Making the Case for Cooking with Coconut Oil
If you ask a nutrition buff about coconut oil, they will likely warn you that it is high in saturated fat (hence why it maintains a solid form at room temperature). This type of fat is notoriously associated with weight gain.
However, unlike other foods high in saturated fat, coconut oil contains short-chain fatty acids which are easier to digest and not readily stored as fat. Since they are smaller, the fatty acids are processed by the liver and used as energy.
Finding ways to substitute coconut oil into the diet is simple but often overlooked.
For starters, pretty much any recipe that requires a small/medium amount of butter can be cooked with coconut oil.
- Frying up eggs in the morning? Try a spoonful of coconut oil to grease the pan.
- Making a stir fry? Add scoops of the oil until the veggies look tender and delectable.
Coconut oil can even be spread on bread for morning toast but add a dash of salt to offset the sweetness.
Due to its naturally sweet taste, the opportunities to bake with coconut oil are endless. Coconut oil Rice Krispy treats, lemon coconut crumb bars, coconut blondie brownies, peanut butter coconut cookies-the list goes on.
Even if you are not a fan of following cookbooks and prefer to create your own treats, play around with coconut oil as a substitute for butter or baking oils in traditional cookie and cake recipes. The coconut taste adds flare to the flavor provided by traditional sweets.
Knowing the health advantages of coconut oil may help motivate you to test it out.
Coconut oil helps regulate cholesterol, which in turn prevents heart disease and high blood pressure. The short-chain fatty acids provide more energy which helps fuel workouts and other daily tasks.
Coconut also helps the body absorb nutrients, therefore improving digestion and reducing the risk of stomach ulcers. Perhaps the most common benefit is that the fatty acids in the oil reduce skin inflammation and help hydrate the scalp.
The dynamic nature of coconut oil makes it an essential tool to have handy. Whether you want to try out a new recipe or treat yourself to a spa day, try out this natural oil to simultaneously improve your health and discover one of nature’s gifts to humanity.