Though once dismissed for its high fat content, we now know this is the good kind of fat — the kind often linked to weight loss. To add this beneficial oil to your diet, try substituting it where you normally use cooking oil, butter, or even coffee creamer. Because coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, your body metabolizes it quickly — it also acts as a blood sugar stabilizer and disease fighter! So give your latte a tropical twist, drizzle it on your popcorn, or use it in the cupcakes you’re making for your BFF’s birthday . Hellooo, bikini bod.
I first started to use coconut oil as makeup remover — which works like a charm btw — but now I literally use it all over (TMI?). Face & body moisturizer, split end serum, lip balm, you name it. I’ve also read about less glamorous uses, like insect repellent, deodorant, and dandruff relief. Bonus: you’ll smell like you just got back from an exotic vacation.
My favorite oil is the organic virgin coconut oil from Trader Joe’s (pictured above). It’s only $5.99 for a big jar aka it lasts forever — I’ve had mine for a few months now and it doesn’t even look like I’ve used any. Sold yet? Head on over to Trader Joe’s or order a jar from amazon here.
What are your favorite uses for coconut oil?
(image source: traderjoes.com)