Tropical Traditions contacted me and asked if I would like to do a review of their 32oz. Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. After doing some reading on their site I was intrigued and agreed. I’m always up for trying
new ways to be more healthful- both for my weight and for my family’s overall health. This is one thing that really stood out to me from their website:
As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss.
Upon re-reading- I learned that coconut oil is high in antioxidants – which is one of the most common words I myself hear in advertising for almost any food or beauty product these days. They are good for you, after all! But if I can find a simple way to add more healthful “stuff” into my family’s body without effort? Sign me up!! This Mama loves a bargain, yes…but This Mama loves easy even more.
Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid (I haven’t heard of it before either, don’t feel bad if you haven’t either). But lauric acid helps support the immune system! It’s also found in breast milk.
After reading all of this, me, the picky eater who hates trying new foods, decided to go for broke. I headed to the recipe site linked from Tropical Traditions’ page and we decided (since this arrived on a Thursday) that for our Saturday morning baking time with the kids (tradition- we make pancakes “from scrap” as Busy says…all of us, together…) we would try the pancakes. Honestly, I was afraid the flavor of the coconut might be strong and figured putting syrup on top might drown it out if I didn’t like it.
Turns out, I didn’t really need to worry. The flavor isn’t very strong, and I actually liked it!! Not a ton, (although I bet chocolate chip waffles with coconut oil might be one of the best breakfast foods EVER), but well enough.
I think coconut oil may be a product I find myself reaching for more and more, especially in the summer months when I’m wanting a more tropical feel at dinner. I find myself wanting to try to cook some pineapple, too!
This video is kind of neat and explains a lot:
How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil – An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h6eycjf29M
Tropical Traditions has generously offered a jar of the 32 oz. Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to one of my readers!!
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