Coconut Oil Craze

If you haven’t heard of coconut oil then you must not read any health magazines, recipes, or go to the grocery store because it has seriously been popping up everywhere and everyone seems to be raving about it. Personally, I hate coconut, so I avoided this new health craze as long as I could, but eventually curiosity got the best of me and I caved. The first thing I had to find out before learning more about this miracle product was if it tasted like coconut. I know myself, and if it tastes like coconut I will not consume it. Mother Nature was not cooperating with my stubborn mind though; you can get versions that do taste like coconut and versions that don’t. That confirmed it; I needed to pick up a jar.

I’m lucky that you can use it without ruining the flavor of whatever you’re making. I had read about its many amazing benefits and I would have been extremely bummed if I couldn’t take advantage of this power food. For
starters, here are a few of its claims to fame:

  • Weight loss
  • Maintaining cholesterol levels
  • Hair care
  • Skin care
  • Proper digestion
  • Increased metabolism
  • Fights bacterial infections and viruses
  • Reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s
  • Stress relief
  • Bone strength
  • Dental care
  • Sustained energy for athletes

I could really go on and on but I think you get the point by now. I will warn you, the texture is not like olive oil, it’s more like Crisco. That factor definitely grossed me out and my stubborn, anti-coconut self almost decided that no matter how miraculous this stuff is, it’s not worth it. But I took a deep breath and pushed away that thought—the benefits are just too intriguing.  Another warning, yes it can help you in a lot of ways, but do NOT sit there with a spoon and eat it like ice cream, thinking that you are being super healthy. It is loaded with saturated fat. These are healthy fats, and we do need healthy fat in our diet, but like everything else, consume it in moderation.

Is coconut oil for you? Well, for me it was pretty simple: it will help make my hair softer, skin softer, digestive system work better, give me energy to get through my workouts, and it will even help my teeth—yes, coconut oil helps prevent periodontal disease, tooth decay, and even kills bacteria that causes cavities and gum disease! I think it’s pretty clear that the benefits are appealing enough to make you try cooking with it, even for coconut haters like myself.

Please share your experiences and favorite recipes with coconut oil!

 

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