Coconut Oil... Is it really paradise in a jar?
One of the biggest changes in cooking in the last couple of years has been the re-introduction of coconut oil...
Billed & marketed as super healthy, good fats… many have rushed out to the local supermarket and purchased a jar of the new oracle of health.
At around £10 a jar, this super fat doesn't come cheap. But who cares when your purchasing something so amazing for us... I mean, we are only investing in our own good health right?
There I am in the supermarket, handing over a purple note for a couple of jars of coconut oil when I suddenly thought... What am I doing? What makes this so different to Extra Virgin Olive Oil? Why have I just shunned most amazing and diverse dietary oil out there…?
I decided to look into the two and seeing if paying double the amount for coconut oil was really worth it. What I found was astonishing.
So here we go;
When comparing coconut oil, it’s quickly apparent that it's not exactly the healthiest oil out there.
Check out how it measures up against the my favourite of all the fats... Extra virgin olive oil...
Extra Virgin Olive Oil wins the race of every single marker...
Fats, Vitamins & Antioxidants.
Not only does the olive oil come out champion in the above, it has a higher smoke point when it comes to actually cooking with the stuff too. (the temperature at which oils and fats smoke and become less healthy). Extra Virgin Olive Oil smokes at 410 degrees F, while Coconut Oil smokes at 350 degrees F. And you can drizzle it fresh over salads & veg too!
So that's better fats, vitamins, antioxidants, cooking and of course... PRICE.
Of course, coconut oil is great to use in recipes, especially when cooking asian inspired dishes. But, cooking every meal with it under the pretence that is better for you than Extra Virgin Olive Oil will most likely do the exact opposite.