If you follow food and health trends in the media at all, you likely have been seeing more and more people talking about coconut oil, its versatility, and some pretty interesting uses that may have you doing a double take.
Here are some tips on using coconut oil that may surprise you:
- Try replacing butter or vegetable oil in your baked good recipes with coconut oil for a healthier treat
- Mix equal parts of sugar and coconut oil for a homemade smoothing body scrub
- Use a small amount of coconut oil instead of sugar or sweetener in your coffee and tea
- Put a small dab of coconut oil on your fingers and use to tame frizz and split ends in your hair
- Add coconut oil to creamy, homemade peanut and almond butter for a healthy and flavorful treat
- Coconut oil can be used to make homemade, natural toothpaste and deodorants
- Add some coconut oil to popcorn instead of butter for a great-tasting homemade snack
- Coconut oil can be used for a great massage oil
- Use a bit of coconut oil for a great, natural moisturizer for dry skin
- Try a bit of coconut oil as a lip balm for dry, chapped lips
Coconut oil is a naturally rich source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are quickly absorbed by the body to produce energy and are less likely to be stored as fat than Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFAs). Because it is naturally free of trans fatty acids and cholesterol it is a great addition to recipes and snacks. And no need to stop there, the texture and composition make it a great natural option for lots of beauty uses. It really is an amazing multipurpose product!
Like anything, the importance of using quality coconut oil is important. I suggest looking for organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil.
So, what do you use your coconut oil for?