Sometimes in life something comes along that revolutionises the way that you have previously done things. Even though you may have previously scoffed at people who have enthused about its positives and questioned just how excited somebody can be about something so seemingly simple, once you take the plunge and use it yourself, you find it is time to eat humble pie.
Coconut oil, as well as creating quite a stir in health circles, is of great benefit in cooking, and before you dismiss it as you imagine all foods will be overpowered by that iconic coconut taste, it’s time to rethink the way you think.
So just what is it about cooking with coconut oil that has gained it so many fans?
Coconut oil contains saturated fat, and whilst all fats need to be considered in a healthy and balanced diet, when it comes to withstanding high temperatures, saturated fat is a bonus. As such, if you are frying, roasting or sautéing with coconut oil, foods have an enviable texture that you may previously have struggled to obtain. And far from having a distinct coconut taste, the minimal flavour enhancement adds depth to your recipe that is often indistinguishable to those with a dislike of the usual coconut taste. It is also non-toxic when heated and is naturally lactose free. Of course, buying quality ensures the most superior results so always look for naturally sourced coconut oil.
As well as being great for roasting, sautéing and frying, coconut oil can also be used in baking as a substitute for butter. This makes it perfect for vegans who are looking
for a butter substitute and whether you are making cakes, pastry or dough, coconut oil is up to the job. With a differing texture to butter, always check recipes as the amount you need may differ to that of butter.
Looking for a tasty and fresh drizzling oil? Coconut oil has a semi-sweet, nutty flavour that enhances without overpowering, making it perfect for adding something different to foods such as salads or even popcorn due to its ability to adapt to sweet and savoury recipes with ease.
And of course, coconut oil is believed to benefit the human body in terms of health in numerous ways. Including coconut oil in your diet could help with digestion, memory, liver function, blood pressure, reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, bone density and weight loss to name only a few reported benefits. Simply by switching to coconut oil from your previous oil choice, you could be doing your body a favour as well as getting tasty and good-looking food on your plate at mealtimes.