Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why Do I Use Coconut Oil?

You've probably noticed that I frequently suggest the use of coconut oil in my recipes.  Perhaps you've wondered why I recommend a fat that the general public believes is unhealthy.  There is a large body of research available detailing the amazing health benefits associated with the use of coconut oil.  Click here if you would like to begin to read some of the available research on coconut oil.

What really convinced me of the absolute necessity of replacing modern manufactured oils, such as corn, soybean and canola, with coconut oil was reading Bruce Fife's informative book, The Coconut Oil Miracle.  I highly recommend this book if you want to learn the truth about this amazing oil, which God created with many life-giving properties!

As you'll quickly learn, coconut oil is extremely healthy, and should be used as your primary cooking oil in place of ALL polyunsaturated "vegetable oils" and shortening!  Coconut oil is not only stable when heated (unlike polyunsaturated oils which quickly become rancid), but research shows that it enhances your immune system, supports your thyroid, and boosts your metabolism!   The only drawback to using coconut oil is the price.  It is significantly more expensive than your average bottle of rancid corn oil or canola oil; however, when you understand the health implications, you will be determined to find ways to afford life-giving coconut oil!

One way to acquire affordable coconut oil is to take advantage of one of the frequent buy-one-get-one-free sales at Tropical Traditions  (such as the one currently underway, which ends May 10th, 2012!)  Tropical Traditions offers high quality coconut oil, and frequently you will find their gold-label, extra-virgin coconut oil on sale buy-one-get-one-free.   Even better, you might win your own jar FREE by entering my upcoming giveaway!  (Come back tomorrow for details!)

Once you have your coconut oil, you'll want to know what to do with it.  One thing you need to know is that coconut oil begins to solidify below about 75 degrees F.  So, you may need to melt your coconut oil before measuring and using it in your recipes.

I use coconut oil in any recipe calling for vegetable oil or shortening.  (If a recipe calls for margarine, I substitute butter and/or coconut oil.)  I have successfully used coconut oil in brownies, cookies, muffins, cakes, pancakes, granola, and for pan frying and baking.  I also sometimes add coconut oil to smoothies and my morning cup of coffee.  If you've never had coconut oil before, it may take a little getting used to the flavor. I've learned to really enjoy the flavor!

Click here for a list of many different types of recipes using coconut oil.  Also, here is a link that shares 80 amazing uses for coconut oil!

I hope you'll watch this short video highlighting popular uses for coconut oil.  (Remember to scroll down to the bottom of my blog and pause the music in my player first.)

After learning more about the benefits and uses of coconut oil, I'm sure you are eager to get started with your own jar, so don't forget to come back tomorrow to enter my giveaway for a quart of gold-label extra-virgin coconut oil, sponsored by Tropical Traditions.

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


Katie said...

I just got my first big container last week after it was recommended by another friend.

Glad to see your opinion too! :)

Sandra F. said...

I've been using coconut oil for several years now. I got started because of Dr. Mercola's articles and videos about it (here's his coconut oil page). Lately I've been using it for my dogs too :)

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