I was at a food industry colleague’s house for a tasting a few weeks back and they used coconut milk by Goya as the basis of their tasting dishes.
I felt a little nervous.
I’ve never been allergic to coconut. I ate it frequently as a child and then for some reason stopped. So, the longer I didn’t eat coconut or coconut-containing items, the more fearful I became. Totally irrational and I bet not uncommon for those of us who have a long and deep history of “Surprise! You’re allergic” or have any adverse reaction to a food which was believed to be safe.
As part of my expanding diet project (i.e. safe food challenges), I started eating coconut again without issue. I’ve been eating coconut macaroons by Jennies for a few years now and using coconut oil by Tropical Traditions as a skin moisturizer. But I hadn’t eaten coconut oil until that evening. It was more of a mental leap than anything else and I’m glad I made it. The food was delicious and now I know I’m okay with coconut milk. One more item to cross off my list.