Coconut Oil: A New Kitchen Staple?
When you think of oils, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t a healthy diet. Oils have gotten a bad reputation from all of the hype around saturated versus unsaturated, olive oil versus canola, whether any oils are good for you and low fat diets. It’s important to differentiate when deciding which ones deserve a place in your diet and which ones don’t.
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a keeper for sure. Before going any farther, let’s establish that when choosing a coconut oil it’s essential to choose a virgin oil. “Virgin” or “Extra Virgin” means that the oil is made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut with no added chemicals or heat processing – giving you the highest quality product that will offer the most health benefits.
What are the health benefits of coconut oil?
Studies have shown that adding coconut oil to your diet can help improve resistance to illness by fighting off viruses, fungus and bacteria.
It helps balance weight by helping the body efficiently burn energy. This study showed that consuming 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily can actually help you loose weight!
Coconut oil promotes thyroid health. If you have an underactive thyroid coconut oil can help restore and regulate your thyroid function.
How can I cook with coconut oil?
Coconut oil has a wonderful nutty flavor that blends well with sweet and savory alike. It’s great in stir-fry, chicken and fish recipes, and with sweet vegetables in place of butter or olive oil. On the sweet end, coconut oil is delicious in sweet breads and cakes. Check out the recipes below for some unique ways to cook with coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Recipes
- 4 Ingredient Healthy Chocolate with coconut oil from NataJane
- Roasted Summer Squash and Zucchini with coconut oil from Eating Bird Food
- Kale Pineapple Smoothie with coconut oil from Pure and Simple
- Ginger Cashew Granola with coconut oil from Alaska from Scratch
- Healthy Cookie Dough with coconut oil from The Curious Country Cook
- Chocolate Magic Shell with coconut oil from The Novice Chef
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