Although the coconut has a long, controversial history, the good news is that it is making a comeback, and is being called one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
The coconut grows abundantly in many parts of the Caribbean, South America South-East Asia and Polynesia and is an essential ingredient in these country’s traditional dishes, but it’s properties can appeal to the modern foodie as well.
Here are some top reasons to pick up some fair trade coconut oil from the grocery store or the farmers market (if you’re in the tropics).
Number 1. Coconut oil & milk speeds up your metabolism, increases energy levels and enhances the function of the thyroid which helps turn fat into energy.
*Coconut milk is so versatile, especially when cooking Thai Soups and Stews.
Number 2. Coconut oil enhances the absorption of very important disease fighting nutrients like Omega 3’s found in fish, capsicum found in colourful hot peppers and cucurmin found in Turmeric.
*Nothing beats the taste of pan fried fish in coconut oil or whole carrots and sweet potatoes lathered with coconut oil and baked in the oven.
Number 3. Coconut oil can boost your immune system by keeping bacteria, viruses and fungi like candida in check while at the same time help keep a healthy level of good bacteria in our gut.
*I love frying my eggs in coconut oil. I usually slice up a few thai chillies and green onions, sauté them for a bit an then crack two eggs. Delicious!
I urge people to swap out processed vegetable oils for some good quality coconut oil. Not only will people reap the amazing benefits of the coconut palm tree, but will also be supporting sustainable ways of eating and living. It’s time for an oil change.