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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Coconut Oil

I've been wanting to write about Coconut Oil -how and why I use it, but instead  I am going to send you over to Sorta Crunchy.  Meghan wrote a great post on it--very informative. She gives the how and why, and also some great links to order some online, which is what I will be doing the next time we run out.

When I first started reading about different health foods, coconut oil was intimidating because I didn't know how to use it, what to use it for, and if it would have an weird taste.  Now, I am so glad I just bought some and tried it.  Because of coconut oil, I no longer need to keep vegetable oils and canola oil in the house.  The fats I have in my kitchen are butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.  It is all I have needed, and I feel great serving my family these types of fats.

Here is more information on cooking with healthy fats:

From The Nourishing Gourmet-
benefits of using Coconut Oil

 From Lindsey @ Passionate Homemaking-
Part 1 Part 2 – detailing the best oil choices being coconut oil & olive oil

From Kitchen Stewardship-
A great post about the controversy surrounding coconut oil





8 comments:

  1. I have learned thru a nutritionist, MCT oil or Coconut Oil move thru the digestive system faster, aids in weight loss, and since is a medium chain triglyceride, moves out of your system faster than say Olive or Peanut oils..do. I have been using it for about 2 mos now, my pre-diabetes is gone, as is about 25 lbs if not more.

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  2. We are big fans of coconut oil at our house too! I recently stumbled upon your blog via a Small Notebook link...love it! And, I am in NE too. Would love to know some of your real food sources locally!

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  3. What oil would you recommend for deep frying?

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  4. Katie and Thankg-
    I checked out your blog and oh my your little one is so cute. I tried to find an email address to let you know some of the local real food sources I use, but couldn't find one..so email me! How fun to have a fellow Nebraskan reader...we have lots in common!

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  5. Our lives-
    If you read here http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/nutrition/coconut.htm
    you will see that they recommend coconut oil for deep fat frying. I never use this method of cooking, but it looks like I know what to use now if I ever do!

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  6. I finally was able to use my coconut oil for these yummy looking bar's of yours. I have had it in my pantry for about two months trying to decide how to use it. I knew it was good for you, but was just waiting to figure out how to use it. Thanks, plan on getting rid of all my oils except for coconut,olive and once in awhile butter!! :)

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  7. Can you use coconut oil in cakes and for pan searing meats instead of other oils?

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  8. i HAVE USED COCONUT OIL (TROPICAL TRADITIONS)FOR 15 YEARS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN OVERWEIGHT SO I CAN'T ATTEST TO THAT, BUT READ HOW WELL IT IS FOR WEIGHT CONTROL. I USE IT IN EVERYTHING I COOK. I TRY TO GET IN AT LEAST 3 TBS DAILY. I USE IT INSTEAD OF BUTTER, EVEN ON MY MORNING TOAST, FRY MY EGGS, BAKE (USE A LITTLE LESS THAN OTHER OILS), USE IN STEWS, SOUPS, ETC. THERE IS NO END TO IT'S USES. STARTED OUT WITH VIRGIN, BUT TOO MANY COMPLAINED OF EVERYTHING I COOKED TASTED LIKE COCONUT, SO STARTED BUYING EXPELLER-PRESSED (SAME COMPANY)BECAUSE IT IS TASTELESS AND PEOPLE STOPPED COMPLAINING AND STILL WERE GETTING ALMOST ALL THE SAME BENEFITS. a LITTLE OVER 6 YEARS AGO I RECEIVED THE GIFT OF A DOUBLE-LUNG TRANSPLANT. MY DOCTORS TOLD ME TO STOP THE COCONUT OIL, BUT I REFUSED. TODAY THEY CANNOT BELIEVE HOW WELL I'M DOING. DID ALL THOSE YEARS OF COCONUT OIL HELP MY HEALTH? YOU BE THE JUDGE.

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