I love the many benefits of coconut oil. The Nutiva brand is a good start for most people because there isn’t much “coconutty” flavor. I love Tropical Traditions brand for the great flavor. It is one of the best oils for higher heat cooking as it doesn’t break down easily and create free radicals. Coconut oil, because it is primarily made of medium and short-chain fatty acids is broken down and used for energy production and seldom ends up as body fat or deposits in the arteries. It produces energy, not fat. It also has a negative effect on blood cholesterol and helps protect against heart disease.
Make this your primary cooking oil. It has a moderately low smoke point, about 350 degrees. You don’t need any special instructions or recipes, simply use it in place of other oils in recipes that call for butter, shortening, margarine, or vegetable oil, especially if you are heating the oil. For cooking, it’s the best! It isn’t absorbed into foods, melts easily, and doesn’t splatter as much.
Coconut oil is very stable and doesn’t require refrigeration. So it’s wonderful as a lotion for the skin. It’s germ fighting properties help inside and out.
The health benefits are amazing, from promoting weight loss, preventing premature aging of the skin, strengthening the immune system, improving digestion, and protecting against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases.
There are many brands with differing flavors. Purchase small amounts and find the one that suits your palate.