Coconut oil is a must have!
After hearing about coconut oil for years – and even buying some in 2008, which I just gave away…. well I have come to appreciate this wonderful “white gold.”
We have been using coconut oil for about a year now and recently tried some different brands. I decided to do a taste test last week, while we were tasting teas, just to see if we could tell a difference. Here is the photo to share:
The Wild Oats brand (D) has a slightly smoky taste, but the other brands did not.
Coconut oil is a superfood.
Great for skin.
Great for cooking.
Great for health.
You can also rinse your mouth with coconut oil, which is called oil pulling. It conditions the gums and pulls bacteria out of the mouth.
I have come to really look forward to green tea with coconut oil, especially on a chilly day! I like to add a teaspoon of unrefined coconut oil to a large cup of green tea. It adds a slight sweetness and enhances the bitterness of well-steeped tea.
This clear glass mug shows the natural color of blueberry-hibiscus tea.
Here is a photo of refined and unrefined coconut oil in a clear glass bowl, which is linked to JNW’s “clear” challenge this week.
Basically, refined coconut oil (L) is creamier, but unrefined (R) tastes better. For more about the difference, go HERE.
HERE IS SOME INFO on coconut oil:
~ Coconut oil is unique because it has Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they can have many positive effects on metabolism, cell health, blood health, and lifting heavy metals from the body.
~ The “ketone bodies” have therapeutic effects on the brain too and ketogenic diets are being used to help people heal! The unique medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil can also kill some harmful pathogens and help the immune system.
~ “There is no difference between “extra virgin” and “virgin” when it comes to coconut oil, like there is with the olive oil industry.” More about coconut oil HERE.
We also taste tested Sesame Tahini and Coconut Manna. The family did not really care for either one, but my husband likes Tahini in salad dressing. I like both of them straight form the container — as-is!
The Tahini is nutty and spreads on bagel chips like peanut butter (but does not have the aflatoxins that peanuts have). The coconut manna is thick and it has to be slightly warmed in order to stir it. It is
too very sweet and so I pair it with salty organic tortilla chips.
Have a great day and if you do not use coconut oil yet, be sure to try some soon, you’ll be glad you did!
AUTHOR UPDATE: Mum C wrote a poem inspired by this post (HERE) – woo hoo – and I had to include it here because this natural poet really knows the many wonderful properties of the coconut:
Caring is me
Overprotecting, yes, sometimes
Classy, I am
Old and golden, yes, that’s me
Not even my peelings are trash
Under no circumstance do I fail to deliver
Terrifying thirst hates my sight
I can breastfeed
Work on hair like magic
Work on skin like magic
I have the soft touch, good for all
The hard touch, mm, chewy!
The hard and silker protectors good for chimneys
I help in boosting your immune system
You can bake or flake me
Boil or cook me
Make me into meat
Or rawly have me
My fatty acids have high healing powers
And of course, I can help you burn fat right
Some bacteria, viruses and fungi flee at my sight
Even I help reduce seizures and heart diseases
And I work on the brain like magic
I am coconut, the nut you pay no attention to
Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014