Boy do I LOVE coconut oil! I am so happy so these gain more popularity over the years. You can use it for cooking numerous recipes, but it also serves a purpose in non-food ways too! For example, I do not use body lotion, but rather keep a container of coconut oil in my shower and use it on my body last thing before getting out. My skin as never been better! I also use it as eye make-up remover and I mix it with sugar for a body scrub!
What are the benefits of coconut oil?
1. Although it is a saturated fat, which is generally bad for cholesterol, it does not act like one in the body.
2. Coconut oil can help our bodies fight off viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Plus it can help fight off yeast, fungus and candida!
3. Improves the blood sugar profile since coconut oil can help improve insulin use within the body.
4. Increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
How can I use it in recipes?
Coconut oil works in both baked goods and with vegetables, but read below on the kinds the buy. When baking, you generally do not want a strong coconut flavor in some recipes. With vegetables, the flavor of coconut is a good thing and can help get those non-veggie eaters to try new dishes! Try it on your dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collard or turnip greens! Recently I used it on fennel and it was delicious! Because coconut oil has a high smoking point and it can withstand the heat, it’s a better cooking option than olive oil.
I see many different kinds on the shelves. Which one do I buy?
Unrefined, virgin or extra virgin, cold pressed is the best to get all the benefits of coconut oil. However, the flavor is strong. This is great for vegetables, smoothies, oatmeal etc.… but generally not great with baked goods. In those cases you would want refined so the flavor is mild. As mentioned, you won’t get all the health benefits, but you will get the good fatty acids like MCTs.
Unless you are doing a lot of baking, there really isn’t a need for unrefined. Stick to the good stuff!
In good health,
© Jaime Windrow 2104