Coconut oil and whole coconut products that contain coconut oil are nature’s best source of lauric acid. Lauric Acid is an essential saturated fatty acid that enhances the immune system and protects us against viruses, yeasts, parasites and other pathogens in the gut.
Coconut can be added to your diet in a variety of ways.
Coconut Oil: Use coconut oil in recipes and other baked goods. (Read about the benefits of cooking and baking with coconut oil here.)
Creamed Coconut: Found in the refrigerated section of Asian and Indian markets and in some health food stores, creamed coconut is made of finely ground fresh coconut meat with all of its valuable oil. You can add it to broths, soups, sauces and curries. It is a wonderful product that imparts rich texture and true coconut taste to main dishes and desserts.
Canned Whole Coconut Milk: A good substitute for creamed coconut. Canned Coconut Milk can be found in most grocery stores. Look for a brand that contains no additives and be sure to buy whole, not lite. Add to broths, soups, sauces, curries, smoothies and blender drinks. I also whip it up to make a thick cream to put on top of berries for a delicious dessert.
Coconut Flakes: Found in most health food stores. You can buy it shredded or in flakes. Use as topping and in desserts. They also go great in pancakes or waffles. I like to eat the flakes plain, if I’m craving something sweet. Avoid the coconut flakes sold in grocery stores. They are loaded with sugar.