Last Update: September 28, 2022
A mainstay of the healthy food scene, coconut oil has, in large part, risen to fame for its culinary versatility. It contains medium-chain triglycerides, which have been known to improve energy and raise good cholesterol (HDL). It’s flavor is subtly sweet and tropical, but not overpowering, making it perfect for sweet baked goods, smoothies, and the like. It’s completely dairy-free and vegan-friendly. And a high smoke point makes it ideal for baking, roasting, and sautéing. Even some movie theaters rely on coconut oil as the key ingredient for rich, nutty popcorn.
But the kitchen is only one room of the house where coconut oil can work its magic. Here we highlight several ways to put the stuff to good use—in and out of the kitchen.
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In addition to Thrive Market, Megan has written copy for brands like Armani, Alexis Bittar, Nine West, Equinox, Olay, and (even) Jim Beam. Her health, beauty, and lifestyle coverage has been featured in Refinery29, Black Book, i-d, and others. After moving from New York, she found her home in Santa Monica, where she lives with her dog and fiance.
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