It’s no secret that we love coconut oil here on Dodd Road.
When I was a nutrition student at the University of Minnesota we learned about the evils of coconut oil. It’s really high in saturated fat. It raises cholesterol levels. Industrialized canola oil is always a better option. Clearly the American Dietetic Association is missing out on a wonderful oil, though I hear they may be changing their story.
So, why is coconut oil so good?
Firstly, coconut oil is a perfect oil for baking. It remains solid at room temperature so baked goods result in a rich taste and flaky texture.
Secondly, coconut oil is actually good for you.
Here’s what Nina Planck has to say about coconut oil in her book Real Food, What to Eat and Why.
The main fat (49 percent) is lauric acid, an antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral fatty acid all but unique to coconut oil and breast milk. Lauric acid kills fat-coated viruses, including HIV, measles, herpes, influenza, leukemia, hepatitis C, Epstein-Barr, and bacteria , such as Listeria, Helicobacter pylori, and strep.
The oil is rich (64 percent) in medium-chain fatty acids, which have unusual properties. [These fats] don’t need to be emulsified by bile acids before they are digested, as long-chain polyunsaturated fats do. Thus the body burns coconut oil more quickly that long-chain polyunsaturated fats…which the body stores for later.
And what about the touted evils of coconut oil? Coconut oil does not contribute to heart disease. On the contrary it actually improves the HDL/LDL ratio. Eating coconut oil can increase your HDL, thus improve your cholesterol ratio.
So, why not get started with some coconut oil today! The best deal we have found is Nutivia Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil from Amazon. If you subscribe and save, you can save 15%, making it $.32/oz. Another great option is through Tropical Traditions. They often run a buy 1, get 1 free special or free shipping. Both of these brands are virgin coconut oil.
How do we use coconut oil?
- For the obvious cooking purposes–sauteing, baking, frying
- I love it in smoothies. It solidifies as y0u blend and adds fun texture to the smoothie.
- Eye make up remover. Just dab some on a cotton ball and run it over your eyes.
- Facial moisturizer and lip balm
- Body moisturizer. I love the way it feels just after shaving.
- Shaving cream
- Hair conditioner. Slather the coconut oil into your hair and scalp and leave it in for 30 minutes. Wash your hair in the shower to rinse it out. That’s it! You’re hair will feel so silky smooth.
- Seasoning our cast iron pans
- Cradle cap. Ambrose had the worst cradle cap I have ever seen. It was so gross. Coconut oil works well for cradle cap because it’s antimicrobial. A few hours before bath time slather the baby’s head with coconut oil and put a hat over his head. During the bath comb his head and wash the oil out. The flakes will come right off.
- Diaper rash cream. It’s great for the yeast infection diaper rashes and is safe with cloth diapers.