Recently I was sent a sample of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try. I must admit I was almost entirely unaware of the benefits of Coconut Oil but Tropical Traditions graciously sent me a book to read called Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people's lives and how it can change yours! The book is packed full of useful information and even includes yummy recipes. You can request your own copy of the book on their website.
Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is produced by hand in small batches by family micro enterprises in the Philippines. It contains high levels of antioxidants and is completely Organic.
C oconut oil is NOT destroyed or changed chemically in anyway from its original form by using low heat. Unlike other plant oils, the medium chain fatty acids are very resistant to any change via heat. Even commercial oils heated to a very high temperature have their medium chain fatty acids kept in tact. This makes coconut oil one of the best oils to use in cooking, because it does not break down easily.
We have been using this coconut oil in our cooking for the past couple weeks and we REALLY like it! First of all I adore the smell of coconut- it just smells yummy. We have found it delicious and easy to cook with. The health benefits are a wonderful added bonus :).
At first I was unsure how to use the coconut oil but I found this very helpful information on the website:
There are many ways to use coconut oil and incorporate it into one’s diet. Since it is a stable cooking oil, one can simply replace unhealthy oils in their diet with coconut oil. Since it is a solid most of the time at room temperature or when refrigerated, it can be a butter or margarine substitute for spreads or for baking. Any recipe calling for butter, margarine, or any other oil can be substituted for coconut oil. It is popularly mixed in with “smoothies.” Many people do eat it simply by the spoon full. If you refrigerate or freeze Virgin Coconut Oils the taste changes completely, and some describe it like a “candy” or “white chocolate.” Some people fill up ice cube trays with coconut oil and then store them in the freezer. Some people use it as a spread, many people use it with fruit smoothies, and a lot of people put it into their coffee or tea. Some people buy natural peanut butter, pour off the excess oil at the top, and mix in coconut oil in its place. There are also many FREE recipes here.
I did actually taste it right from the jar and it was smooth and lovely. Next I am going to try it frozen!