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The Truth Behind Olive Oil
Even heating olive oil at a low temperature causes this change. On its own, at room temperature, olive is great. Use it in salad dressings, as a dip for bread, or drizzle it over veggies for a unique flavor.
By now you are probably saying ‘What the heck do I cook with, then?’ There is another oil that is just great for cooking, coconut oil. Coconut oil is completely natural, very healthy oil that can be heated in high temperatures without breaking down or turning into a trans-fat. You might have heard that coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats and that is true, but it’s a healthy type of saturated fat. Numerous studies show that coconut oil can help you lose weight, help stop high blood pressure, improve bone health, prevent diabetes, improve digestion, and even prevent cancer (read more about health benefits of coconut oil). Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antifungal compounds.
You might see coconut oil in your supermarket in a solid state but don’t worry, when you scoop it out of the jar it will soften and liquefy almost instantly. Don’t keep coconut oil in the refrigerator, however, just store it in a cool, dark place.
Coconut oil comes in several different varieties. If you aren’t crazy for the flavor you can buy a type made just for cooking that has almost no smell or flavor so you won’t feel as if all your food came from the tropics! If you love the flavor, buy some raw, extra virgin coconut oil. It has a mild flavor but not so much that it overpowers your food.
Besides cooking, coconut oil is great for your hair, lips, and skin. It’s even handy around the house. Check out our other article on 101 ways you can coconut oil just about anywhere.
Here’s to healthy cooking and a healthy life!