Friday, January 22, 2010
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Why would you want coconut oil (besides the fact that it's free)?
~Coconut oil is made of 92% saturated fat. Saturated fat is the most stable kind of fat. Unlike other fats, it won't go rancid when it is cooked.
~Coconut oil contains lauric acid. Sally Fallon says that lauric acid has"antimicrobrial, antitumor and immune-system supporting properties." The two best sources for lauric acid are coconut oil and mothers milk.
~The Journal of the American Medical Association reported, "Populations that consume coconut oil have low rates of heart disease."
~Coconut oil is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. The ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids is 3:1.
How do you use coconut oil?
I love to use it to pop popcorn, and instead of butter in cookies (you can cut the sugar in half because the coconut oil is naturally sweet!) But my favorite use is probably in this granola recipe.
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