Coconut oil uses in the kitchen are vast and varied. Whether you already use coconut oil in your cooking or not, you’ve probably heard of this popular superfood. It has a high smoke point (about 350°F) which means the healthy fats are not denatured during the cooking process making coconut oil a staple in any pantry. It’s popping up in everything from stir-fry recipes, to vegan treats, to adding a heaping spoonful to your Daily Shake. Coconut oil is the “it” ingredient of the moment.
COCONUT OIL USES FOR INFLAMMATION
There’s a lot of the buzz around coconut oil due to its medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil). MCT’s are rapidly metabolized in the liver so they’re immediately available as an energy source. Because of this, coconut oil is also easier to burn off and harder to store as fat in the body. Some MCT’s, like the lauric acid found in coconut oil, work to keep you healthy by eliminating disease-causing microbes and candida. Coconut oil can also alleviate temporary or chronic inflammation.
COCONUT OIL IN THE KITCHEN
Coconut oil uses in cooking aren’t just healthy—it’s also quite tasty, with a slightly sweet, light tropical flavor that adds something extra to any dish. Here are a few uses of coconut oil we love:
- In a stir fry or quick sauté
- As a butter substitute in baking
- To make chocolate bars
- In a supercharged smoothie
- In matcha latte for an energizing hot drink
- To support healthy thyroid function
- For gut support on a cleanse
- To improve cholesterol
- To thicken a Cleanse shake
- Spread on gluten-free or sweet potato toast