Is there anything coconut oil cannot do? I am amazed at the many ways this product can be used. Here’s a small list of the ways I have used coconut oil recently:
- Oil for massage clients
- Eye makeup remover
- Instead of WD-40 to stop squeaky wood on my massage table
- Oil for popping popcorn
- Replacement for vegetable oil in a bread recipe
- “Greased” the loaf pan I was using to bake bread
I also know people who use coconut oil as a moisturizer and a hair styling cream. Think of all the space you can save in luggage when you’re traveling!
The benefits of coconut products are varied, and the list is long. Here are a few:
- No trans fats
- Beneficial to immune system function
The first question clients ask is what about the saturated fat content? Yes, coconut oil is more than 90% saturated fat. But don’t panic and please keep reading. Coconut oil’s saturated fatty acids are about 60% medium chain fats. These are “good fats” that our bodies use to produce energy. They are also primarily made up of Lauric Acid, which is the primary fat component in mother’s milk. It is long-chain fatty acids that have negative effects on cholesterol and heart disease. In fact, among Pacific Islanders, heart disease is remarkably low. These are people who eat all parts of the coconut and have done so for many generations.
Coconut oil also contains Vitamin E, Vitamin K and minerals such as iron.
When you decide to buy some coconut oil, look for organic, virgin and cold-pressed if possible. You can find it in many grocery stores and natural foods stores, as well as online.
Coconut oil will remain solid in colder temperatures. I tend to keep it in a warmer part of my kitchen so that it stays semi-solid and easier to measure. Coconut oil will keep a long time without going rancid, so you really don’t need to refrigerate it.
Comment below and let me know how you use coconut oil!