You might have noticed that we love making and using our own homemade coconut milk to add a sweet authentic flavor to many of our Thai dishes and curries. Well, we’re not the only ones who love coconut, and the milk isn’t even the best part! Here are 10 reasons to love coconut, coconut milk, and coconut oil!
Shredded coconut makes super delicious vegan milk! We love, love, love using coconut milk in our Thai curries and Thai soups! It’s also a delicious addition to smoothies, lentil soups, coffee, and more. If you’re looking for a dairy-free way to enjoy creamy sauces, soups, and beverages, homemade coconut milk is one of the best options. Our homemade coconut milk contains just two ingredients: shredded coconut and water!
Looking for an all-natural way to replenish your electrolytes after a long workout? Skip the artificial dyes and added sugars of sports drinks and go for natural, raw coconut water! Coconut water comes from the center of a fresh coconut, and tastes sweet and refreshing. It’s best super cold, and perfect after a long workout or a hot day at the beach. You can also use coconut water to make your own homemade sports drinks with the same levels of sodium and potassium. Drink it on its own, add it to smoothies, or combine it with coconut milk to make a Piña Colada!
Coconut Oil Has a High Smoke Point
When you started eating healthier, you may have thought your “fried” days were behind you, but with coconut oil, you can actually pan-fry donuts, fried rice, breaded chicken, eggplant Parmesan, and more! Oils cooked at high temperatures tend to break down, and we all know the problems with refined vegetable oils. However, coconut oil has a much higher smoke point, so when you just can’t shake the craving for tortilla chips, you can lightly fry your own in coconut oil. (And you should definitely use it to replace any and all margarine in your house!)
Can Improve Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients
In Alzheimer’s patients, certain parts of the brain seem unable to use glucose for energy. As a result, brain function declines with the disease. One treatment of this is to increase the body’s concentration of ketone bodies (which is often done with the ketogenic diet – also used to prevent seizures). Ketone bodies are three specific molecules known to supply energy to the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients.
Virgin (Unrefined) Coconut Oil is Cholesterol Free
After decades of fearing saturated fats, recent studies have shown that there’s nothing to fear after all, since saturated fats do not harm your cholesterol. The saturated fats found in coconut oil are actually credited with raising your “good” cholesterol (HDL)!
High Melting Point
Instead of using vegetable shortening in your baked goods, pastry crusts, and other snacks, try replacing it with the more natural virgin coconut oil! Its melting point is 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so unlike other oils, it is still solid at room temperature. You can use it to make a wide array of cookies, no-bake bars, energy bites, candies, and vegan piecrust.
It’s a Great Conditioner!
Many people shell out $25 a month on high-end conditioner, but that $9.99 jar of coconut oil from the grocery store works wonders on your hair, and lasts much longer! You can melt half a teaspoon of coconut oil and rub it throughout your hair for a quick conditioner, or coat your entire head with coconut oil and use it as a leave-in conditioner. Leave it in for at least an hour, but some people recommend using it overnight!
It’s a Great Moisturizer!
Yep, what coconut oil can do for your hair, it can also do for your skin and your lips. Use coconut oil as a daily lip balm to treat chapped lips and to avoid petroleum jelly and other artificial additives in commercial balms. You can also use a little melted coconut oil on your hands, elbows, knees, and feet to cure dry or cracked skin. One of the best methods to treat dry and cracked heels (runners’ feet!), is to rub a lot of coconut oil on your heels, then put socks on and let the oil soak in for several hours. You can keep applying every hour, and even leave the socks on overnight. (If you need a deeper moisturizer for very dry skin, rather than an everyday oil, try Argan oil.)
If you’re looking for a way to get your eyeliner and mascara gunk off your face, peek into the pantry for a small dollop of coconut oil. You can use your fingers, but the best method is to use a towel or facial cloth. It isn’t quite as fast as commercial makeup remover, but it is just as effective. It is especially great for removing eye makeup, and for sensitive skin.