We are hearing a lot these days about coconut oil. Of course it’s a known fact that we need to watch how much saturated fat we consume, and coconut does have a fair amount of fat, however, there is a misconception about coconut. In actuality, this tropical oil is good for the heart because it contains about 50% lauric acid which helps prevent health concerns, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol. A study done in Brazil, and featured in this month’s issue of Reader’s Digest, also showed that in populations where it’s commonly consumed, high cholesterol levels and heart disease are not seen very often.
Coconut oil also has a delicious, tropical taste, and can be used in place of other healthy oils like extra-virgin olive oil and expeller pressed canola oil, both heart healthy oils in their own right. Mix it up and try them all for cooking, baking and sauteing. They all serve a purpose and each one brings a different taste and texture to whatever you’re cooking.