Coconut oil: Oh so sweet

Like fashion, food trends are cyclical, and like the return of neon colors, coconut oil is back. It’s enjoying a momentary craze just as it’s water counterpart did last year!

There aren’t too many products that work as well in a frying pan as they do on the epidermis, but coconut oil is accomplishing just that. Revealed in the mid-1990s as the artery-clogging, cholesterol-raising secret behind the popcorn sold at movie theaters, coconut oil has made a comeback — and this time around, many are tabbing it as healthy and beneficial.

As you scan through this week’s trend, keep in mind the coconut oil found in stores today is not the same as 15-20 years ago when it was highly processed. Today, it’s far less processed, which makes it much more user-friendly and healthier.

Coconut oil is being widely used for different reasons. It cooks food beautifully thanks to it being able to withstand high temperatures, plus it doesn’t have the bitter flavor of some other cooking oils. Coconut flour, coconut butter, coconut milk and even the new ingredient for an ice cream base — coconut cream — are all trending extraordinarily well, but it’s the variety of uses for coconut oil that is taking it to the top of year-end trend charts!

In hotel kitchens, there is no reason not to add this wonderful product to your carousel of ingredients because it has a higher melting point than other cooking oils and it also boasts a high smoke point, making it a good fit for frying. A prominent executive chef shared he swears by it as it’s his secret behind his sold-out baked pastries, muffins and pancakes. He stated, “The fats in coconut oil are now your best friend, and guests need them for a healthy metabolism and to banish blood sugar cravings.”

If you Google “coconut oil” you will also be lead to believe it’s a wonder elixir. Uses were all over the board, although a few were backed up with concrete proof: 

  • Vegetable oil alternative
  • Sunburn care
  • Popcorn topping
  • Allergy rash reliever
  • Weight loss benefactor
  • Energy booster
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Stress reliever
  • Flu prevention
  • Memory recovery for Alzheimer’s patients
  • Shaving lotion/moisturizer
  • Lip balm
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Hair conditioner

With impressive testimony from those who study nutrition and countless consumer claims acknowledging its benefits, it’s astonishing it took so long for this miracle oil to make a return. Hopefully scientists will soon verify the beneficial return on investment so more can make the switch and enjoy the multiple rewards.

How about you? Any results you care to share about your coconut oil experiences?