Southern parts of India have been well known for their love and preference for this AWESOME super food coconut, that we’ve all now adopted into our everyday lives.
Not only is their curry generously sprinkled with coconut in all its variation, but also their daily skin regime in one way or the other will include a healthy smothering of coconut oil. Via boldsky.com
This got us fascinated and curious. Is the coconut really as good for us on the inside and out as we’re all told?
The odd shaped nut grows on trees and the term ‘coco’ dates back to the 16th century and literally translates as ‘skull’ or ‘head’. The outer shell is made of a fibrous husk and is used to make doormats and other materials that need to be tough and hard wearing!
Check outside your front door – You may well be walking over its husk!
The list of health benefits really are endless, whilst looking into this exotic superfood we counted at least 100 uses! Its benefits include weight loss, better brain function, skin health and many more.
Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. Similar to butter, it solidifies in cooler temperatures and melts in warm temperatures; which is usually an indicator of how high the fat content is.
In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated.
BUT hold your horses, stay with us! The saturated fats in the oil may increase “good” HDL cholesterol in your body, but also help convert the “bad” LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form.
Our body has the innate ability to use its oil to its full extent, we absorb all of the fat AND we can metabolize it for optimum use! via authoritynutrition.com
We heard on the nut grapevine, just how AWESOME the oil is supposed to be for your skin and hands.
For years people in the ‘coco know’ have been using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair.
In the Indy Chef kitchen after a long day of baking, cooking up tantalizing meals and researching recipes we’re always looking for cream to apply to our hands.
We used it as a replacement to our usual hand cream and found the oil did an amazing job and left our skin super soft and it smells devine.
It’s also used to reduce wrinkles. Simply dab around the eyes, leave the oil on overnight to soak in, and wake up looking refreshed.
In the aid of research, we’re busy putting this one to the test!
Coconut oil also hydrates very dry skin, and helps to soothe skin after shaving. As a bonus, the oil has a natural SPF and is great to protect your skin from sun damage.
We also used it as a hair de-tangler. Rub the oil between your palms and then onto wet hair before combing through. Your kids will appreciate it – no more tangled screams!
When it comes to using coconut in recipes, the usages are so diverse. We’re overwhelmed with what to test first….
Coconut oil has a naturally high smoke point, so it’s great for frying. It’s also super efficient at ensuring food doesn’t stick to the pan – No need for non stick cooking spray.
Don’t like the taste of coconut? Fear not – you can buy odourless varieties, so no excuses!
Indy Chef Tip: Warm the breakfast bread gently and spread on the coconut oil, it gently absorbs into the loaf and tastes gorgeous! Such a great healthy fall breakfast recipe.
A trend we have yet to try is ‘bulletproof coffee’. Coconut oil is the secret yet key ingredient in this new food trend and we can’t wait to give it ago!
Drip coffee is infused with grass fed organic butter and organic cold-pressed coconut oil, the blend is then whisked together and you’re presented with a rich, creamy coffee!
It’s been thought this trendy brew can help people lose weight and sharpen their minds. The extra fat from the butter can help you recover from a previous days workout.
WOW, now that sounds like a coffee we could do with on a Monday morning! How about you?
There’s more to a coconut than just its oil. The inside of a coconut is called ‘flesh’ and can be eaten raw, toasted, shredded, dried, then ground to make flour and pressed to produce oil.
Inside you’ll also be presented with a light, sweet and delicious liquid – Coconut water!
Now available in most grocery stores, the exotic nuts water is supposed to quench your thirst quicker and more efficiently than water. It also pumps your body with lively vitamins and minerals.
We are in LUST with our coconut and lime traybake. We added shredded, dried coconut flesh to the dry mix and the topping and it really added such a depth of flavour.
Indy Chef tip: Why not substitute some of the butter for coconut oil too? Super healthy, super nutty and super delicious.
Give this lovely rustic nut a chance and let the delicious and versatile superfood into your life.
Your body, skin and health will thank you for it, and with all the baking and cooking you’ll be testing, your family will thank you too!
Coconuts are much cheaper when they’re purchased whole – Cracking one open is another skill! Check out this easy video clip and GET CRACKING!