By now we’ve all heard the buzz about Coconut Oil. Is it good for me or is it bad for me? Well, I’m going to shine some light on any confusion you may have. The primary criticism about coconut oil is that it is a saturated fat. You are likely familiar with the saturated fats in meat and how too much is bad for your heart.

There’s been a lot of new research on coconut oil and despite it being a saturated fat, we are finding that is has some wonderful health benefits. One reason is that coconut oil is a different type of saturated fat (medium-chain) and tends to metabolize quicker and is harder for us to store. In that way, it makes a great energy source. It also has components that eliminate disease and lower inflammation. As well as a high smoke point which means you can cook at higher heats than many other polysaturated or monosaturated oils.

Sounds good, right?! And it is. Just like anything else….variety and moderation is key. For me, coconut oil has been a nice option to using olive oil. I’ve also use it in several other ways. Here are my top 5:

  1. My oil of choice when I want to add an earthy flavor to your shrimp and vegetable stir-fry.
  2. A ½ teaspoon in my morning coffee cuts the acidity and provides a nice flavor.
  3. When baking, I used 1:1 in place of butter to deliver a lower cholesterol and vegan muffin.
  4. It’s a wonderful moisturizer and it’s natural. I just rub it into my skin and gently moisturize.
  5. Add to my bath along with any other oils. Coconut oil is a good skin conditioner and a contributor to a relaxing bath.

Be sure to purchase 100% organic coconut oil and not one that is blended with other oils. I see a lot of packaged blended oils in the store. As you can see in my picture, I tend to buy it in bulk from my local organic store and it tends to be less expensive.

Let me know how you use your coconut oil.

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