Coconut Oil – Its many Health Benefits and Uses
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Coconut oil! Delicious, nutritious, versatile coconut oil! I was lucky enough this week to get a quart of Virgin Coconut Oil in the mail for review. Score!
I’ve tried a couple different kinds of coconut oil over the past few years, and this one definitely fits the bill of what I think a coconut oil should be. It tastes super fresh and has a light, coconutty taste. It’s creamy and delicious. I really could eat this stuff straight from the jar. Um, no that’s not a confession.
Cooking and baking
I love coconut oil for cooking because it’s more stable than olive oil (or vegetable oil, but you’re not cooking with those, RIGHT?!). Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites explains why coconut oil is superior for cooking in one of their posts.
The chemical structure of unsaturated fats is VERY delicate. When something in their environment isn’t perfect, their structure is changed easily, causing them to oxidize. This is one reason why we say that olive oil shouldn’t be heated or only on very low temperatures- so that it’s chemical structure can remain in tact. Once these structures are changed, the body can’t use them as intended.
Coconut and other saturated fats are far more STABLE and do no chemically change when heat is applied (at least not as easily, it will take much higher heat for longer periods of time), so when they enter our bodies, they’re in-tact and our bodies recognize them as what they are from nature. Oxidized or rancid oils in the body enter and cannot be biochemically understood as food.
They enter and are more like a PLASTIC in the body, or a toxin. Our body does not metabolize toxins but rather STORES them – in our fat cells. This leads to inflammation. Inflammation is a key player in many chronic diseases, weight gain, weight loss resistance, general feeling of fatigue, pain and lethargy, joint pain, etc.
So I cook everything from veggies to the morning eggs in this coconut oil. It’s also awesome for baking. I used it in one of my apple crumble recipes, I’ve made “pie crust” with it by combining it with ground almonds in the food processor. It’s so versatile!
Want some free coconut recipes? Check out this page which has a ton of em. You might spot some of my recipes on there!
Rub it on ya
I also love using coconut oil on my skin as a moisturizer. In the winter my skin gets dried out and I’ve sometimes had problems with eczema or dry patches of skin on my legs or face. Yuck. Rubbing some coconut oil on the spot for a few days in a row clears it right up for me. It also a delicious, natural “chap stick” for lips. I sometimes massage some under my eyes at night for an inexpensive but effective eye cream.
And if you really want a treat, rub some all over your body when you get out of the shower. You will smell wonderful. Trust me, your guy or gal will be over in a hurry to sniff you, and well whatever happens after that… who can say? Wink wink, nudge nudge.
If you want a coconut oil that tastes as good as it smells, Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil fits the bill. Want to try some for yourself? You’re in luck! Tropical Traditions is giving away a quart of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to one lucky reader of The SmartSexyPaleo blog!
Want a free copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil book? Here’s how to get one. If you buy something on the Tropical Traditions site, choose “Referred by a Friend” and enter User ID 6922110 on your first online order. The book will be automatically added to your order (and I’ll also get a coupon good for free stuff). Win win!