Coconut oil: the ultimate multi-tasker

June 1, 2018 7:27 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Coconut oil is one of the most amazingly versatile products we sell at Naturally Good Food. You can eat it raw, or bake with it; you can use it to fry food, or add it to a smoothie; you can take it medicinally, moisturise your body with it, use it in toothpaste, paint it on your nails, coat your hair with it, polish your furniture with it, condition leather with it – and much more! And you can do pretty much all of those things at one and the same time – coconut oil is the ultimate multi-tasker!

Coconut oil has a huge range of uses - it's a multi-tasker!

Coconut oil – the ultimate multi-tasker?

Coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of coconuts, harvested from the coconut palm. There are various methods of extraction, based on screwing or squeezing the oil out of the milk, sometimes with a centrifuge. The extra-virgin coconut oil we sell at Naturally Good Food is unrefined. It’s been extracted and handled extremely carefully, with the aim of preserving the greatest amount of nutrients.

Coconut oil is now one of the leading health products for sale in the West – we ourselves send out tubs and vats of the stuff every week. Here’s a quick rundown of what we stock:

  • Small tubs: these little jars are great for getting started with coconut oil. We’re also keen to promote them as pretty presents – the oil inside is beautiful to look at, with an enticing fragrance.
  • Cooking tubs: if you’re primarily going to use your coconut oil for cooking, then you might fare best with one of these ‘cuisine’ tubs. Coconut oil of all kinds is great to use in cooking, as it has a high smoke point. The Cuisine variety has also been especially selected for its neutral fragrance: if you’re not too keen on a coconutty taste, this is the one for you.
  • Coconut oil in bulk: as with all our products, buying in bulk is the cheapest option. If you’re a caterer or running a business that uses a lot of coconut oil, it makes most sense to buy in bulk, to save money (and to avoid the danger of running out of the stuff).

Why use it?

Coconut is rich in good saturated fat.

It tastes good, but there’s a lot more to coconut than that.

Sure, it’s a good moisturiser, cooks well and smells nice – but there’s more to coconut oil than that!

It’s a fat – and a saturated fat, at that. But we all need fat in our diets, to help us absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Moreover, the type of fat that coconut oil contains is especially valuable: it’s got a high proportion of lauric acid, which is most readily used by the body as a source of energy, rather than being stored as body fat.

Our extra-virgin varieties are also a good supplier of antioxidant polyphenols, which work against oxidative stress, protecting our cells from degeneration.

What else can coconut oil do?

It’s almost impossible to find a condition or problem for which coconut oil is not touted as a cure. Whether you’re suffering from acne or haemorrhoids, sleeplessness or sleepiness, heartburn or sunburn, coconut oil is promoted by someone, somewhere, as the ideal treatment. It’s certainly true that those native cultures that make heavy use of coconut oil (for all kinds of purposes) are generally healthier than those of us who only get to see coconut trees in adverts. We’d say that this all-natural, beautiful product is most certainly worth a try. And hundreds of our customers clearly agree!

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