why i get excited about coconut oil (plus coconut sweet potato!)

Posted on November 1st, 2011

Coconut oil is getting a lot of very good press lately…much of it from me! I thought I’d clear up WHY it’s good and WHAT I do with the stuff. This first post will tick off the former.

Coconut oil roasted sweet potato...recipe below

So, know this:

It doesn’t make you fat

Coconut oil is a short-medium chain saturated fat. But saturated fat is bad, right? No. Not the naturally occurring saturated fats, like coconut oil. It’s the artificially adjusted trans fats you want to avoid, like vegetable oils and seed oils. I’ll be posting on this next week, if you’re not quite convinced! Also, when I mention coconut oil, I’m talking virgin coconut oil, not the hydrogenated version (which is bad).

In fact, it helps you LOSE weight

How so? Coconut oil is mostly made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. These types of fatty acids produce a whole host of health benefits:

  • MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.
  • MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system.
  • MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
  • MCFAs actually help stimulate your body’s metabolism, and increases the activity of the thyroid,
    leading to weight loss.

It stops sugar cravings and energy slumps

Your body sends medium-chain fatty acids straight to your liver to use as energy. This means that coconut oil is a source of instant energy to your body, much like when you eat simple carbohydrates. But although they both deliver quick energy to your body, unlike the carbohydrates, coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. This saves you from a slump, and is good news for anyone struggling with insulin issues. Like me. And most of us with AI issues.

It’s the only oil we should be cooking with

Coconut oil is the only oil that is stable enough to resist mild heat-induced damage, while still helping to promote heart health, support weight loss and thyroid function. Use coconut oil instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other type of oil called for in recipes.

It’s anti-viral and anti-fungal

50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Lauric acid is considered a “miracle” ingredient because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Coconut oil is also great for candida.

It’s anti-inflammatory

There are many advantages to boosting your metabolic rate: your healing process accelerates, cell regeneration increases to replace old cells, and your immune system functions better overall. When your immune system is functioning well, your body will be less inflamed.

It’s REALLY good for anyone with thyroid issues

Coconut oil can also raise basal body temperatures while increasing metabolism. This is good news for people who suffer with low thyroid function.

It’s sooo good on your skin

Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from aging effects, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits. Coconut oil is absorbed into your skin and connective tissues, where it helps keep your connective tissues supple and strong, which helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Coconut oil on your skin also acts as an exfoliator for the outer layer of dead skin cells. This will make your skin smoother too. Another bonus!

And, as promised…the recipe…these are amazing. I’ve also done the same with pumpkin!

Coconut oil roasted sweet potatoes

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • About 800g sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2cm chunks
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

Heat oven to 190/350 degrees. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over low heat. 

In a large bowl, toss together potatoes, coconut oil, sugar, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Spread the potatoes in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Roast, tossing occasionally, until soft and caramelized, about 1 hour.

Also try some of my other coconut recipes:

My chocolate nut balls

Some coconut granola

A chocolate coconut smoothie

Do you use coconut oil? Have you noticed any of these benefits yourself?
Stay tuned for my post on what I do with coconut oil… 

 

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  • Emma

    So how do you know if coconut oil is hydrogenated? Is it safe to assume the bottle I got from the Fijian grocer is bad because it doesn’t say Virgin and was cheap? I did check the nutrition label and can’t remember seeing any transfat listed, but that’s not to say it wasn’t there.

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    picardie.girl Reply:

    I have the same question Emma! I got a container of (Fijian?) coconut oil because I had read about it being good etc. but I presume now that since it is practically solid, it is in fact hydrogenated (even though it is not labelled as such).

    Is that right? Can someone please confirm?

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    Laura Reply:

    I have extra virgin organic coconut oil and it also solidifies in cool weather so I wouldn’t think that its solidity necessarily means that it is hydrogenated :)

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  • Sarah

    I can’t have it, it’s too high in salicylates for me unfortunately :(
    But I’ve heard a lot about how good it is

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  • http://www.thewellnessproject.net.au Claire

    Coconut oil makes me happy … and keeps me full! Food tastes better cooked in it, smoothies are more nourishing and my bircher has a lovely coconut-y taste. I’m so glad you are pushing coconut oil and helping people realise it’s not a bad fat… hopefully we can slowly change the world sees ‘fats’.

    Love the post Sarah.
    C

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  • Sophie

    Just wondering what brand of coconut oil you usually buy?
    Thanks :)

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    Lydia Reply:

    In the States I buy Nutiva, though I’m not sure if it’s available in Australia. It tastes good, smells good, and comes in both glass and plastic jars. I tend to order mine off of amazon.com because it’s much cheaper that way.

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  • http://janinejackson.wordpress.com/ Neen

    Yes if you can let us know the brand you usually buy and whether you get it from a wholefoods shop that would be fab!

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  • http://angieathome.blogspot.com/ Angela

    It’s great to see you promoting coconut oil, Sarah.It is one of my favourites. I use it to saute vegetables, for roasting, in the fabulous chocolate ball recipe you gave us (but I pressed it into a slice pan and cut it into little squares. Heaven)

    I find it particularly good when making a curry, especially if it has coconut cream in it – it just gives an added coconut boost – delicious. I’ve used a few different brands – all bought from my local health-food shop. The one I’m using at the moment is Spiral Organic, and I’ve noticed it doesn’t have that distinct coconut scent – so its good for all sorts of cooking- but I actually prefer one that smells deliciously of coconut.

    Do you use coconut flour at all? I bought some, but haven’t really found it to be a good substitute for other flours. I’d love to hear if anyone has had success with it.

    Did you know that Lauric acid is also found in human breast milk – a definite super-food.

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  • Sarah

    It would be great if you could also let us know what brand of shredded coconut you use… the brands I see in the supermarket seem to be very high in chemicals. Thanks!

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  • cait

    I’m reading more and more about coconut oil and it’s benefits, but what I’m curious about is Copha. I know it is made from coconut oil, but is it any good for you or is it a nasty hydrogenated version of cocnut oil. I’m guessing probably the latter since nowhere have i read about the benefits of copha, but thought i’d ask because my local supermarkets stock copha but not coconut oil.

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    picardie.girl Reply:

    Is THAT what Copha is?! I always wondered.

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    Elmo Reply:

    Copha is bad. Hydrogenated coconut fat. Heart attack on a stick!

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  • KJ

    I sauté spinach or kale and garlic with a little coconut oil, then add 2 eggs. Perfect breakfast! Also adding 1/2 a tsp to black coffee gives it a little coconut boost and no need to add sugar :)

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  • http://oneaprilmorning.net Laura

    Hi Sarah! I’d love to try the sweet potato recipe but do you add the sugar when you make it?

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  • Casey

    Interesting post Sarah. I’ve never tried coconut oil but I’ll give it a go. I’m wondering though, when you say that coconut oil is the only oil we should be cooking with, why is this? What’s so bad about olive oil? I find it hard to take a blanket statement like this at face value when I’ve always been under the impression that olive oil is good for you. I’d really love some links or citations to back up the claims in this post because, although I believe that you have done the research, I’m sure that you didn’t just pull this info out of thin air! I’m the kind of person who needs to see the information for myself, rather than just taking on board any advice which claims health benefits!

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    Liv Reply:

    Hi Casey,

    Olive oil is very good for us, but it’s not stable when heated – that’s why coconut oil is the best for cooking, because it’s stable at high temps.

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  • Li

    Hi Sarah,

    I have a few jars of virgin coconut oil/butter at home, last summer on one of those really hot days, it went from solid white in the jar, to clear liquid, and I wasn’t sure if it was ok to use if it does that? It went back to white solid after it cooled down again. I feel it’s probably fine but not 100% sure …. maybe I should only use it for cooking as opposed to raw in a smoothie? Then again, isn’t it rather likely that this process happens before I actually buy it & I wouldn’t know …. hmmmm … do you know what’s best here?!

    I made a lemon cake with coconut butter once and it tasted gak! Maybe in stuff with a less delicate flavour than lemon, it might taste less cloying? I must try something else ….

    Love reading your blog, keep up the good work! :)

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    Jo Reply:

    Coconut oil solidifies at under 24 degrees and will be liquid when it’s over 24 degrees. So there’s nothing wrong with your oil – it’s normal.

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    Li Reply:

    Thanks Jo!

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  • http://www.scandifoodie.blogspot.com Maria

    I am a total convert – cook and bake with virgin coconut oil, and it’s been the best cure for my dry skin over the winter. It’s also the best thing to remove make-up with! Even works for Ere Perez waterproof mascara.

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  • Li

    does anyone else know if its ok to use it if it liquifies and resolidifies? its a good quality organic virgin coconut oil/butter.
    also, does anyone use it topically on the face as say a night cream?

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    Louise (Table Tonic) Reply:

    Li, Apparently, it’s okay to use coconut oil on the body, but not on the face, where our pores are much finer/smaller, according to David Wolfe in “Superfoods”…

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    Li Reply:

    Thanks a mill!

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    jaymz Reply:

    Coconut is commonly used all over, particularly on face and hair, throughout coastal Papua New Guinea. Other Pacific Islands too, as far as I am aware. Anywhere the coconut grows it is home-prepared and has no chemicals.

    PNG travelers to AU always bring some with them for hair and skin.

    Anyone who has lived in the tropics uses coconut cream in cooking greens and other veggies for the rest of their lives. Out of a tin here, but fresh-prepared each meal in Paradise. [Don't buy tinned coconut MILK - it's mostly water. Insist on coconut CREAM for cooking.]

    For years we were told coconut was bad for cholesterol levels [same with avocado]. Just a new generation of nutritionists? Is this current information reliable? Or wait for a new story next year?

    Thanx for your blog. I’m just new but loving it already. I’ll be passing it on to family.

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    Mel Reply:

    I so and it’s lovely. You only need a tiny amt.

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    Eva Reply:

    Google coconut oil and acne. I use it on my face and I love it. It’s currently the only thing I use and my skin has never looked more natural and glowing.

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  • Jamie

    Great read Sarah! I have been using coconut oil on my skin & for cooking for about 6 months now, and am loving the benefits. I am a big fan of roasting veggies with coconut oil. It puzzles me though why you would add sugar in your recipe to the already beautifully sweet vegetable? I have been off sugar for ~6 months and really admire your passion and willingness to help others kick the habit also. As to why you would encourage using sugar in this recipe is so confusing! 2 teaspoons surely can’t make it taste a great deal different. I predict it will only lessen the nutritional benefits. So why add the nasty stuff? Am i missing something?

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    Elmo Reply:

    I was surprised to see sugar in that recipe too!!

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    mimm Reply:

    Me too, very suprised that you would be promoting your no sugar e-book and then give us a recipe with sugar in it. Love what you do, but it seems a bit wrong.

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    lizzymint Reply:

    Me too. I find I don’t want to put sugar – not even dextrose – into anything any more. sweet potato is sweet enough for me just as it is. So, what about coconut cream/milk? Is that good, too? Tried the CoYo coconut yogurt – very nice. And I love the idea of using coconut oil as an exfoliant.

  • http://emmakgray.blogspot.com emma

    I love coconut oil and coconut butter! I eat coconut butter every morning and it really starts my day off right…
    I do have low thyroid function and I am using coconut butter to help it improve….is there a certain amount that you would recommend someone eat daily if I can trying to improve my thyroid function?

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    jaymz Reply:

    what is coconut butter please?

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  • http://www.queenofsheba.com.au queenie

    Hi all

    Thought I’d jump in and answer a few of the questions above, for what it’s worth!

    Hydrogenated/non-hydrogenated – Both will be solid at room temperature or in the fridge, liquefying as they heat up. The difference is in the processing and extraction method. If the container doesn’t say ‘cold-pressed- or ‘virgin’ coconut oil, it’s a safe bet that it’s hydrogenated, which takes out the flavour and converts the fatty chains in the oil into something it’s best not to put into your body (like margarine).
    Price will give you an idea too. If it’s really cheap, it’s probably nasty.
    Try to store it somewhere cool, definitely out of sunlight. Where you keep your potatoes might be a good place to keep your coconut oil. Cold-pressed coconut oil can become rancid – in summer I keep mine in the fridge. It is safe to eat and use even when it’s liquefied – it’s just got a different melting temperature from olive oil. But to keep it fresh, do try to keep it cool.

    Things to do with coconut oil apart from eat it are: rub it on your skin, put it in your hair as a treatment or just a little bit on the ends to keep it from splitting, try oil-gargling with it, and, well, eat it. I eat it neat by the teaspoon!
    Lastly – brands…I think we should try to keep it in our area and support our Pacific neighbours. Some of the islands nearby derive a lot of income from coconut oil, so this is one place where keeping it local can really help. A company I really adore, (because the owner is a big spunk who walks his talk, but also because this company was one of the first to register for the Fair Trade Label in Australia) is Nui (www.nuicoconut.com). Beautiful oil. But sometimes difficult to get in regional areas like where I currently live…so the oil in my cupboard is Banaban cold-pressed, organic, extra-virgin Fijian coconut oil, also a very spunky company, available at lots of regular outlets and also at some of the Farmers Markets in inner-city Sydney (find the stall at the Marrickville Markets – they sell fresh, cold coconuts for drinking and slurping down!!)

    Hope this helps people! It really is gorgeous stuff.

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    Li Reply:

    Thanks so much queenie!

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    Heather Reply:

    Thanks Queenie!

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    liz Reply:

    what about coconut butter? the raw loving earth brand? It doesn’t say virgin coconut butter and so I am not sure?

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    Ktjane Reply:

    That’s the one I’m using too. I’d love to know if it’s ok or not. I presume it as it’s raw (I thought that meant not cooked, as in not heat treated. Plus it’s not cheap!)

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    Paula Reply:

    Hi! I am also using the raw organic Loving Earth brand of Coconut Butter. Does anyone know if it is a good one to use. I am too concerned that it doesn’t say “virgin coconut” anywhere on their lable.

  • Rosie

    I’ve been using coconut oil for a few months now. It might be my imagination but I’ve noticed in the last couple of days, since cutting out sugar that I don’t seem to have that slight feeling of nausea I was experiencing a couple of hours after having the coconut oil. Maybe my body is finally adjusting to it but I think the sugar might have been having an effect. I’m really pleased about this now since coconut oil has so many wonderful qualities!

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    Tarah Reply:

    Rosie, I’ve found exactly the same thing – feeling nauseous after eating coconut oil. I thought it was just because everything I cooked with coconut oil was so delicious that I was gorging myself… But maybe not?? Is it because it is so rich that we’d experience nausea after consuming?

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    Rosie Reply:

    Tarah, maybe it takes a little while for our bodies to adjust to the healthy fat. I’m not too sure but hang in there if you can, I think it will be worth it :-)

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  • alyssa

    Hi Sarah! I bought a copy of your ebook last night, but my computer won’t open the file. Would it be possible for you to email me the pdf to see if that works? Otherwise I guess I’ll need a refund if that’s ok.

    Thanks!
    Alyssa

    ps and I’m just commenting here since you said it’s the best way to reach you =)

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    Sarah Wilson

    Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson Reply:

    Hey Alyssa, email us at info@sarahwilson.com.au and Jo will fix you up. x

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  • Sasha

    Coco-beauty: organic oil mixed with magnesium (Epsom salts) and lemongrass essence used as a dry body scrub. Throw the rest of a kilo bag in the bath, jump in and soak for 20 mins. Coco Bliss!

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  • amy

    Yum! Looks delicious, going to try tonight!

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  • Chelsea

    Why does your recipe have sugar in it? I don’t understand…

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  • Freddie

    I’m going to jump into a bath tub full of the stuff now!

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  • Suse

    I’ve only recently started using coconut oil. Made an avocado and lime dessert pie with coconut oil in it… and discovered it’s awesomeness. I’m substituting it into everything now!!! Can’t wait to try this sweet potato/coconut oil recipe! Thanks Sarah!

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  • http://happyhealthyserenity.blogspot.com Nat W

    My new addiction is raw coconut butter. It is a mix of coconut flesh and coconut oil and is simply divine. It comes in a jar or individual serving sachets. I tend to eat plain but it can be used as a spread etc.
    Obviously it is high in ‘good’ fat, but also has an almost sweet flavour to it: the perfect dessert!

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    July Reply:

    where do you get this coconut butter from

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  • http://findingclairity.blogspot.com Clair

    I’m new to your blog and cannot tell you how much I love it! I spent a ridiculous amount of time reading your old posts and still feel like I want to go back and read more. So glad I found your space…thanks for such great insights.

    I love coconut oil as well, but find that (at least here in the US), it is super expensive. I use it as much as I can, but I have to admit that I turn to olive oil and canola oil more than I’d like. =/

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  • Karri

    I’m on week 5 of being sugar and gluten free. I went cold turkey and it was HORRIBLE. HAHAH! And my husband was like…”the journey of 1000 miles begins with 1 step.” And now he’s dead. ;)

    My coconut oil story is that I bought a huge jar of virgin coconut oil and it’s solid and I use it on my skin. Excellent for winter itch which is brought on by the cold winters in Canada.

    I’m not going to stay gluten free. I don’t have gluten issues. I’m just having a HUGE detox due to stomach/organ issues.

    Does being sugar free mean that I can never have chocolate again?

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  • Sharon

    Hi, I thought you could use it as a face cleaner. I’m pretty sure that’s what the lady said when I bought it.

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  • sarah m

    Hi, I’m also very confused as to why you have used sugar in this recipe!?

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    Beek Reply:

    ME TO!!

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  • Ash

    I’m having trouble finding coconut butter…the health food stores I’ve been to only stock coconut oil. Can anyone tell me where to get it in Melbourne?

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    Tara Reply:

    Hey Ash, not sure if you’re close to the city, but QVM Vitamins (Queen St, opposite Vic Markets) have the butter, as well as a host of other hard-to-find goodies like cacao nibs. Lovely people that own the store too – I’m not them, just a happy customer ;-)

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    Ash Reply:

    Thankyou…I will definitely check it out :)

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  • http://www.creativevoyage.co.uk m

    I use a lot of coconut milk in cooking does it have the same benefits as the oil?

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  • http://happyhealthyserenity.blogspot.com Nat W

    Ash,

    I have bought the Artisana brand or raw coconut oil in sachets online from Bioliving:
    http://bioliving.com.au/brands/artisana/organic_nut_and_seed_butters

    Some health food stores are starting to stock it now too.
    Good luck, it’s worth the hunt!
    Nat x

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    Ash Reply:

    Thanks Nat!

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  • http://www.memybestandi.blogspot.com Me my best and I

    Great re3cipe Sarah- I have sweet potato for dinner at least once a week and have a whole bucket of organic coconut oil I got in Vanuatu in my cupboard- isn’t a no brainer really!! I’ve been using the oil in my hair weekly as a mask and its doing wonders!! I’d swap the brown sugar for coconut sugar I think – keep it in the family!!

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  • Amanda

    Fantastic blog Sarah…always so many myths about Coconut Oil so great to clear it all up!

    I use Organic Virgin Raw Coconut Oil from Niugini Organics! It comes in an awesome glass jar and is from a local community in Papau New Guinea. It has a really great natural coconut flavour and the best quality one i’ve found so far!
    You can also buy it online at http://www.goodness.com.au

    Amanda xx

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    Ladymukk Reply:

    I just bought this brand today to begin my coconut oil journey. I think I may have been a tad over excited because I took a couple of sips just before bed and found it really hard to swallow and now I feel Ill. This brand was the cheapest at my health food store so I was a bit skeptical. It’s in the fridge at the moment because of our 40•c days here. I’ll let you know how I go!!

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  • Sophie

    I couldn’t find coconut oil in the supermarket, but bought the Parachute brand in the Indian shop which says it is 100% pure so hoping it is not hydrogenated. The bottle looks like a shampoo bottle. Only problem is the oil is so thick and the hole so small that I can’t really squeeze it out.

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    Arti Reply:

    Pop the bottle in the microwave for about 25 seconds and then it’ll pour right out!

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    Dianne Reply:

    Placing coconut oil in the microwave to liquify it is not recommended. Microwaving can kill the health properties in the oil. If you want to melt the oil, stand the jar in some hot water.

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    Dianne Reply:

    Coles supermarkets now sell Melrose organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil in the cooking oil section.

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    Dianne Reply:

    Correction… Coles sell Melrose organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil in the health food aisle, not the cooking oil aisle. Sorry.

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  • Sophie

    I also have a question about coconuts. Sarah, you talk about the benefits of coconuts in general, and I absolutely love drinking the juice inside and then eating the flesh. However I live in Adelaide so I never see fresh coconuts anywhere. Any reasons why? We get plenty of mangoes and pineapples here so just wondering why not coconuts? Do I have to go live somewhere more tropical to be able to enjoy coconuts or am I just looking in the wrong markets?

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    Suse Reply:

    Ditto. I live in country NSW and the last 2 times I’ve bought coconuts in Woolworths here they’re been rotten on the inside. I am just about to go and spend a month living in a remote village in the Solomon Islands. I can’t wait to get back there and have fresh fizzy coconut juice… and have it in all my meals again with fresh kuma… it’s what I’ll be living on! Would be great to have access to them here too!

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  • Naz

    Hi Sara,

    Just wondering what are your thoughts on Coconut Nectar used as a sugar substitute?

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  • red

    Your right about that i’m having the issue i get a rash from preservative 220 and a lot of dried coconut has this. I found some without it in Norton Street Grocer, but now i cannot find it again, i would be interested if anyone else has found any.

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    Amanda Reply:

    Honest to Goodness is Sydney sell preservative free Organic Coconut Desiccated and Flakes!

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  • http://theholisticchef.com.au Shakti

    i give workshops on the value of all things COCONUT – as mr wolfe says it really is a SUPERFOOD – all aspects, the flesh, the water, the oil….for all the reasons sarah has stated – it is most fabulous –
    i personally as a chef don’t really like the NUI brand, there is NUIGINI, LOVING EARTH, and a personal fave COCOPURE – they are a small business on the central coast of nsw – they source pacific coconut oils and also blend them with raw cacao, gojis, macadamias and the like to make yummy spreads – i find their oil to be a really lovely flavour. And as mentioned the stall at Marrickville Markets has an amazing range of all things coconut, the stall holder is a fijian and he and his wife source well, i currently have a 3 litre tub of their oil in use too….if you really want a good fix of fresh coconuts and you live in australia there is a company in sydney sourcing Far Nth Qld coconuts, just like the balinese ones, and they make a fresh coconut yoghurt using them – AMAZING – The Goodness Company – TGC – hope this at least helps the aussie readers – great post Sarah -thankyou x

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/janetwro Janet

    In the UK, I’ve only found there’s one coconut oil that’s very easy for me to get, and that’s KTC Pure Coconut Oil, which is a product of Sri Lanka. From what I’ve read, it hasn’t been hydrogenated, and you might be able to get it any of the places you might get food products imported from Asia in your local area. In London you might have other brands and options, but for anyone who isn’t in London, it’s the best one I’ve been able to locate.

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    Bettina Reply:

    I got a jar of KTC Pure Coconut oil from the Sri Lankan store down the street from me in Berlin, but it smells like cheap fragrance or deodorant–does yours smell like this?

    Otherwise, I think I’ll be switching brands.

    If anyone can recommend a good value brand for Germany, let me know!

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    Jon Law Reply:

    I investigated this KTC brand thoroughly and found out that it’s not hydrogenated – you can read about my investigation on my blog

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  • http://mrcellatwo.blogspot.com cella

    i love coconut and foods using coconut oil, coconut trees look pretty and your post is very informative! but i can’t help but feel slightly guilty when i look at them in a positive light since it’s one of the main reason for deforestation in indonesia and for the endangered status of orangutans (among other animals/plants).. do you know of any coconut oils sold that are sustainable?

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  • http://estrangedfamilies.wordpress.com/ Fiona

    I’ve been having a rather frustrating time of trying to figure out which coconut oil is good and which is not. I recently bought a rather pricey jar of Flannery’s Own Certified organic coconut oil and was feeling pretty good about using it. After reading here, I began questioning that.

    Whilst the Flannery’s ad extols the virtues of virgin coconut oil – there’s nothing on the jar to indicate to me that their product is at all virgin. http://www.flannerys.com.au/newsletters/html/800.html

    The jar says that the coconut oil is “refined”and that got my spidey senses tingling.

    What does it mean when coconut oil is refined?

    Wikipedia tells me that “RBD stands for “refined, bleached, and deodorized.” RBD oil is usually made from copra (dried coconut kernel). – bleached and deodorized!? That can’t be good for me!

    The dried copra is placed in a powerful hydraulic press with added heat, and the oil is extracted. This yields up practically all the oil present, amounting to more than 60% of the dry weight of the coconut.[14]

    This “crude” coconut oil is not suitable for consumption because it contains contaminants and must be refined with further heating and filtering.
    Another method for extraction of a “high-quality” coconut oil involves the enzymatic action of alpha-amylase, polygalacturonases, and proteases on diluted coconut paste.[15]

    Unlike virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil has no coconut taste or aroma. RBD oil is used for home cooking, commercial food processing, and cosmetic, industrial, and pharmaceutical purposes.

    On the surface refined coconut oil sounds great – no coconut taste or odour means it’s multi purpose. The fact it is also used for commercial food processing read: junk food and industrial purposes – is a turn off.

    It would seem that organic is not the criteria here – non-refined, pure virgin coconut oil would seem to be the health standard.

    Sad to toss the 12.99 dollar of oil into the garbage.

    Back to the drawing board to look for the healthy coconut oil!

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    Hannah Reply:

    Hi, I have been through lots of coconut oils and this is the one I trust:

    http://www.iherb.com/Nutiva-Organic-Extra-Virgin-Coconut-Oil-54-fl-oz-1-6-L/7311?at=0

    If you spend more than $60 your shipping is free, too. Not an add, I just like helping people who have the same questions I did a year ago :)

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    Bettina Reply:

    Thanks for sharing your research!

    KTC also says that their oil is ‘refined’. Now I know what to look for.

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  • Lou

    For any one who hasn’t seen the Sugar – The bitter truth video it is a real eye opener.

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  • http://www.foodiecure.com.au Becki

    I’m so glad you wrote this post Sarah. I bang on about coconut oil all the time too (even wrote my own blog post on it http://foodiecure.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/6-reasons-why-i-love-virgin-coconut-oil/) and this just affirms it even more for me as well as giving me some more info I didn’t uncover in my research on the topic.

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  • Tommie

    Help: I don’t know how much of the pressed coconut I should be taking. Does anyone know how much to take for a Hypothyroid. Or any other measurements. Or is the liquid oil better.

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  • lilani muhandiramge

    hi, where can i buy non hydrogenated coconut oil in melbourne, that is not expensive, the ones i have seen on line are like $50 per 1lt!

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    Davina Reply:

    Sprout organics on auburn rd hawthorn east sell raw extra virgin coconut oil 1l about $26.

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  • Jen

    I have just bought organic Spiral coconut oil, virgin/ expeller pressed. The manager of the health food store said it was the same as cold pressed. It has no gorgeous taste or smell. It was less expensive than the other brands. Now, after reading your comments, I am wondering if I should throw it in the bin? Can anyone help me with this?

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    shakti Reply:

    hey jen
    i am still getting the emails when someone responds on this thread!
    if it doesn’t smell all sweet delicious and coconut it has been processed either a lot or a little
    virgin coconut oil is the GO!
    i can highly recommend Cocopure or really any of the brands sold at the health food stores or if you have access to co-op in enmore you can get it from the bulk tub really affordably. Spiral sells a virgin one and the one you bought. For cooking the one you have is okay as it isn’t as strong, but for raw treats, on skin, hair and in smoothies only use virgin oils…
    hope this makes sense

    shakti

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  • Pamela Demaret

    I have been searching for info on coconut oil for some time. this is most informative and I have started using it and hope it does some good. I believe it will. have not seen or heard of coconut butter but will start looking around now

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  • Rachel Henderson

    Please can anyone tell me if this is safe to eat on the IQS program – Artisana Raw Cacao Bliss? It has Agave Syrup in the ingredients and which is fructose but the nutrition panel doesn’t tell me how much sugar per 100g. Can anyone enlighten me?

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  • Terrie

    Hey, I just love your site. You have such interesting posts and simply amazing recipes. I’m trying to improve my poor diet so, like you, I’m trying to cut out any/all process foods and unnecessary sugars I can. I’m diabetic and I’ve heard of how great coconut sugar/oil is for diabetics – but I was just recently diagnosed with fatty liver due to the poor diet I’ve had. With Fatty Liver you cannot have saturated fats (at least not much) so with that said, is coconut oil bad for that? I’m not sure if you’d know but I’d love to start using this more especially for the diabetes (which has been reversed thanks to giving up sugar and the processed foods, but you know, it sticks with you so you have to watch your lifestyle), I just don’t want to aggravate the Fatty Liver aspect of my health. Any suggestions/info on the matter?

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  • YZ

    Hi, I decided to give Coconut oil a try after reading all the benefits linked to it. I bought the Niugini (raw organic virgin) brand today and after cooking my food with it, I started to feel nausea. I used 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

    Is feeling nausea after eating coconut oil for the first time normal? I can tolerate coconut milk and cream so this sensation was quite unpleasant and strange.

    It’ll be quite upsetting if i can’t eat this product….might have to use it as a moisturiser instead?

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  • http://www.campbali.com alicia

    Hi all,

    CampBali brand pure organically grown Virgin Coconut Oil is now available via direct order in Australia. It is a fair trade org produced quality product with a pretty big following within the yoga and raw food health industry in Bali. They are now supplying internationally and five start spas are using it for skin treatments.

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  • Sue

    I don’t eat much fat at all, if l added 3 tbs of coconut oil per day, surely l would put on weight? I absolutely love it, and am sure it is very healthy, but l am truley worried of seeing it on my hips.

    Sue

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  • http://pinterest.com/praxisproject/ Praxis

    Folks in Melbourne can find virgin coconut oil at Coles, Woolworths & Go Vita health food stores. Check the country of origin & buy Asia Pacific if you can. Go Vita has loads of coconut stuff & things like cocoa nibs.

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  • peter

    why have you got sugar in your recipe, its poison. good to hear about how good coconut oil is , i love it.

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  • http://www.theparentingfiles.com.au Tahlia @ the parenting files

    Thank you for this recipe and coconut oil facts. I always knew it was good… but never this good :)

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  • Emma Kerley

    My Indian threading lady once suggested coconut oil to me to use as a mask on my hair. Being as bleach my hair, it can get a little dry and so I warm some oil up in the microwave (only so it’s liquid and not burny hot!) and apply it to my hair – over the sink as it’s a bit messy. I leave it on for about 15 minutes (or overnight in really dry cases) and it works a treat. Just shampoo and condition as normal!
    Em
    xxx

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  • Lakhesis

    I buy ALL my coconut oil/butter etc… products here:

    http://www.iherb.com?rcode=qep896

    Amazingly cheap and super-cheap shipping. I save loads off Aus. retail.
    They stock Artisana, Nutiva, Coconut Secret, etc…

    Coconut Secret are my have. Their bars and chocolate are INCREDIBLE!!!

    http://www.iherb.com/coconut-secret?p=1&rcode=qep896

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    Dear,
    I heard so many good thing about using coconut oil :) it is good for health, smoothern your skin, lips, a part of strongthern and fast growing hair and eyelash. I am currently using HAND MADE coconut oil- it is extra virgin coconut oil and CHEAP and thats work on my skin,
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    A Vietnamese friend at work told me that in Vietnam they use coconut oil to clean their teeth as it stops that “morning breath” . I have been brushing my teeth with coconut oil for 2 weeks and it’s amazing! Clean shiny teeth all day and no build-up towards the end of the day. AND, i noticed my tooth brush stays very clean!. Just place a bit on the teeth and brush away with warm water . I also use it to remove make up and do’nt need to moisturise my face at night as i don’t have dry skin . I use it on my body as well. Wonderful oil !

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