I love all things coconut. Young thai coconuts, mature brown coconuts, coconut oil, and in both savory foods and sweets. I truly think it is an amazing and healing food! Coconut is definitely a beauty food as well, one that can be used inside of the body and outside of the body as nourishment for the skin and hair. Coconut oil is by far one of the healthiest oils a person can consume with it’s high levels of anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial lauric, capric and caprylic acids.
Coconut oil consists of mainly medium chain triglyceride fatty acids, the majority being lauric acid, which assimilate very well and are easy for the body to burn as energy. In fact it is this fatty acid that is found in mothers milk, and has been shown to boost the metabolism and support the immune system. This fatty acid profile is rare in the plant world, as most plant oils contain the more delicate and heat sensitive polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats.
Also the medium chain saturated fatty acids in coconut make it the most stable oil to heat during cooking because it stays relatively stable and doesn’t turn easily into an oxidative free radical mess. Artisana made it easier than ever to get a whole food form of coconut in your daily diet. This butter is amazing because it can be used just like a nut butter, as a spread, blended into smoothies, soups, or desserts or just eaten plain. Like coconut oil it changes texture depending on the temperature, so in cold environments it will be harder and you’ll have to use a bit more force to get it out of the jar.
I like to break pieces off and eat as a snack, or crumbled as a topping to fruit smoothies and puddings. I even like it on my green smoothies along with hemp seeds and walnut pieces. Alone it has a mildly sweet, totally rich coconutty flavor. I haven’t tried it in any savory recipes, but I would imagine it would be amazing in a coconut thai soup with warming spices, ginger and lemongrass. It seems as though organic nut butters, especially almond, are getting more and more expensive these days, which to be honest was one of the main reasons i initially tried Artisana’s coconut butter. It is actually less expensive.
I am so thankful to have a whole food form of unrefined, cold processed coconut in my diet that contains all of the coconut not just the oil. And I don’t have to crack into a coconut myself!
Review by our very own Anna Hays.