Cooking with Coconut Oil

Oatmeal made with coconut oil

We love coconut oil.  We love baking with coconut oil.  We love cooking with coconut oil.  Now, the rest of America is discovering these coconut oil benefits.  Case in point, NY Times food blogger, Melissa Clark, writes about her fondness of coconut oil  and its recent spike in popularity.  Here are our favorite few excerpts from her post in the Dining and Wine section:

Two groups have helped give coconut oil its sparkly new makeover. One is made up of scientists, many of whom are backtracking on the worst accusations against coconut oil. And the other is the growing number of vegans, who rely on it as a sweet vegetable fat that is solid at room temperature and can create flaky pie crusts, crumbly scones and fluffy cupcake icings, all without butter. . .

Its natural sweetness shines in baked goods and sautés, and is particularly wonderful paired with bitter greens, which soften and mellow under the oil’s gentle touch. And the saturated fat in coconut oil makes it a good choice in pastries, whether you avoid animal fats or simply want to pack a little more coconut flavor into that coconut cream pie. . .

Marisa Moore, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, a nonprofit association of nutritionists, said, “Different types of saturated fats behave differently.”

The main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid. Lauric acid increases levels of good HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, and bad LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, in the blood, but is not thought to negatively affect the overall ratio of the two.

For the entire article, click here.

See what Dr. Oz has to say in parts one & two of his segment on coconut oil!

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