Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Tradition. Click Here
I have to admit, before I started blogging, I'd never heard of Tropical Traditions and had no idea of benefits of coconut oil. Here's the info from their site:
"Virgin Coconut Oil is a food, and is one of the best cooking oils you can use. It has been a staple cooking oil for thousands of years in tropical climates. As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss. For hundreds of tasty recipes from people who use coconut oil, visit FreeCoconutRecipes.com."I received a 32 oz jar shown above and at first was clueless on how to use it. First of all, it is a white almost gel-like pulpy substance that smells strongly of coconut. At first glance, it doesn't look very appetizing.
They have a large list of recipes that I looked through and most that caught my eye required coconut oil or wheat flour which I didn't have. I decided for my first time trying it out, I'd make something very basic.
I peeled and cut about 5 potatoes and shook them in a container with a few tablespoons of the virgin coconut oil. I put that into a baking dish and added salt. I baked that for about an hour, mixing occasionally. The coconut oil made my entire house smell like coconut, which made me a little nervous about how my potatoes were going to turn out. I thought maybe they'd turn out sweet or that I'd put too much oil in with it.
Drumroll......they were actually really good. The taste wasn't much different than eating potatoes normally, but it had a slight taste of coconut which complimented it well. The smell of coconut remained strong as I was eating the potatoes which is great for me, cause I like the smell. The only adjustments that I would have made is to put a little more salt and a little less oil so that I wouldn't have a pool of oil in the bottom of the baking dish.
As far as the health benefits, that remains to be seen. I will continue to use it because I am a new fan and if it benefits my health, that'll be icing on the cake. For my next dish, I am going to try the coconut shrimp. That sounds easy to make and so yummy.
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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.