Benefits of #Coconut Oil

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

After years as a nutritionist being taught that coconut oil is not good for you, I have found that a hard habit to break. But, the evidence is now so overwhelming that coconut oil is a beneficial fat for us, I have been trying to get more of it in my diet. Trouble is: I can’t stand the taste of the stuff! I do know some of you absolutely lurve it though, so it must be my mad taste buds ;) . I know one of you slathers it on her face as a moisturiser and another of you uses it as a butter-like spread on GF toast!

I have started making dessicated coconut macaroons as a sweet snack and I use quite a bit of coconut flour and coconut milk in cooking now but I just cannot bring myself to like coconut oil/butter (the solid stuff). It taints everything as far as my palate is concerned. Such a shame!

I saw this useful research/evidence-based run-down of the benefits of coconut oil today in my Inbox and thought it might be useful for some of you to make the change too if you haven’t already.

Meantime, I will keep trying the coconut oil. Any ideas for me to make it more palatable…?

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13 thoughts on “Benefits of #Coconut Oil

  1. Debbie Robinson

    Hi Micki, I use both the butter and the oil a lot but each for different things. I’m sure that the butter doesn’t taste or smell coconutty whereas the oil really does quite a bit. I use the Tiana butter and any old make of oil but usually biona.

    • Thanks Deb, which Tiana butter do you use please? I have Tiana but I think it says coconut oil. Is oil and butter the same thing…?

      • Debbie Robinson

        The Tiana one is the butter not the oil and in my experience not the same thing but I could be wrong!

      • I have been buying the oil and not the butter – doh! I shall try the butter then which seems to be no taste/smell. Apparently the oil is raw and best used as a spread/unheated and the butter is more used for cooking and baking. Thanks for that.

  2. Hang in there – but don’t start to break yourself in with dessicated coconut!!! It is seriously the invention of the devil. Like you I LOATHED coconut for thousands of years – my worst nightmare – one of those horrendous pink cake things covered in dessicated coconut….. But like you, convinced of its virtues I thought I needed to come to terms with it.
    I started with coconut milk – in things – I mean cooked in things. Soups, fish dishes – then a rice pudding (yes, I know that is no good for you TGFers but you get the general idea.) Then gradually dishes in which it was not disguised by the other ingredients – coconut custard for example, coconut ice cream.
    Then, very gradually, I started on the oil. First I used it in very thin slithers on crackers with something else really tasty so that I scarcely tasted it. Then I started to use it instead of olive oil for cooking. Initially the smell was quite strong and off putting but the resulting flavour was so good – and the texture so silky smooth and rich without being sickly – that I forgave it the smell. Gradually I got to love – so that I can now eat and enjoy a crackers slathered with quite a thick layer of coconut oil and nothing else!!! And I always cook with it – although it is hard on the pocket!
    But, I still can’t stand the dessicated stuff! Good luck….

    • Ha, I thought of you when I wrote that post, Michelle. I remembered you hated the dessicated stuff! Good tips there, thank you. I shall try, I promise. I found a lovely coconut mushroom soup recipe yesterday which I plan to make for tea tonight and I am making Thai curries with the milk a lot. It’s the coconut oil in baking I can’t stand – it makes everything taste horrible :(. That said, I am finding I have to use a lot less nut flour in muffins if I use half a cupful of coconut flour so it is saving me money at least.

  3. Hi Micki – I also have always hated coconut, especially the texture of dessicated coconut. However, back in our student pre-TGF days, Andy and I were at a dinner and coconut sorbet was served. It was absolutely delicious and I didn’t believe it was coconut! Might be worth trying something similar. Good Luck. Sharon

    • Oh good idea, Sharon. I LOVE coconut ice-cream and happen to have just bought an ice cream maker as part of my kitchen revamp/make life easier and more palatable programme. I am going to try that. I made a delicious cappucino icecream for myself for Christmas with just eggs, coffee and honey. Was flippin delicious. Hence the ice cream maker as I can batch make some then. Oh the hardship…

      • Debbie Robinson

        Ooh ooh high five for the christmas ice cream maker crew! I got one too from santa, haven’t used it yet though, would lurve your recipe 🙂 🙂 🙂 coffee icecream has always been my fave flavour, you can’t beat it! Which one did you get? Mine is the Kenwood, cheap and cheerful but I’m hoping it’ll do the job.

      • I confess I have cheated and bought an Andrew James one where you don’t have to chill the bowl as I don’t have a lot of freezer space to keep one there and I know I would just want to make icecream when the bowl wasn’t ready 😉 Coffee icecream recipe. I will see if I can find and post it for us.

  4. Oddly enough I discovered yesterday that I’m intolerant to coconut and despite loving it, out it goes (along with pretty much everything else I really enjoy eating!). I’ve been using a bit most days with my veggies in my evening meal with lemon juice to make a bit of a sauce. I also eat it as a treat and out of the things left in my fairly spartan diet it’s the only thing I tend to crave. I’ve got blocked nasal passages which improved a fair bit since I binned almonds and walnuts but was still pretty blocked. Anyway, I’ve had no coconut yesterday and today and can breathe each nostril separately, yey! I saw my excellent chiropractor yesterday and got him to muscle test me with a few foods, it seems to be pretty consistent with my symptoms, I went weak on coconut so figured I’d try without for a bit. Gutted though, but knew I was still eating something that didn’t quite suit me so happy if I’ve found it. For me it seems that anything I really like/crave I’m intolerant to. My chiropractor said it is v often the case that you either crave or loathe the things you’re intolerant to – something to do with the adrenal response. So maybe if you really can’t stand coconut Micki, there’s a good reason….

    • Good point, Ruth, hope not! I do love coconut milk so I think it is just the taste in baking I don’t like. It is indeed a cruel truth about craving what you are most intolerant to. We were always taught to ask what the fave food was with patients and then remove it pronto! It invariably worked. Sad. Herein lies the point of the barrier plan, doesn’t it? We are trying to get those broken barriers to stop allowing you to set up new sensitivities. It’s a race between the two, isn’t it?

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