Cocos nucifera —- What?! Oh, COCONUT OIL…..
I got another, yes another, email update from one of my other favorite blogs, How Does She, regarding coconut oil.
I know only a little bit about it because I use it often in my soap recipes.
photo from silvieandmaryl.comOnce I began to look around the internet I saw all the praise given to this special little "monkey-faced, hairy, nut-bearing" nut.This is a superfood. Good fats. Good Water inside. Tasty "meat". I do love coconut, not too many people I know do. (Do you think it is still healthy in the form of icing for German chocolate cake with pecans? I didn't think so either, shoot!)The benefits list of this little super nut is pretty long. Anyone can research it and make their own informed decision.I read an article by Joseph Mercola in which he wrote (read the article here):"Coconut oil has actually been shown to help optimize body weight, which can dramatically reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes (8). Besides weight loss, boosting your metabolic rate will improve your energy, accelerate healing and improve your overall immune function." he also wrote:"The first, extra-virgin olive oil is the best monounsaturated fat and works great as a salad dressing. However, olive oil should not be used for cooking. Due to its chemical structure, heat makes olive oil susceptible to oxidative damage. So for cooking, I use coconut oil exclusively.And polyunsaturated fats, which include common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to cook with."photo from nutiva.com
I may have to explore this a little further and test it out by cooking with it more often. I have heard this brand is one of the better out there.
photo from livingthenourishedlife.com
I think I will keep a small plastic jar of it in my bathroom, possibly whip it first to make it more creamy and add some essential oil to it, to slather on myself after a shower. I hear it keeps wrinkles at bay! Oh yeah!!
Does anyone out there use coconut oil regularly in their and does it alter the way the food tastes? Or do you use it as a part of your daily care regimen? (fess up guys 😉 )