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4 Best Uses for Coconut Oil

Though it's been getting a lot of press lately from the beauty world in particular, the uses of coconut oil are many and varied. Unlike so many one-trick-pony products you have lying around, coconut oil is a great multitasker! You can use it for everything from baking brownies and frying tostones to polishing leather and removing rust. Check out these 4 amazing household uses for coconut oil.

Cooking and Nutrition

Unlike foods containing long-chain fatty acids, pure coconut oil does not increase heart risk and cholesterol because it contains medium chain fatty acids that dissolve in the blood and are metabolized easily by liver. It reduces hunger and increases your energy expenditure, making it great for people who are looking to stay healthy. Though some suggest mixing it in to tea or coffee to attain these health benefits, we say incorporate it in to your cooking!

Coconut oil, unlike most plant-based oils, is a saturated fat, meaning it's solid at room temperature. Its chemical struture makes baked goods fluffy and moist and the oil can withstand very high temperatures when frying and grilling, making it the ideal low-cholesterol alternative to both butter and vegetable shortening. Oh, and did we mention it's gluten-free and vegan-friendly?

Don't know where to start? Try a Gluten-Free Coconut Lime Bread, a sweet Rhubarb Coconut Upside-Down Cake, or even in Spiced Mexican Brownies for a very subtle, coconutty flavor. Just remember: when making substitutions use 25% less coconut oil than the amount of butter called for.

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