Only at the Co-op: Coconut Oil and Coconut Butter
At our co-op, you can find Coconut Butter in jars, and Coconut Oil in bulk!
Coconut Butter is pureed fresh coconut and Coconut Oil is extracted, like peanut or almond or olive oil. The fibrous dry remains of extraction are Coconut Flour. Coconut oil is saturated and as such is solid at temperatures less than 70 degrees. Some manufacturers have separated out the saturated fats to be sold to the cosmetics industry and sell the unsaturated oil as MCT oil (a health supplement) or pourable coconut oil in a bottle for cooking.
Editor’s Note: With inspiration from Chris’ interview about fair trade coffee, we have included several recipes for coconut oil and coconut butter infused coffee. Variations of Bulletproof Coffee, both of these recipes integrate the health benefits of coconut as an alternative to butter. The winter winds can be felt nearby, so give them a try and stay cozy!
The smoke temperature of coconut oil is high so it’s a good choice for cooking at high temperatures. It’s also a good moisturizer for skin so there are benefits for your whole body, inside and outside!
Both the oil and the butter contain medium chain fatty acids, which are converted to ketones in the liver. Ketones are a source of energy for cells, just like glucose. There are many people who derive benefit from decreasing the amount of carbohydrates (which are metabolized as glucose) in their diet and increasing medium chain fatty acids:
-athletes and those who want to optimize cell nutrition
-People who are diabetic or pre-diabetic and insulin-resistant (meaning cells that cannot use insulin to take in glucose as fuel can recover function using ketones)
-People with Alzheimer’s and other types of memory loss and neurological challenges (brain as well as body cells can become insulin-resistant).
‘Although health experts recommend extra virgin saturated (like we sell in bulk—the saturated fats help with immunity) or MCT supplement oil (it has a greater concentration of the type of fatty acids that help with dementia), my father-in-law derived remarkable benefit related to neurological challenges by taking the unsaturated oil intended for everyday cooking off the grocery shelf!
Coconut oil feels like a superstar supplement in our culture because many of us are in the habit of eating too much carbohydrate and not enough healthy fat, and eating too frequently. Fasting, like coconut oil, generates ketones. This practice, which benefits physical and spiritual health, is part of most traditional cultures.
So in summary, for improved health, consider eating coconut oil and butter, or sometimes not eating at all!
MaryJo Johnson, L.Ac., LMT
Co-op Board Co-President