Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coconut Oil

I have wanted to try coconut oil for about a year, and I finally bought some the other day.  I have read numerous books that have spouted the nutritional and health benefits of coconut and coconut oil. 

Have you heard the health benefits of coconut oil?

 
  • Coconut oil is extremely stable and does not break down when heated, making it a very safe oil to cook with as it is not releasing dangerous carcinogens
  • It helps to lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels
  • It is easy to digest and helps with thyroid and enzyme systems, as well as IBS
  • It increases metabolism 
  • Promotes pancreatic health
  • Natural antibiotic, antibacterial, and anti fungal 
  • Aids in the absorption of other nutrients
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Coconut oil helps to eliminate kidney stones
  • Its fat content is easily converted to energy and does not accumulate as fat in the body
  • Has an extremely long shelf life, and will not become rancid
  • Contains powerful antioxidants
Just to name a few ...

Information Sources: 1, 2

If you are interested in the health benefits of coconut in general, as well as coconut oil, I would suggest checking out this site.  Coconut oil will be my new go-to cooking oil.

I used a teaspoon in my oatmeal this morning and it gave it an even creamier texture, with a faint coconut taste.  I added some almond butter and blackberries for an extra nutritional punch.

 

Do you use coconut oil?  How do you use it?
Cooking? Lotion? Hair moisturizer? Supplement?

22 comments:

the actor's diet said...

coconut oil makes everything taste like the tropics! i love it. but i also love using it as a moisturizer. it makes it so that i don't feel bad when my dog licks my feet.

Laura said...

I've used it once to make the Macaroon Granola from "How Sweet It Is"... SO GOOD!!

Averie said...

everything from roasting veggies to coating popcorn to a hair detangler to chapstick to using it like butter in recipes!

mymarblerye said...

i have this coconut butter and use it on cookies!! so good! Glenn doesn't like coconut so I told him he's dumb.

Faith @ lovelyascharged said...

I actually just discovered it too, when I found a bottle for about $2 at a little Indian food store! I love it as a moisturizer, although it doesnt do much for my hair (even though I keep trying!) It's also awesome in curries and cookies ;)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans said...

I have never tried coconut oil, but my skin is so dry right now that I would definitely slather it on!

Kat said...

Ive used coconut oil for EVERYTHING!! Ive put it on my skin (its kind of heavy though) Ive cooked with it and I always use it in granola bars, smoothies, oats, and even in my raw chocolate. SO so yummy!!

bakingnbooks said...

Hmm...I left a comment but I don't think it showed - boo :(

Kacy said...

I've never tried it, but I love coconut so I think it sounds amazing!

Adelle said...

I have never used coconut oil because I have been too cheap to buy it....it sounds like I need to loosen my purse strings and give it a try!

Anne Marie said...

I've never tried it but I've seen it around the blogs lately. It looks yummy!

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I lovveee coconut oil! I like to throw it on my oatmeal :)

SociallyGreen said...

I've used coconut oil for my hair. I never knew I could buy it for cookin!

Losing in the City said...

i haven't used it yet, but i have read a lot about the benefits for your hair when you use coconut oil..

Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty said...

I use it for everything too! I have about 4 jars kicking around.

Cooking yup...
Baking yup.

Makeup remove - yup
moisturizer - yup
Face cream *my favorite

Just don't listen when someone says shaving cream - ouch... razor burn.

Leanne@Coffeeandclaptrap said...

Argh I love coconut oil and anything else coconutty! Water, milk, flour, desiccated, chipped, fresh, cream you name it!

I love making raw chocolate from coconut oil with cocoa powder and some kind of sweetener :)

Kerrymarie said...

i have to say i've been wondering about this, but i'm not keen on coconut so i don't think i would cook with it! I guess in a recipe, you wouldn't be able to taste it much?!

seekingrecoveryandbliss said...

I've never used it but have heard so much about the benefits. :)

Maria said...

I LOVE using coconut oil!

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