About Us

A warm welcome to Coconathi, I am Ramona, the founder and CEO of Coconathi and this is our story.

My son was born at just 32 weeks. He was lactose intolerant from birth and, as you can imagine had various other health challenges. As a new mom this was all very overwhelming but I was determined to find a way to improve his quality of life.

At first I was convinced that a balance between his dietary requirements and medical interventions was the best way forward. 12 years ago I did not have many options available, and those accessible to me were often not acceptable as it was loaded with artificial additives and high sugar levels.

When my son started attending daycare at 2 years old, things worsened and his health began to spiral downwards. He would often require medical attention and at times, hospitalization. As a first time mom, this was scary and frustrating, as we all want healthy and happy children. I wanted the best for my child as all moms do.

Getting to the root of the problem.

Enough was enough. I decided to focus on his diet and intensified my research on lactose intolerance and dairy free alternative foods.

coconut milk the answer lactose intolerance

Many months of trial and error went by before I realised that removing dairy from his diet made the biggest positive impact and his overall health improved.

My research revealed a large percentage of the population with lactose intolerance.

While searching for the answer, I found that more than 70% of the world’s population shared my son’s problem with lactose. In addition to causing bloating, lactose intolerance symptoms include stomach cramps and chronic sinus infections. It also reduces the absorption of much needed nutrients and minerals our body needs to stay healthy.

Hello Coconathi!

At this point, we had welcomed a beautiful little girl into our family and I was even more motivated to keep both my children happy and healthy. I was on a mission to find a dairy free milk-alternative that was affordable and delicious and not full of artificial additives and sugar. A milk that my lactose intolerant son and (very active) daughter would enjoy; as we all know how kids can be when it comes to food. I discovered the benefits of coconut milk. Being a plant-based milk it did not contain common allergens and it was cost-effective and that’s when Coconathi was born.

Combining my desire to help my son and others in South Africa suffering from lactose intolerance (and to keep my daughter’s sugar level low 😀 ), my team and I sourced and created a tasty, healthy and dairy free coconut milk that is cost effective compared to other dairy free alternatives, it’s delicious and most importantly, it’s good for you. Coconathi’s dairy free coconut milk is a delicious addition to any drink, hot or cold and to any meal.

Boasting heaps of health benefits, our coconut milk is perfect for the whole family, lactose intolerant or not. It is a product I created to provide my children with the best and it is the only product I truly trust and enjoy.

I would love to hear from you! Contact me on ramona.harms @coconathi.com

Yours in health


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