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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