Coconut: Those who know me, even just a little bit, know that I HATE coconut. I mean, the smell, taste and texture. I even would tell people I was allergic to it, I disliked it so much.
Then… I went Paleo. Holy crud, the stuff is EVERYWHERE. Almost every recipe I find on the Paleo and Primal sites has coconut oil, milk, cream, flour, sugar, meat, flakes… you name it, it's in there!!
So… after 3 months of being Paleo, I bought flour. I made pancakes. They didn't taste like coconut!! AND, the best part? I GOT TO EAT PANCAKES!!! Next, I made (or tried to make) bread… well, I'll redo that sometime after I get arrowroot powder as you CANNOT (contrary to what I found online) substitute 1:1 arrowroot powder with Xantham gum…
Next, I found coconut oil in the grocery store… poured some in the pan for frying up some fish fillets and, though it stunk like a beach, there didn't seem to be any coconut taste on the fish!!
I have milk and cream in my pantry now… just waiting to find the right recipe to try. I'll definitely post whatever I make with it. I may do a pumpkin pie recipe I found online… we'll see.
So, why coconut?? How the heck does it make into flour, oil or sugar?? Isn't it the 'bad' oil that theaters banned?? Let's check it out what the Coconut Research Center has to say about Coconut (I'm being lazy, so the below is directly from their website, which you can link to above):
Coconut(Cocos nucifera) The Tree of Life
The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means "monkey face" because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means "nut-bearing."The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a
WOW!! Now, isn't it worth me looking into how my body could benefit from all coconut has to offer?? (I'd call this a 'no-brainer' and say "YES") Specifically look at the oil from the coconut. Banned by theaters… makes no sense to me!! (the below is again from the CRC website, but the bold type is my emphasis and the photos placed by me)
Next, you have GOT to read this article: How a PR Campaign Led to Unhealthy Diets By Beatrice Trum Hunter It is WAY too long for me to post on this blog, but is truly worth the read. WHY did theaters start banning it from popcorn and using vegetable oil instead? Vegetable oil that oxidizes at high heats (yep, those needed to pop open a kernel are pretty high) and are polyunsaturated fatty acids, which we are learning are not healthy for our bodies.
Well, that's all for today's blog… I hope I've changed your mind about the humble coconut and that you'll join me on my journey to explore it's place in my (and your) diet.