Can it be… Coconut oil?!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Coconut oilWhat it is:
Coconut oil is edible oil extracted from the kernel of matured coconuts. Coconuts are derived from the coconut palm tree. In Sanskrit the coconut palm tree is known as the kalpa vriksha – the tree which gives all that is necessary for living – as mostly everything from the coconut palm tree can be used in some way or another.

Where it’s from:
Coconut palm trees are native to Malaysia, Polynesia and southern Asia, and are now also prolific in South America, India, the Pacific Islands, Hawaii and Florida.

Where it’s produced:
Coconut oil is mainly produced in the Philippines, Indonesia and India. Interestingly enough, although it takes up to a year for coconuts to mature, a palm tree blooms up to 13 times a year, therefore continuously producing a harvest.

What it tastes and looks like:
Coconut oil has a snow-white colour and is solid at room temperature. It has a high melting point (24°C), and turns to clear, colourless liquid once heated. The oil has a mild nutty, coconut aroma and flavour.

How to eat / use it:
Coconut oil has a variety of uses – from food to medicine to cosmetic products. Because of its nutty, coconut flavour, the oil is a great addition to baked goods. It has also widely been used as an ingredient in skin moisturisers, soaps and other beauty / wellness products.

A good source of:
Coconut oil is high in medium chain fatty acids, meaning they are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production. It also consists primarily of lauric acid, which boosts immunity and fights infection. Coconut oil does, however, contain a large amount of saturated fat, so moderation is key.

Benefits:
According to the Dr Oz website, the benefits of coconut oil include:
Weight loss – keeping you fuller for longer, firing up your metabolism and because less than half the fat of coconut oil contribute to the fat in your body, coconut oil is a great way to shed some kilos.

Skin / hair ailments – coconut oil is packed with antioxidants, which means it’s a wonderful moisturiser for your skin and also your hair.

Coconut oil also fights off fungus, yeast and candida and reduces cholesterol, increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

Why not try out this natural, delicious fudge recipe courtesy from www.lookbookcookbook.com?

Ingredients
½ cup virgin coconut oil, room temperature
1 ¾ cups organic confectioner’s sugar (you can also use standard icing sugar)
½ cup organic cacao
½ cup natural peanut butter
½ teaspoon natural vanilla extract

Method
Melt coconut oil in a pot over medium low heat. Add sugar and stir well with a spatula.

Turn down the heat and mix in the cacao, peanut butter and vanilla. Stir well.
When mixed, remove from heat and pour into a small dish or container so it is about 2 to 3cm thick. Refrigerate until it hardens.

When solid, carefully cut into small squares on a cutting board. You may need to leave it out for a few minutes to make cutting easier. Keep cold until serving.

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Danica Potgieter is a sassy sub-editor, witty writer and lover of high heels, lipgloss & her flat iron! (Hates bios, so this is all there is!)

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  1. Sue1N

    Mmm recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

    6 months ago •

  1. Kiara

    Since I discovered coconut oil it hasn’t left my side! Can’t wait to try this fudge.

    7 months ago •

  1. Miss Kay

    Coconut oil is some amazing stuff! I use it on my legs after shaving, massage it into my feet before bed, eat 1 or 2 teaspoons a day, and I use it as a hair treatment every now and then.

    8 months ago •

  1. beautyaddict

    I love coconut oil. I use it as a moisturizer for my skin at night and I use it as a treatment for my hair.

    8 months ago •

  1. Clueless_Cutie

    I’m nuts about coconuts!

    8 months ago •

  1. Mishen

    I love the smell and taste, and it’s healthy!

    8 months ago •

  1. Livvy

    Good information and I just love coconut oil.

    9 months ago •

  1. Madikoto

    my favourite oil, since i was a child my mom swears by this oil.

    9 months ago •

  1. hay

    it really does smoothen the skin and helps with dry scalp i.e dandruff

    9 months ago •

  1. liedeman

    I love it on my hair! It is an absolutely excellent product and also not very expensive.

    10 months ago •

  1. TJK

    I am mad about coconut oil. I use it as a bath oil, hair treatment and body moisturizer. It truly is amazing.

    10 months ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    I have a huge tub of organic virgin coconut oil at home. I have been using it for my skin (body) and my hair. One thing I can say is that I no longer worry about dandruff at all. It did an amazing job for that and my skin on my body is glowing!! Considering that it s now winter, I was amazed at how my skin was looking – very summer-like. I would recommend it to anyone. Absolutely love this stuff.

    10 months ago •

  1. McPherson

    Love love love coconut. Especially in chocolate, but alas, the chocolate does not help on the healthy side.

    10 months ago •

  1. me

    Like cooking with coconut oil. Its chemical structure don’t change until a very high temperature. A teaspoonful is plenty for frying the amount of spices we need in our size pot of curry.
    I do not taste any coconut taste.

    10 months ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I drink a cup of green tea mixed with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil before I go to sleep. It doesn’t alter the taste of the tea and I know I’m getting a good form of oil in my system.

    10 months ago •

  1. Abby

    My sister swears by coconut oil. The taste is just a bit weird to me

    10 months ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I love fudge and will try this recipe.

    10 months ago •

  1. Khensani

    Coconut oil is fantastic for your skin! I always try to buy products with it in.

    10 months ago •

  1. Azraa

    I’m allergic to coconut. I wonder if this applies to the oil too?

    10 months ago •

  1. ABeauty

    Ooo I love coconut! The smell is divine and great for cooking with, especially coconut oil.

    10 months ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I love coconut, it tastes delicious.

    10 months ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I love my coconut oil. It is more expensive but I don’t often cook with oil anyways. What I sometimes do is have my green tea still fairly hot with a table spoon of coconut oil mixed in. It doesn’t affect the taste of the tea at all but at least you know you’re getting the goodness :)

    10 months ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I use virgin coconut oil as a moisturiser at bed time. After a few days, my skin felt soft and I loved the lingering smell.

    10 months ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Best advice ever. My brother is very health conscious and he got us to change over to coconut oil about three months ago as my husband has high cholesterol. I use it in my cooking and to fry my samosas and chips. It doesn’t leave an after taste in fact if you get a good quality one it has next to no taste and does not affect the flavor of the food at all.

    10 months ago •

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