Coconut Oil: Culinary, Health & Beauty Superpower
During my last trip to Puerto Rico, I became familiar with the use of coconut as a key ingredient in Latin cooking. Not only were the locals drinking coconut milk, but using the flesh as an additive for many dishes and beverage concoctions. I mean, how can you not love coconut? It’s sweet, aromatic and instantly creates a thick, creamy texture for world-renowned cocktails including the pina colada. Now, don’t think of the coconut merely as a drink mixer, because there’s so much more to this fruit – including an impressive list of cooking, health and beauty benefits.
Since most of us aren’t growing coconut trees in our backyards, we’ll need to head to the grocery store to pick up our coconut products. While fresh coconut is your best bet, it isn’t a realistic option for many of us. Lucky for you, many grocers carry coconut in numerous forms including coconut milk, water and oil. Coconut oil is a great culinary tool, whether you’re cooking up a stir-fry or baking that special birthday cake. Many people don’t know that coconut can withstand up to 450 degrees of heat – 100 degrees more than olive oil! This makes coconut oil a critical cooking tool – and instantly adds a touch of something sweet to your favorite dishes.
If you’re searching for a decadent, flavorsome way to improve your health – look no further. Many people look at the label and are instantly running from the high fat content within the jar of coconut oil. Don’t put it back on the shelf! The fat content of a coconut is good fat, the kind of fat that heads straight to the liver and is used as instant energy… sweet! Literally. (Furthermore, this metabolic process can actually have positive effects for several brain disorders including Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.)
Want to increase your energy and lose a few pounds? Add coconut to your diet. The source of fat within the coconut can increase energy and lead to weight loss. Not convinced? How about the fact that coconut oil can actively halt your hunger pains and help you eat less. Yeah, I said it. No magic pills, no crazy starvation, no exotic diets. By simply adding a bit of coconut oil into your diet you can improve your health and trim your waistline.
So, now you know you can use coconut oil in the kitchen as a cooking tool, and as a means to improve your health and lose weight. But now, what if I told you that coconut oil could be used in your beauty regime to protect against hair damage, moisturize skin and act as an organic sunscreen? Dry skin? Look no further. Rub some coconut oil onto your face, and watch the magic happen. Dull locks? Use some coconut oil as a hair masque and watch hair improve before your eyes. Allergic to sunscreen? One study shows that coconut oil is able to block about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Whether you’re going to use this fragrant, exotic fruit to whip up a killer stir-fry or lose a few pounds, we’re positive you’ll add coconut oil to your weekly grocery list. After all, the health, culinary and health benefits of this fruit are pretty sweet…. Literally.