It tastes like the most delicious, decadent, oh-so-bad-for-you treat. Except, it’s not. It’s actually good for you. In fact, coconut butter packs a truckload of benefits.
What is it?
Coconut butter is called a ‘butter’ based on its texture, as it is creamier and more buttery than an oil. The oil is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within one hour of breaking the seal on the coconut shell. It is raw, light tasting and smooth.
Its many health benefit include hair care, skin care, regulating cholesterol levels, assisting weight loss, boosting immunity, improving digestion and metabolism, regulating high blood pressure, and lowering risk of heart disease.
How to use
One of the easiest ways to add coconut better to your diet is to use it as a replacement for processed oils and fats.
Use Coconut butter as a replacement to margarine and butter on sandwiches, add it to smoothies for a dose of healthy fats, or spread it on crackers and eat as is.
Coconut butter is considered to be one of the most stable oils. With a smoking temperature of 232 degrees Celsius which means it can be used for frying and baking. Coconut butter has a light and refreshing taste that will not over power your dishes, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications. Try it on homemade popcorn!
Improved cardiovascular risk factors
Including coconut oil in your diet reduces the levels of a substance called lipoprotein (a) that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease.
Strong immune system
Saturated fats found in coconut oil (lauric acid) play a key role in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize and destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Medium Chain triglycerides (MCT's) are abundantly found in Coconut Butter. Unlike other forms of fat, the liver is able to metabolise MCT's similarly to how it utilises carbohydrates as a fuel source. Coconut Butter's digestibility means that it is quickly absorbed by our bodies, and not left to circulate the blood stream like other fats. The MCT's in coconut oil have also been shown to support the thyroid and boost metabolism.
Coconut butter (along with other saturated fats) functions directly as signaling messengers that influence metabolism, including such critical jobs as the appropriate release of insulin.
Your brain is mainly made of fat and cholesterol. The lion’s share of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. A diet that skimps on healthy saturated fats like coconut butter robs your brain of the raw materials it needs to function optimally
Skin and hair
It can be used to moisturise the skin – simply apply some to your body after a shower for a soft creamy feeling. It is also used as a natural make-up remover.
Coconut oil is a great hair conditioner – apply generously before going to bed and wash it off in the morning for healthy and luxurious tresses.
Where to find Coconut Butter?
Pop into Live Well today to pick up a jar of goodness that is Coconut Butter. 450 ml for $15.90.
Or if you have a sweet tooth we stock the divine Coconut Chocolate Butter $175g for $10.90.