Coconut oil is one of the new fashionable foods, with health benefits touted from aiding weight loss to treating IBS. Don't get caught up in all the claims that it will cure or prevent disease. In fact, be wary about the hype around all the so-call superfoods. This guardian article sums it up.
Admittedly, coconut oil is expensive, but you needn't limit its uses to just cooking (see the list below).
I bought it to use in this raw mango and pineapple tart from the Deliciously Ella website, (picture from website), which was lovely. Sticky and sweet, and completely vegan.
|Picture from deliciouslyella.com|
I didn't give the whole tart to T, but he did have some of the topping as a separate dessert one night and loved it!
Other uses of coconut oil touted by the internet
(I can't vouch for any of these unfortunately, so use at your own discretion!)
- Use in cooking instead of vegetable oils.
- Hair conditionner
- Moisturiser for hands, feet and face.
- As an alternative to lanolin based creams for sore nipples when breastfeeding (perhaps only if I want to have baby smell like a coconut though!)
- Rubbed in as an aftersun
- Lip balm
- Wood polish
- Soothe insect bites
- Added to coffee as a creamer (may actually try this one - I'm curious!)