You may have noticed the rising trend in products made with coconuts over the past year and a half. You probably have seen and continue to see dozens of products like coconut extract, coconut oil, coconut milk. Just like greek yogurt, once suppliers saw it had a demand in the marketplace, they naturally went nuts creating every type of coconut product out there! But what are all these people making such a fuss about and is there really a benefit to coconuts?
Well yes and no… this nutritious food is high in vitamins and minerals. It may have been perceived in the past that coconuts had a lot of saturated fat however research has shown that its a fat of a different caliber. Similar to olive oil the health benefits far outweigh the negatives. Let’s take a look at some of the less traditional coconut items you see on the shelf today and whether or not they are worth those few extra bucks or are just a phase:
1. Coconut Milk It used to be the only thing you would picture when hearing coconut milk were those little cans in the Thai food aisles at your local grocer. We knew used sparingly they were awesome but they were also loaded with fat, calories, and sugar. @ell since then additional “coconut milk” variations have been created. Brands like “So Delicious” and “Blue Almond” have lines of milks and yogurt from coconut both flavored and unflavored. Best bet? Forgo the extra sugar and get the unsweetened kind.
2. Coconut Oil – Hair, body, cooking what can’t you use this product for? This is one of the most versatile products out there and can be used as a deep conditioner for hair. Slather some as a body butter on your body after a shower. Spoon it into your frying pan next time you cook, coconut oil is great at handling consistently high temps from the stove. This oil is even incorporated in some medical treatments.
3. Coconut Water – This flavored water comes from the center of young green coconuts. It has a high percent of potassium, sodium, magnesium and is fat-free. However please be aware that although the water is fat-free it is not free of calories. So trading your favorite sports drink for this water might not be your cup of tea.
These are just a few of the recent trending categories for products. Coconuts have been used forever in creating delectable desserts, garnishes dishes, and creating amazing soups. I will say if I could make a recommendation, grab a jar of coconut oil. My favorite store, Trader Joe’s, has a jar of coconut oil for like $5.99. Test it out and let me know what you think.
Have a coconut use or recipe you swear by? Let us know, we’d love to hear about it!
Written by Kimberly Hale
- Coconut Oil: True Love at Its Finest (optimalbeauty.org)