Coconut Oil: Is It The Best High-Temperature cooking Oil?

Cooking according to paleo guidelines may seem to be difficult because of the diet’s specific cooking fat requirements. The most common of these is without a doubt coconut oil. Coconut oil may or may not be difficult to find in your local food stores, if it’s easy to find, good for you! For the rest of us, we’ll have to search alternate places for our coconut requirements!

Why Coconut Oil Is Great For Cooking

Coconut oil is rich in three acids effective in treating a multitude of conditions which are either “naturally” developed, or externally developed in the body. Coconut oil is regarded unofficially as being a mircale food which can treat everything from skin conditions such as acne to lowering the symptoms of HIV. The HIV bit I’m not so sure about, however I am aware of the benefits of coconut oil in cooking.

Coconut oil is largely non-genetically modified, and as such is much more balanced in terms of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. Also, because vegetable based oils actually oxidise when exposed to heat, they are actually pretty bad for your body. Vegetable based oils rich in omega 6 fatty acids, and because of their large rate of consumption in modern culture, contribute to omega 3 and 6 imbalances.

Enter coconut oil, none of the degenerative properties of vegetable oils and olive oil, all while maintaining an amazing level of stability with heat. Coconut oil is simple to digest, rich in omegas and helps in lowering cholesterol. 

 

Coconut Oil vs Olive Oil

Coconut oil beats olive oil initially in that it has a better balance of saturated fats. Also, because of the trans fat free cholesterol found in coconut oil, the body promotes a healthier balance of good and bad cholesterol. Coconut oil promotes better cholesterol metabolism so the “bad” cholesterol is dealt with more effectively. Due to the fact that olive oil has a lower smokeing temperature than coconut oil, coconut oil is the logical choice when being used for heat based cooking. Olive oil on the other hand should be used for cold meals such as salads etc.

Another reason vegetable oils aren’t that great for you is that when heated and broken down somewhat, they can promote blood platelet stickiness. This is bad as your platelets are required for the repair of cuts and bruises, being involved with the reperation of tissue as well as being responsible for the stopping of bleeding. Olive oil and coconut oil share a similar amount of calories per 100ml; 890 and 892 calories respectively.

When choosing oils one should always ensure that virgin or extra virgin varients are used. This is related to the process of preperation of the oil and generally signifies a level of the highest quality obtainable.

 

Where Can I Buy Coconut Oil?

Well, online of course! Check out the below selection of high quality coconut oils available online:

 Nature’s Way Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Certified organic
  • Hexane-free
  • Non-bleached
  • Unrefined.

Click here for pricing information

 

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Certified organic
  • Hexane-free
  • Non-bleached
  • Unrefined.

 

Click here for pricing information

 

Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil 100% Organic Extra Virgin

Again,

 

  • Certified organic
  • Hexane-free
  • Non-bleached
  • Unrefined.

Click here for pricing information

 

Coconut oil is also great for desert making. I know of a great coconut ice recipe that is as close to paleo as you can get!

Keep well!

Andrew.

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