Go Crazy for Coconuts!By Cate Ritter, Cate's Nutrition Kitchen
1. Ideal Cooking Oil
Coconut’s high saturated fat content makes this oil extremely stable with a high heat point ideal for cooking at higher temperatures, like grilling, searing, stir frying or roasting. It’s great for making everything from home-made popcorn to baked goods. For a milder flavor and scent, choose expeller-pressed coconut oil.
2. Boosts Metabolism & Aids Weight Loss
Similar to lean protein, medium-chain fats have a thermic effect, meaning they actually boost your metabolism. Not only are the medium-chain fats in coconut oil easier to digest than long-chain polyunsaturated fats, but their thermic effect supports weight loss.
3. Nutrient Dense
Coconut flesh is an excellent source of lauric acid, capric acid, manganese, molybdenum, and copper. It also contains adequate fiber, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium and vitamins B, C and E.
4. Supports Immune System
Coconut oil is composed of mostly immune-boosting medium-chain saturated fatty acid, of which most is lauric acid, the same fat found in mother’s breast milk. Containing antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, coconut oil has been shown to have antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that support the immune system.
5. Great Moisturizer
People always ask me what lotion I use and it’s actually just plain coconut oil with nothing else added. Not only does it smell like I’ve been hanging out in Hawaii, but it gives my skin a nice glow. I have to warn you though, if you have a dog, they are going to want to lick you! To clarify, I use the same coconut oil I use for cooking as I use on my body as a moisturizer. You can even use it as a deep conditioner on the ends of your hair, but be sure to use a very small amount and rinse thoroughly.
Best: Cold-Pressed (wet milling) Unrefined, Virgin Oil
Second Best: Expeller-Pressed
Great Brands: Tropical Traditions, Garden of Life, Nutiva, and NuNaturals
Storage: Keep at room temperature for up to 2 years
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and turns into liquid at around 72 degrees Fahrenheit.