Differences between Coconut Oil and Olive Oil
Olive oil is a monounsaturated fat and is liquid at room temp; coconut oil is saturated fat and semi-solid at room temperature. I would choose olive oil for salads instead of coconut oil due to the ease of flow. Although coconut oil is liquid when gently heated, a hot salad dressing doesn’t appeal to me.
Why I prefer to use Coconut Oil For Cooking
Coconut oil can withstand heat up to around 350° which is why it is the better choice for cooking with. Olive oil loses all nutritional benefits when heated.
Coconut oil is the best source of lauric acid, found also in mother’s milk and palm oil. Lauric acid enhances the immune system and due to its antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial nature, it protects against viruses, yeasts, parasites and other pathogens in the gut. When you add coconut oil to your food, the lauric acid in the coconut oil protects from bacteria and fungus in food.
Coconut oil is absorbed for quick energy.
Coconut oil has a long shelf life. Quality coconut oil is stable at room temperature for two years or more.
Quality Coconut Oil
Tropical Traditions has the highest quality coconut oil that I have found. Nutiva coconut oil is also good.
How I Add Coconut Oil to our Diet
I could eat coconut oil right off the spoon. It’s also great with almond butter.
You can use it when you saute vegetables and make stir-fry’s in moderate temperatures. Great for Fish.
It’s great for baking, can be used as a replacement for butter.
Coconut cream is made when coconut meat is finely ground, with its available oil. I have been purchasing this at my local grocery store, but I am not thrilled that it comes in cans. I don’t know if there is BPA in the lining of the can, so I will be looking elsewhere. I like that Tropical Traditions coconut cream concentrate.
I use coconut cream and chicken stock to make dairy-free chowders, like Salmon Chowder.
No, I don’t mean the sugar-sweetened shredded coconut you can find in any grocery store. I am talking about straight unsweetened coconut meat. I roll Fruit and Nut Balls (from Healthy Snacks to Go) in coconut flakes.
Coconut Oil for Healing
The health benefits of coconut oil could fill an entire book. For those with compromised immune systems, Nourishing Traditions recommends 20-25 grams of lauric acid daily. This converts to:
- 4 TBSP coconut oil
- 6 TBSP coconut cream
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup coconut meat
Read more about the benefits of coconut oil from Divine Health: The Benefits of Taking Coconut Oil.
Coconut Oil for Body Care
Another way to get the benefits of coconut oil is for your body to absorb it through your skin.
Here are the ways one can use coconut oil on my skin/hair:
- Lotion – Just slather it on.
- Cleanser – Rub some on, and wash it off.
- Moisturizer – This is a super moisturizer. After cleansing, I rub some more on and wear all day long. Gives the skin a fresh glow.
- Conditioner – this is the best conditioner! Just rub in the ends. You can use it as a leave-in conditioner, or rinse out.
- Hair shine – great for giving your hair that nice sheen without being oily and greasy.
How about you? How do you use coconut oil?
Which is your favorite oil? What besides these do you use? Let us Know. We would love to hear from you in the comment section below!
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