Savannah’s Savory Bites

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April 3, 2012

Cooking with Coconut Oil and Blueberry Coconut Oil Smoothie

Cooking with coconut oil...What's the hype?

I am about to explain but I want you to know that I will be giving away a bottle of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Organic Coconut Oil, on Friday.  So be sure to stop back by Savanna's Savory Bites and enter in the drawing. 

Now on to the nutritional aspects of coconut oil...

The bottom line is that coconut oil is an excellent choice when you want to provide a healthy meal, as it supports your immune system, boosts your thyroid, and increases metabolism.  Studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30-60 percent of their total caloric intake from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease. (1)

To completely understand why cooking with and eating coconut oil is a healthy choice let's first review the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats.

Saturated Fats:

*  found in animal fat, milk, cheese, coconut oil, palm oils, eggs
*  solid at room temperature
*  raise total and LDL (bad) cholesterol
*  common opinion is to avoid these fats

Unsaturated Fats (two types):


*  found olives, olive oil, nuts, peanut oil, canola oil and avocados
*  liquid at room temperatures
*  lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain HDL (good) cholesterol

Polyunsaturated Fats:

*  safflower, sesame, corn, cottonseed and soybean oils
*  liquid at room temperature
*  reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, too much can also lower your HDL (good) cholesterol

Now you may be asking, "Why is coconut oil good for my overall well being if it is a saturated fat?"

Here's the secret:  lauric acid

Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a "miracle" compound because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. (2)

Lauric acid has been found to increase total cholesterol the most of all fatty acids. But most of the increase is attributable to an increase in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) "good" cholesterol. As a result, lauric acid has "a more favorable effect on total:HDL cholesterol than any other fatty acid, either saturated or unsaturated." 

Now that you are aware of how good coconut oil is for you, where are you going to get it?  Well when I read this information I headed to the store in search of coconut oil.  Two stores didn't carry it and the third offered a non virgin form of it.

And then I asked a friend who recommended Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil.  I asked Tropical Traditions to send me a sample to review, and I was quite pleased.  You can read all about their processing procedure for their Gold Label Organic Coconut Oil here.

And here is a quick video detailing the process.

So, how have I enjoyed cooking with Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil?

I've been using it in my smoothies, Perfect Fried Rice, on the skin of my Butterflied Roasted Chicken, and baked goods.  

Blueberry Coconut Oil Smoothie

1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 banana
handful ice
1 scoop whey protein
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt

Blend all in mixer and drink immediately. Enjoy!

Do you use Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil?  Do you have any recipes to share?  Questions about the oil?  Please leave your thoughts in the comment section.

And make sure that you come back Friday, to be entered in the drawing.

1.  (1) Kaunitz H, Dayrit CS. Coconut oil consumption and coronary heart disease. Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine, 1992;30:165-171

2.  Coconut Oil Benefits: When Fat Is Good For You by Dr. Joseph Mercola
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April 3, 2012

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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