Before I delve into the wonder that is coconut oil, I will start with the science. Considered a “healthy fat,” coconut oil is high in lauric acid which can help lower bad cholesterol or LDL. Yes, it’s high in saturated fat, but it’s composed of medium chain triglycerides that the body can readily convert to energy. It has earned quite the reputation with health-savvy folks and can be found in virtually any health food store.
Its high smoke point makes it fabulous for frying and sautéing. If you don’t mind a mellow coconut flavor, it will transform stir fries, and roasted vegetables into a flavor sensation. Try it with oven roasted sweet potatoes, and I promise you’ll be addicted!
Use coconut oil as an alternative to butter for richer tasting baked goods, as well as raw desserts. It solidifies in cooler temps making it perfect for raw cheesecakes, and bars. I love mixing a bit into my oatmeal in the morning to make it more luxurious.
Coconut oil and beauty go hand in hand. It can be used as a moisturizer, an amazing conditioning mask for your hair, and even removes eye makeup. Seriously ladies, forget spending major bucks on fancy cold creams to remove stubborn mascara. Try mixing some raw sugar with coconut oil, and your favorite essential oil for an exfoliating scrub.
Pets can benefit too! Adding a small amount to their food helps to maintain a shiny coat and healthy skin. It’s also an effective anti-fungal when applied topically to hot spots or other skin irritations.
I honestly can’t live without this stuff, and hopefully, you’ve already gone out to buy a jar or two! Choose organic virgin coconut oil that has been cold pressed to retain its delicious coconut flavor.