There are many ways to incorporate the health benefits of coconut oil in your diet. People in Asia have been using the benefits of coconut oil in cooking for hundreds of years. Coconut oil is one of the best oils to bake with and sauté with due to its high heat smoke point.
Virgin coconut oil has a smoke point of around 350°F. Because of its high fat concentration, it’s a good choice for sautéing and stir-frying. For the best results, it’s recommended that you keep your burners at a medium heat when cooking with coconut oil. But there are also many other ways to use coconut oil in your diet.
Here are some of the ways I use this gift of nature:
I sauté onions, garlic, vegetables, etc., in it.
I use a teaspoon or two in my coffee to boost energy.
I substitute equal amounts of coconut oil for butter in baking.
I use 1-2 tablespoons in my daily smoothie to increase nutrient absorption.
I grease baking pans and sheets with coconut oil or coconut oil spray.
I pop popcorn in coconut oil instead of vegetable oils.
I sprinkle coconut flakes on top of pies, granola, healthy protein snack balls, and salads.
I drink coconut water as a tasty, hydrating beverage.
Virgin coconut oil is extracted from coconut meat, coconut milk, or coconut residue. The “virgin” label implies that no solvents were used in the extraction process. This is usually accomplished by cold-pressing (using a hydraulic press to extract oil from fruits and veggies) the coconut meat or milk. I recommend that you always buy organic virgin coconut oil and flakes, if possible.
As you can see, there are many benefits for coconut oil in your diet. Anyone want to share a way you use this healthy fat in your kitchen? Or perhaps share a great recipe using coconut oil? Next week we’ll be looking at the many uses of coconut oil for your skin and body care.
For Your Health,