I have never tried Coconut Oil before. I have used it a few times with friends and watched them cook, put on their skin or even hair. I have heard of the many benefits of coconut oil such as it is great if you want to eat healthier, burn fat naturally, maximize your immune and digestive system, improve your blood pressure or healthy cholesterol levels, manage weight, increase your energy, reverse damaged hair, and even get rid of wrinkles with super moisturizing for your skin in a non greasy feeling. We eat very healthy in this house. My oil of choice is a cross between sometimes Olive Oil and sometimes Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Perhaps it's the Italian in me, but that is what I was brought up to use. Since moving to the south I have come across many recipes that use shortening. I am not a fan of shortening, in any form, I do not like the taste, it has no health benefits, (just the opposite) and the composition of it is horrible. So when I decided to try out Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil I was going in blind and even asked for help with recipes from all of you.
Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is 100% pure and organic. It is also 100% safe and natural as well as vegetarian, vegan, celiac and diet friendly. The coconuts are hand picked from Fiji. Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is pure, unrefined, cold pressed, non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, low carb, and USDA Certified. It has no gross tastes or smells and no side effects.
I figured if I was ever going to try coconut oil Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil was the one I was going to pick for it's all natural properties. Here is my opinion the new coconut oil "food fad" that is sweeping the nation. I liked it a lot I used it in my hair, on my skin. I also sauteed vegetables in it (thanks to a friends recommendation). For cooking purposes they recommend using coconut oil in place of regular oils in cooking, baking or frying. So I tried it in place of shortening in a banana bread recipe I found and rewrote my own way. I usually do not put shortening or oil in my banana bread. This time instead of the shortening recommended I put the coconut oil. I will admit I hate coconuts. I do not like the smell or the taste, but I was willing to try this anyway, because of that. None of the times I used it did I even smell a coconut. To me, it smelled like a regular oil that is a little lumpy as well. It is an odd consistency but still easy to cook with. My banana bread came out extra fluffy and moist and I was very pleased with it.
All in all I was pleased with Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I had no idea it had so many uses and it was easy to substitute for just about anything. Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil comes in a 16 fl. oz. plastic tub and costs $19.95 a price I found very reasonable considering all the things you can do with it!
I have to admit though I did not like it better than my olive oils and I will happily use the rest of this coconut oil, but I like the smell, taste, texture and uses of olive oils much better than coconut. So I do not think it is a very necessary item, but one that I think if you would like to try coconut oil Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a great one to try out. Next Generation Stay At Home Mom gives Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 3 Stars!
If you would like to purchase your own 16 fl. oz. tube of Paradise Extra Virgin Coconut Oil you can by going to Amazon and purchasing it for $19.95.
Check the blog next week for my Coconut oil banana bread recipe!
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