Should you be Cooking with Coconut Oil?
We’ve gone Coco-loco!!
I should have bought a plot of palm tress years ago!!
I could have retired by now!!
You can even buy coconut oil specifically for cooking, or specifically for the body, or specifically for babies, or specifically for oil pulling. Am I missing something here? Aren’t these all just coconut oil?
I’m not against coconut oil… I use it myself. I just find it really quite ridiculous what we do to food.
When was the last time you bought an actual real life coconut?
People are becoming really health conscious these days, which is awesome, but sometimes we just go with the flow, follow the herd, and don’t question why we do things. Using coconut oil for cooking is one of these things people haven’t stopped to question.
Different oils have different compositions, which make them more or less tolerable to heat.
This is called the flash, or smoking point. The higher the smoking point, the less chance for oxidization.
There have been studies  to show that coconut oil is a safer oil to use for cooking compared to butter, extra virgin olive oil, corn oil, and sunflower oil, because it releases less quantities of toxic aldehydes. But this was done using a temperature of 180°C.
The smoking point for these oils are as follows;
- Sunflower Oil – 107°C
- Butter – 150-175°C
- Corn oil – 160°C
- Extra virgin olive oil – 160°C
- Coconut oil – 177°C
Coconut oil is seemingly the winner! But wait… who routinely cooks below 177°C?
If you’re frying up some din dins are you notice your coconut oil is smoking….. that’s not the magic elixir of good health and longevity. It’s a warning sign, don’t eat it! There are better alternatives.
Here’s a list of other oils that have a WAY higher smoking point, so are safer to use than coconut oil when cooking with higher temperatures (average frying temperature is between 150-200C)
A good tip for meal time is to add a heap of antioxidant containing foods to help buffer any possible release of free radicals caused by the oxidization of cooking oils. This goes for eating meat as well. After all, meat is a very high source of oils in itself.