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My Coconut Oil Love

*Photo Credit:  KSHAMICA MD BLOG

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked is why I use coconut oil in my baked goods and what the benefits are.  Well, I am a BIG fan of the stuff, so I want to break it down for you.

  • It can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
  • It has a saturated fat called lauric acid which has been know to increase good HDL cholesterol in the blood so it can also help restore normal thyroid function.
  • Coconut contains a special type of fat that reacts with the body and allows it to metabolize fat differently and has been proven to reduce abdominal fat in particular.
  • It moisturizes your hair and skin!  You can use it like a conditioning treatment in your hair…and it is lovely!

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Yes, it is true that coconut contains cholesterol, but it is GOOD cholesterol.  Yes, it has slightly more fat and calories than butter per serving…BUT it has SO MANY more health benefits.

So, buy some coconut oil and make one of these yummy treats!

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Cashew Muffins

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones


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Posted on October 28, 2013 by LindsayTarquinio · 2 comments

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  1. Dawn
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    You talk about health benefits of coconut oil, but none of the baking benefits!

    Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, like butter, but without the sticky milk solids butter has. That makes it ideal for creating a non-stick surface on a pan. It also adds flavor and is cream-able (meaning it can add air to baked goods) without unhealthy transfats (in Crisco, for example) or animal saturated fats (the bad kind, like in butter and lard). It’s also a dairy-free, nut free option for those who are allergic.

    If it weren’t so expensive, I’d use it all the time! Well, almost.

    1. LindsayTarquinio Author
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      Amen! Yes- SO good! I get mine at Costco. It is still more expensive than butter, but it is cold pressed virgin coconut oil and its about $12 for 54 ounces, so it lasts forever!

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