Thursday, March 26, 2009

About: Coconut Oil

As many people know, I am a big fan of coconut oil. I love anything coconut, and this oil's smooth coconuty flavor and aroma makes all foods taste better. I love to saute fish and shrimp in coconut oil, and add it to my homemade nut butters to come up with concoctions such as cashew-coconut or macadamia-coconut. The uses for coconut oil are unlimited. It can be used as cooking oil, butter substitute, shortening substitute in baking, massage/body oil, and hair moisturizer. I knew a guy who liked to eat it straight out of the jar.

There are many places to buy coconut oil. Your regular supermarket or corner grocery store might not carry it, but you can find it at Whole Foods and any health food store. Trader Joe's used to carry it, but I don't think they do anymore. Amazon.com is where I get my coconut oil. I found the best deal on the internet to be from Netrition.com. Order now, as it is the deal of the week (last day 3/26/09)!

The health benefits of coconut oil are vast! It is unrefined and contains no trans fats. Coconut oil contains medium-chain good fats with 50-55% lauric acid. Lauric acid is known for being anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal, and a healthful nutrient that supports the metabolism. Many baby formulas often include coconut oil cecause coconut is one of the world's most nourishing super foods. Nutritionists suggest enjoying up to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil each day. Cold-pressed Coconut Oil is extra-virgin and pure white, not refined, deodorized or bleached. It is organic, so so it's free from pesticides, GMOs and hexane. Coconut oil is versatile. It is ideal as high-heat cooking oil (up to 350 degrees), as a nutritious substitute in baking, a better-than-butter replacement on bread, vegetables or popcorn, and as a luscious oil for skin care, hair care, and massage. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and melts at 76 degrees.

What do you think about coconut oil? Do you use this healthy fat regularly? What is your favorite way to use coconut oil?