I have written extensively about the many healthful benefits of coconut oil. Be sure to check out my page – Coconut Oil – Why You Should Include It In Your Diet. Here is an excerpt: “Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) as opposed to the long chain fatty acids (LCFA) found in most oil in our diets. Coconut oil is easy on the digestive system, requiring minimal digestion. It travels immediately to the liver to be converted into energy. It doesn’t circulate in the body and end up being stored as fat. So for a quick energy boost, eat a spoonful of coconut oil or add it to your food.”
If you, like me, are looking for more ways to use coconut oil on a daily basis, check out these suggestions that I ran across on Care2’s greenliving network.
• Instead of butter, fry or scramble your eggs in coconut oil, and try slathering it on toast.
• Stir a spoonful in your oatmeal or spread on pancakes for a lower glycemic load.
• Making your own granola? Baking treats? Swap in coconut oil instead of typical vegetable oil or shortening.
• Whirl into smoothies for longer-lasting energy and an instant hit of cholesterol-improving lauric acid.
• Even unrefined coconut oil has a relatively high smoke point, making it great for higher-temperature cooking, such as stir-frying or sautéing. Try cooking your dark leafy greens using coconut oil and a little sea salt.
• Make theater-style popcorn by heating kernels in coconut oil in a heavy kettle. Once popped, drizzle a mixture of melted coconut oil and butter over the top.
• As an alternative to a latte or coffee with cream, in a blender combine 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon unsalted grassfed butter, and 1 cup of coffee until it’s creamy and no oil is floating on the surface, about 20 to 30 seconds. Spike with vanilla or cinnamon, if desired.
• Mash into sweet potatoes or use to cook sweet-potato fries for a rich, nutty flavor.
• When making homemade mayo, replace half the olive oil with coconut oil. Or replace the oil in your favorite homemade salad dressing.
• For a quick treat, melt and mix with dark chocolate to make fudge or bark. Or pour the liquid mixture over a scoop of cold ice cream. It will harden instantly, like on a classic dipped cone.
• Eat it by the spoonful, right out of the jar — a quick supplement and snack combined.