for any mold before using it.

“Expiry” date or “best before” date are just dates provided by the manufacturer that tell us how long the product will be in its best condition. After this date, the food does not necessarily go bad or get spoiled. It may just lose its texture or taste.

The key to keeping coconut milk for longer periods of time is to store it properly. You should keep it inside the fridge at all times to help protect it from harmful pathogens that can grow in it at room temperature.

What is coconut milk?

Coconut milk is different from coconut water. Coconut water occurs naturally inside coconuts while coconut milk is man-made.

Coconut milk is made from the flesh of brown coconuts which is then mixed with water and then processed. It is thicker than normal milk and has a creamy texture.

Since it is mixed with water, it consists mainly of water only. It has much less nutrients and fat than conventional milk. 

It is made by grating white coconut flesh and then boiling or soaking it in water. This whole mixture is then placed inside a cheesecloth and strained. Sometimes it is processed further to achieve the desired consistency.

Learn more about coconut milk here.

What are the health benefits of coconut milk?

Since coconut milk mainly consists of water, its health benefits revolve around the fact that it contains less fats.

It is believed to be helpful for people who are trying to lose weight. Cow milk can be replaced with coconut milk so that fats in diet are reduced while also enjoying milk.

Coconut milk can be used in foods such as curry to give it a nice creamy texture. You can enjoy the food while also keeping your fat intake in check.

Since coconut milk is rich in saturated fats, it is super beneficial for people suffering from high cholesterol. According to research, consuming coconut milk increases LDL and decreases HDL.

LDL is the bad cholesterol and HDL is the good cholesterol. Some studies showed that sometimes coconut milk increases LDL but at the same time also increases HDL. So, overall it proved to be beneficial for people suffering from high cholesterol levels.

Low cholesterol also promotes a healthy heart. The blood vessels stay healthy and this in turn reduces the risk of ischemic heart disease such as myocardial infarction, more commonly known as heart attack.

Animal testing has showed some other potential health benefits aswell. 

Coconut milk may reduce inflammation in case of any injury. It can also decrease the size of a stomach ulcer. In addition to these benefits, coconut milk contains lauric acid which may be able to fight off bacteria and viruses lowering the chances of getting an infection.

Coconut milk is also lactose free. Unlike other forms of milk- cow milk, goat milk etc, it does not contain lactose. Lactose intolerant people are those who lack the enzyme lactase in their body. Lactase is required to break down lactose. So coconut milk is a great alternative for lactose intolerant people and also for vegans.

So, if you are looking to switch to a healthier lifestyle, switch to coconut milk to enjoy its health benefits without the need of cutting down milk from your daily diet. 

Other FAQs about Coconut that you may be interested in.

Can I substitute coconut milk for coconut cream?

Is Coconut Milk in the Can the Same as the Carton?

Can you eat coconut on a keto diet?


In this brief article, we answered the question “Can you get sick from expired coconut milk?”, with an in-depth analysis of what coconut milk is. We also discussed the health benefits of using coconut milk.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.