Product Type: Coconoil body care
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Coconoil Virgin Coconut Oil
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Coconoil Virgin Coconut Oil
Advantages: Tasty, healthy, organic, versatile
One way of reducing my palm oil use is by cutting down on processed foods which almost always contain vegetable oil, which is actually usually palm oil as companies don't have to say what type of veg oil it is. This is where coconut oil comes in. I started out using it instead of margarine on bread and toast, as it has a very mild, light flavour and is also very creamy a lot like butter, and with added health benefits!
Despite the name of the product, the coconut is not actually a nut and is therefore suitable for nut allergy sufferers, so it can be a good way of getting healthy fats and oils in your diet in place of nuts, if you can't eat nuts. The oil is high in good fats, omegas and EPA and DHA. I don't worry about getting too many fats in my diet as I don't eat dairy products, and anyway coconut oil contains healthy fat not nasty trans fats or anything like that. I have been eating it for a few months now and I can certainly attest to feeling a lot healthier in myself.
It's not often that one can say that a food product has revolutionised the way they live, but I am going to make this bold claim about coconut oil! I eat it as a snack spread on rice cakes, in cooking, cakes, and even as a moisturiser on my face, as it feels nice on my skin and absorbs quickly. A friend of mine suggested using it on my baby's cradle cap so I have been doing that for about a week now and the flaky skin has significantly reduced already.
Coconoil cost me £5.95 for a 250g jar from Amazon.com, and although you might think that is quite pricey for what is essentially a small tub, it does spread very far. You only need a small amount for whatever purpose you are using it for - I should know, because I use it for so many things!! I also like that the jar is recyclable and not made of plastic, which everything seems to be nowadays (my local council does not recycle plastic). Another good thing is that Coconoil is organic, so I am confident giving my baby girl a spoonful of it now and again, as she absolutely loves it and it adds a bit of fat to her diet, as she can be a very fussy eater sometimes and I don't want her to lose weight because of a phase. The oil also contains lauric acid which is apparently very similar to breastmilk, which would explain why she likes it so much!
The coconut oil melts easily, which I discovered when we had a spurt of hot weather recently and it got quite mushy in the jar. It solidified when the weather cooled down again though. Otherwise it melts easily in your hands if you leave it for a moment after taking it out of the jar, so it easy to scoop out with a spoon or your hands.
There is also some evidence that coconut oil strengthens immunity, which I can't testify to exactly because although I have certainly become healthier since using it, this could also be due to cutting down significantly on processed foods.
As with any other oil, if you eat a lot of this it may make you feel a bit queasy, but it is certainly less thick/greasy than other types of oil, including olive which is what I usually use in my kitchen. Though Coconoil is slowly taking over there, because it is so versatile and doesn't leave an aftertaste like olive oil can, and because it spreads quite far it actually costs the same if not less than virgin olive oil does.
All in oil, I highly recommend this product to everyone, because it can improve your health, reduce rainforest destruction if used in place of certain kinds of spreads, make your skin feel nicer, and it tastes lovely too! You can easily add it to your diet, and it requires very little work to do so. That's my kind of 'superfood'!
Summary: It's not often that one can say that a food product has revolutionised the way they live...