Forgive me while I remain somewhat cynical as we enter the next wave of supposedly health benefits from buying another expensive ingredient!
I love coconut and it’s aroma although I no longer eat
“Bounty – The taste of paradise”
Similarly, by gently warming coconut oil this too can transport your mind paradise on a Pacific or Atlantic with lapping waves, white golden sand and swaying palms.
However, research suggests that we refuse to buy the odourless, flavourless “pure” type as this has been industrially refined!
Instead, we must buy the raw, cold-pressed, virgin sort found in health, Asian or Chinese foodstores. The fragrance is of tropical opulence elevating our well-being making even a dull, grey, damp weekday into something extra special.
Coconut oil is a great in a variety of Asian dishes, from Indian to Thai curries. However, its use must not be restricted to oriental recipes; my mother puts it on bread! Chefs say it is fantastic for frying fish, or sautéing onions the list is endless be experimental some even use it in cakes.
Why is coconut oil good for me?
Coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature for the reason that, coconut oil is slower to oxidise so less damaged and chemically altered by heat than other cooking oils, making it possibly the healthiest oil to fry with.
Coconut oil is one of the most excellent sources of heart-healthy medium-chain fatty acids, specifically lauric acid, which enhances the immune system through its antiviral and antibacterial effects. These acids also stimulate metabolism, and some research suggests they can aid weight loss.
Where to buy and what to pay?
Coconut oil is expensive, however only a small amount is required; attractively inexpensive coconut oil is found in Asian groceries and Chinese supermarkets, usually only the industrially refined sort. Therefore, ask for it in wholefood shops, such as Holland & Barrett in the U.K. where 500g of cold-pressed, virgin, organic coconut oil cost around £10.00 staying fresh for months, so a big jar will be much better value.
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