Weekend Musings: Coconut Oil

In the South Arm Older Adults Cooking Club, Michelle introduced a new item which is Coconut Oil.

In room temperature, coconut oil solidifies like vegetable shortening. In warmer summer weather, it may turns into liquid. It does not need refrigeration.

Coconut oil can be used in place of oil or butter. It has fairly high heat tolerance and can be used in cooking like sauteing up to medium high heat.

It has a nice coconut flavour and great for baked goods like zucchini and banana bread.

Here is an excerpt  on coconut oil and its benefit from Dr. Oz shared by Michelle in the kitchen.

What are the health benefits of coconut oil?

  • help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illnesses
  • help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida
  • improves insulin use within the body, hence  improve blood sugar control
  • boost thyroid function which helps to increase metabolism, energy and endurance
  • increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins
  • lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need
  • improves cholesterol ratio level as coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid, which increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood
  • a wonderful moisturizer for skin and hair as it has good amounts of the antioxidant vitamin  E
I also did a search and found the following benefits of coconut oil
  • promote heart health
  • support your immune system health
  • support a healthy metabolism

Source: www.doctoroz.com/videos/surprising-health-benefits-coconut-oil

I found the above in Costco.ca which priced at $17.99.

When purchasing coconut oil, look for organic and virgin for a more pure product.


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Chris

    Available in Canada at Bulk Barn by weight. Price is very reasonable. Works well with curries.

  2. HM

    I have been taking coconut oil for a long time & you’ll be amazed at how good it taste even simply on toast with peanut butter! I regularly use it for my crepes too.

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