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I’m Coco-Nuts – coconut oil makes a comeback

Have you re-discovered coconut oil yet? If not, you’re missing out on something really healthy and tasty! Yep, coconut oil is mostly saturated fat, but get caught up on your health facts before you put it on the black list. Studies done on fats in the 1950’s did not distinguish between different types of fats, processed fats and/or hydrogenated fats. Certain fats are essential to good health and can even prevent disease. The truth is, we need a healthy source of saturated fat in our diet to experience optimal health.

Extra virgin coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat that can prevent digestive disorders, improve cholesterol ratios and support the immune system. It contains caprylic and lauric acids, both anti-microbials that can help prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It is made up of 55% MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) – an optimal source of energy. The regular consumption of coconut oil can help balance the thyroid gland, raise metabolism and reduce the symptoms of hypoglycemia and menopause.

All this and taste, too! If you’ve ever had fresh coconut (I’m talking about right out of the shell), you’ll know what I mean because a spoonful of the oil tastes much like it. Try mixing it with a bit of raw honey for a real treat. I eat this combo every morning. Traditionalists who prefer cooking with their oils will be happy to know that coconut oil is one of the few oils that withstands high heat without oxidation damage and is perfect for cooking vegetables or adding to whole grains.

Your local health food markets and co-ops will carry good extra virgin, organic coconut oil. I eat so much of it that I buy mine in 1/2 or 1 gallon jars from a family-owned distributor in Minnesota called, Wilderness Family Naturals. They are easy to reach by phone and will gladly and thoroughly answer all your questions.

Here’s a snack recipe from my sister – I’ll call ’em Coco-Nut bars:

Melt 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 cup rice syrup in a pan. Remove from heat and add 1 cup Granola or cereal, 1 cup raw nuts and/or seeds and one cup whole, raw oats. Add raisins or chocolate chips if desired. Press into pan, let it reset and eat.

Remember you will increase the health value of this treat if your ingredients are organic. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “I’m Coco-Nuts – coconut oil makes a comeback”

  1. Chelsea Bay Says:

    My roomate loves coco-oil- so i sent her the link to read your post, Tracey- and she made the bars today!! mmmmmm….

  2. Greg Says:

    There is also a great product called Artisana, which is raw coconut butter. It’s the whole coconut, not just the fat. It tastes great.

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