What is coconut oil?
Oil extracted from the raw, white inner part (the meat) of mature coconuts. It’s white in color, has a coconut taste, and is solid at room temperature.
What does the word “virgin” mean?
It means it’s unrefined and doesn’t have any chemicals added or bleaching and deodorization done to it.
Coconut oil? Why not just use butter or olive oil?
All are good, I just like a little change every once in awhile. The reason I’d use coconut oil instead of butter is to make recipes vegan and vegetarian friendly. I also use coconut oil in baking over olive oil because it just tends to work better.
Why is coconut oil good for me?
It contains high levels of natural saturated fats (over 80% of its calories!). I know what you’re thinking, “Aren’t saturated fats bad?!” Yes, but not when they’re in the form of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).
What’s special about medium-chain fatty acids?
- Easier to digest
- Not readily stored as fat
- Converted to energy quicker because they’re processed by the liver
How is coconut oil made?
The fresh coconut meat is dried and then the oil is pressed out of it with an expeller.
How do I use coconut oil?
I use it in baking or for sauteing or frying veggies and meats.
What kind of coconut oil should I buy?
A brand that has the only ingredient listed as ‘unrefined virgin coconut oil’. I always buy Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 32 Ounce