May 29th, 2012 by Momgonepaleo
Coconut Oil has become my new fat of choice since going Paleo. While I still love butter and olive oil, there are reasons why coconut oil has recently surpassed them both. Gasp! Say it isn’t so! It’s true! Butter can burn and turn brown and olive oil really should be used on salads etc. rather than in a hot pan. Here are the top 10 reasons why coconut oil is soooo great!
- It doesn’t burn like butter does but still provides the same saturated fat texture.
- It has a mild flavor that doesn’t over power the food you are cooking.
- Because it is a saturated fat is does not oxidize and form free radicals when heated to high temperatures.
- It is a great alternative to butter for those with a dairy allergy.
- You can bake with it too in any recipe that calls for butter or EEK! Margarine or shortening. Yuck! Stick to Coconut oil for sure!
Coconut oil has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
It can help improve the condition and appearance of your scalp, hair and skin when eaten or even applied topically.
The fats and substances in coconut oil help your body better absorb calcium and magnesium.
Coconut oil helps control blood sugar levels by improving the secretion of insulin and the utilization of blood glucose.
The fats in coconut oil are primarily medium-chain triglycerides. MCTs are superior to other types of fats and oils because they are more easily metabolized by the body. They’re found in infant formulas and also used to provide nourishment to hospital patients.
Actually there are more than 10 benefits of this super food, but 10 seems like a nice round number. Once word of caution is to look for and stick with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil. In order to receive the “virgin” status according to the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community Standards the oil must be “obtained from the fresh and mature kernel of coconut by mechanical or natural means with or without the application of heat, which does not lead to alteration of the oil.” This is ideal and avoids other less sanitary and compromised methods.
My favorite coconut oil is BY FAR the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil
by Tropical Traditions
. I had the opportunity to sample this oil. I received it a few weeks ago and have used almost of all of it already. I wanted to write a review and needed to use it in multiple ways. I have cooked eggs in it for breakfast. I have sautéed veggies with it. I have baked with it, added it to smoothies for some added MCT among other uses. It has a lovely texture, a pure flavor and the overall quality is exceptional. Several of my baked good recipes call for either butter or coconut oil. This is the oil I would recommend. Here is a link to the YouTube video I found when researching the difference between refined coconut oil and virgin coconut oil. When I asked Tropical Traditions about writing a review they sent me a link to it. I encourage you to check it out so you can make an informed choice for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h6eycjf29M
To sum it all up. Coconut oil has numerous health benefits and taste benefits. To reap all the benefits stick with organic virgin coconut oil. The outstanding and unadulterated product offered by Tropical Traditions
is a great choice! There is a direct link to the 1 pint jar to give it a try!
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label – 1 pint