Okay People.. I've been ecstatic about using my shaved young coconuts that I buy from the Asian Markets & I even had my morning smoothie this morning w.a freshly opened meat & water!! My last post, my bubble was burst when the subject of my precious coconuts being dipped in formaldehyde before they were shipped!! I was concerned...& dismayed... Even called some Carribean markets in which they supposedly sold unpeeled ones.. Only one in Norwalk ( 1 hour away) will be getting back to me about prices on a case!
I was bothered that this could actually be a fact, instead of heresay/rumor... or worse.. if it was true,, could the coconuts be contaminated INSIDE??? Hmmmmmmm So leave it to me to do my research!!! I found several blogs and people spreading or asking about this same thing!! THEN I found this article by acclaimed Raw food chef Matt Amsden! Its like he was writing the article Straight AT ME!!! lol
Matt Amsden Tells The Truth About Thai Coconuts and Formaldehyde
Jan 9, 2008
Guest Blogger: MATT AMSDEN CEO and author of RAWvolution: Gourmet Living Cuisine
Just say "YES!" to raw foods. Cher, Carol Alt, Alicia Silverstone, Susan Sarandon, and David Wolfe have! Celebrated raw food chef, Matt Amsden says that eating your food in the raw, doesn't mean you need to give up your favorite dishes. Using natural ingredients, he's enabled others to eat his signature "Big Matt with Cheese," and other traditional type foods in the comfort of their own homes. Every week Matt creates delicious raw dishes, including soups, main entrees, sides, and desserts--all deliverable to your door. With a storefront in Los Angeles and a kitchen in New York City, he's busy, but still keeps up with the latest trends in the raw food world.
Are you one of those folks whose initial excitement in discovering Thai Coconuts was quickly replaced with fear when you heard the rumor that the sweet treat is soaked in formaldehyde before reaching the United States?
I don’t know where it started nor can I remember when I first heard it, but the rumor is certainly widespread.
I have had dozens of friends and clients ask me about it in panicked phone calls, during my raw food preparation classes, or even during visits to our café.
Some fearful raw-fooders have completely removed Thai Coconuts from their diets in response to the rumor, and there are even raw restaurants that have deleted them from their menus.
In short, we have all allowed this rumor to spread based completely on hearsay and without any definitive proof.
My wife Janabai and I love Thai Coconuts and weren’t willing to leave them out of our morning shakes or delete them from our café’s menu until we received definitive proof that they are in fact, treated with formaldehyde.
Waiting for someone else to provide such proof was getting us nowhere. We decided to find the truth, not only for ourselves but also for our customers, friends, and for those spreading fear by way of a baseless rumor.
We contacted Michelson Laboratories. Michelson is a fully accredited microbiology and chemical testing lab with over 70 highly trained specialists and technicians located in Commerce, California.
Michelson was confident that after proper testing of a sample they could tell us definitively whether or not Thai Coconuts were treated with formaldehyde.
We supplied Michelson with samples from our regular stock of Thai Coconuts and waited patiently as the testing process began.
As the weeks went on, Janabai and I decided that whatever the result, we would disseminate the information as widely as possible. We would either discontinue our use of Thai Coconuts and warn others or dispel the myth and continue to endorse the use of Thai Coconuts.
On Thursday, May 11 th, 2006, we received the results from the lab.
There was absolutely no indication whatsoever that the Thai Coconut samples provided to Michelson Laboratories was ever in contact with formaldehyde.
We were excited! Not only could we continue to enjoy Thai Coconuts but we also had definitive proof that the formaldehyde scare was nothing more than rumor.
It is my sincere hope that in the future, our raw food communities will not fall prey to lies and made-up stories. These rumors divide rather than unite and spread fear rather than information.
So everyone..Be rest assured.. Ain't NO FORMALDEHYDE INSIDE the coconuts sold in Asian Markets!!Of course they use whatever chemicals they have to , in order to preserve the OUTTER shells! How else are they gonna stop the coconuts from turning BROWN once they shave them??? But Its been PROVEN that those toxins DO NOT get into the coconut meat or water!!!
CRAZY how a rumor can spread Nationwide.. w/o verification or substantial PROOF!!! AMAZING!!
Here's a demonstration on how to open coconuts..
I have a lovely pair of coconuts.. lalalalalalala lol