Coconut oil has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity due to its delicious flavor, incredible versatility and many health giving properties. While some people falsely accuse coconut oil of being a "fad," it is actually a traditional oil that has been consumed for thousands of years in tropical cultures, and the positive research on the health benefits of coconut oil has existed for decades.
What About the Fat?
In previous years, coconut oil was mistakenly labeled as unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content. However, virgin coconut oil doesn't contain trans fat (the unhealthy kind). This makes it an ideal healthy, plant-based replacement for butter. It's semi-solid at room temperature and liquid when warm.
Medium Chain Triglycerides
MCTs are converted into energy, rather than stored as fat and have been studied for their potential in supporting heart and metabolic health. Lauric Acid & Caprylic Acid (both MCTs), are converted into monolaurin, which has been studied for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Coconut oil has a light, sweet-nutty coconut flavor and a wonderful tropical aroma. It is a perfect choice for curries or other dishes that benefit from a slight tropical flavor. Coconut oil is ideal for baking, sauteing, and as a dairy-free butter substitute.
Coconut oil can be applied topically as a very effective skin moisturizer, make-up remover and hair conditioner. It is also ideal for the newly popularized ancient Indian practice of "oil pulling" for natural oral health.
There are specific attributes to look for when choosing a superior quality coconut oil:
- Organic - Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is certified organic by the USDA to be free of herbicides, pesticides and other chemical contaminants. It is also certified Kosher, Non-GMO, hexane-free, and gluten-free.
- Sustainably Sourced - Barlean's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is sustainably sourced.
- Family-Owned and Operated - Barlean's is a leader in the Natural Foods Industry, and is recognized internationally for their unparalleled quality products.