Coconut oil has slowly made its way into the main stream, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Admittedly, I live in my little Bay Area food bubble, and things I see as commonplace are “weird” or “crunchy” in other parts of the country, but I challenge you to check your local super market and see if there isn’t at least one choice for coconut oil on the shelf!
Better still, if you haven’t yet experienced the joys of having this delicious, healthy source of fat and flavor in your kitchen, I challenge you to get yourself a free jar!
Yes, a FREE jar of coconut oil
But first, let me tell you about why you might want to try it out (if you haven’t already).
Coconut oil has historically been demonized for its high level of saturated fat. But the fat in coconut oil is different. (The saturated fat debate in general is fodder for another separate discussion, but if we’re in search of the “good” saturated fats in the world, coconut oil is at the TOP of the list!)
The main type of fat present in coconut oil is medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), fats that the body can burn off quickly for an instant burst of energy. The body doesn’t tend to store MCTs in adipose tissue (fat) in the body, so many prominent paleo bloggers, biohackers, and other nutrition experts are touting coconut oil as an aid for weight loss.* I will put a little asterisk there, because while I don’t advocate counting calories, calories do count. If you start adding a big scoop of coconut oil to your daily diet but don’t change anything else, chances are you’re going to be consuming more calories than usual — not the best weight loss strategy. But eliminating inflammatory, processed oils and replacing them with coconut oils could do wonders for your waistline.
What I WILL say is that lauric acid, an MCT found in coconut oil, is akin to a miracle substance (I won’t say drug). It’s anti-everything: microbial, viral, fungal, and parasitic. It’s an amazing compound that doesn’t harm the good bacteria in your gut but can help take care of the bad stuff in and around you. It’s certainly great for problem skin and for all sorts of homemade products for your body and household.
Check out an amazing guest post by a good friend of mine and coconut oil evangelist, Dana Gelsomino, to learn 9 reasons you should have coconut oil in your life.
Uses for Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is not just great for cooking — although yes, it is great for cooking. It’s a high-heat oil that can be used for frying, baking, roasting and grilling.
Here are the ways I use coconut oil nearly every day of my life:
- Facial cleanser (check out my Vibrantly Healthy Skin protocol)
- Skin moisturizer (either alone or in homemade hand salve or lotion bars )
- Cooking breakfast (I love it with eggs. Some people don’t. Give it a whirl.)
- Scooping into smoothies
- Calming my dog’s rashes (and trying to prevent her from licking it off)
- Sauteing vegetables
- Stir-frying shrimp (last night I made shrimp with coconut oil, coconut aminos, and top-quality fish sauce. They were perfection.)
- Make up remover
Other less daily uses include:
It’s clear I could go on forever. Coconut oil is really an amazing ingredient to have in your kitchen.
This week, Thrive Market is offering all first-time members a FREE full-sized (15 ounce) jar of Nutiva organic, fair trade virgin coconut oil!
Claim your jar before they’re gone! CLICK HERE. The free coconut oil applies to new members only, but if you are already a member like I am, you can get 10% off your purchase at this link (and pick up some of those coconut aminos while you’re at it). Full disclosure: There is a $1.95 shipping charge for the coconut oil. This still ends up being about 13 cents per ounce, which is an amazing deal.
Don’t miss your chance! Get yours today!
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