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There are many ways to take coconut oil. Coconut Oil may be taken in capsule form, straight from the jar, with juice or smoothies, or used in cooking. No one way is better than the other and each method boats the same nutritional benefits. Here are some ideas:
Capsules: There are many coconut oil capsule supplements available on the market today. These make coconut oil easy to take for those who like to avoid or dislike the taste of coconut. Pros: You can take it when you take other vitamins or supplements without changing routine. Coconut Oil taken with vitamins A, K, D, and E may increase absorption. Supplements are an easy way to avoid the taste and consistency of coconut oil. Cons: Expensive. Some capsules may also be too large and hard to swallow.
Straight from the jar: Scoop it up by the spoonful and take it straight out of the jar. For those just starting to supplement, this may not be ideal, but for coconut oil veterans it may be the most cost effective and easiest way to take coconut oil. Pros: Much cheaper than taking in capsule form. Cons: You have to deal with the taste and consistency of swallowing plain coconut oil.
Freeze: Coconut Oil may be wrapped in wax paper or candy molds and frozen. Some people report that freezing coconut oil makes it tastes like white chocolate. You may also add coconut oil to any homemade ice pop or freeze recipe. A good way to incorporate it into your favorite ice pop or freeze recipe it to replace an equal amount of water or yogurt from the recipe with coconut oil. Pros: Cheaper than supplements. Adds a fun, unique flavor to ice pops. Cons: You may not like the taste of coconut oil. Coconut Oil wrapped in wax paper or candy molds will melt if not eaten quickly.
Juice or Smoothies: Add ½ teaspoon or other desired amount to room temperature juice, mix well, and drink. For smoothies add desired amount and blend or mix. Pros: Cheaper than supplements. Adds flavor to juice or smoothies. Cons: If Juice or smoothies are too cold it may harden the coconut oil and cause uneven consistency. Some people may dislike the oily consistency it may add to juice.
Cooking: Replace oils or butter in favorite recipes with coconut oil. Pros: Adds a coco nutty taste to food and recipes. You don’t have to deal with capsules. Cons: Heating above 350 degrees Fahrenheit will destroy the nutritional quality of coconut oil. Recipes and cooking methods may be limited due to this. Oil may also stick to pan, harder to determine exact amount your getting especially if you share meals.
Butter Replacement: Replace butter, margarine, or other spreads with coconut oil. As long the temperature stays under 76 degrees Fahrenheit the coconut oil should maintain the same consistency as butter and can be put in a butter dish and left out. Pros: Easy way to get coconut oil. Great alternative to unhealthy spreads. Cheaper than supplements. Easy to measure amount. Cons: Will melt if room temperature gets too high. Some people may not like the taste of coconut.
Bruce Fife is one of the world’s leading experts on Coconut Oil and founder of The Coconut Research Center. In “The Healing Miracle of Coconut Oil,” Bruce describes the therapeautic properties of Coconut Oil and offers a nutrition plan with dozens of tasty recipes that will allow anyone to experience the healing miracles of what he deems, “The Perfect Food.” This book is an invaluable resource for anyone beginning to supplement their diets with Coconut oil, or Coconut Oil enthusiasts just looking for more information. It includes a terrific nutrition plan and many great tasting recipes that will allow you and your family to enjoy the many health benefits of Coconut Oil.