Try Cooking with Coconut Oil
You’ve used canola oil and butter. Perhaps, if you’re more health-conscious, you’ve transitioned to using olive oil or avocado oil most of the time instead. But have you tried coconut oil?
Coconut oil has some of the highest saturated fat content of any food. A whopping 90% of its fatty acids are classified as saturated. Any yet, it’s considered a superfood with numerous health benefits. Places where coconut oil is part of the average diet are healthier and live longer, free from heart disease and other diet-related diseases that plague the western world. How could that be?
The difference is that coconut oil is full of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) instead of long-chain fatty acids like most other fats that we consume. MCFA’s are easier to break down and digest. They are converted to energy quicker, instead of being stored in the body as fat. That’s why coconut oil can give you an energy boost at the beginning of the day. They have a positive impact on brain function, and can actually alleviate symptoms of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or epilepsy.
Coconut oil’s unique fatty acids also act as antimicrobials and antifungals in the body, protecting against problems like staph infection and yeast infections.
Cooking with Coconut Oil is Better
Many people who are unconcerned with the health benefits of coconut oil still use it in the kitchen because of its ease and practical capabilities. Because of its high level of saturated fat, it can withstand higher temperatures while you’re cooking, and doesn’t evaporate as fast. Coconut oil can keep your food from burning, and lends an excellent texture to foods that you need to saute or fry.
The light taste of coconut oil is also a bonus. While olive oil is a good substitute in many cases, it can cause problems when mixed with certain flavors. However, coconut oil is light and sweet, and so it can complement many foods that don’t go well with other healthy oils.
Incorporate More Coconut Oil into Your Diet
- Add a spoonful of coconut oil to your morning smoothie in order to stay full longer and add an extra boost of energy. It will also make the mix more creamy and smooth.
- Spread it over toast instead of butter for a light, sweet option.
- Use it to fry eggs or saute vegetables when you’re cooking.
- When you bake, just swap out the vegetable oil for coconut oil. There’s no conversion necessary, and you’ll be delighted by the extra element it adds to your favorite brownie recipe.
- Add some to your coffee or tea for a subtle sweetness and a creamer effect without the creamer.