7 Benefits of Coconut Oil You Weren’t Aware Of

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Coconut oil is all the rage these days. People are finding different uses for it each day from hair masks to skin moisturizers, but cooking remains the most popular and is on the rise. However, most people do not know just how many amazing benefits they are receiving from cooking with coconut oil rather than using other oils.

If you’re new to coconut oil, you’re probably a bit weirded out by its solid state. Yes, at room temperature coconut oil is a solid, and once it’s heated it melts into a liquid. It has a high smoke point and is better for cooking than alternative oils. This is due to its medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which do not break apart when heated to high temperatures. With an oil that has long chain triglycerides, like olive oil, these chains break apart and oxidize, which causes free radicals to form which can cause cancer.

Other than its enticing tropical smell and sweet taste, coconut oil is actually a superfood and can help prevent many illnesses and diseases. Take a look below to see how coconut oil can help your body.

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Partner Feature: Dang

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Looking for a healthy and tasty snack that will give you energy and leave you feeling satisfied? Meet Dang toasted coconut chips. Made from the nutrient-packed copra, or meat of the coconut, these toasted coconut chips are sliced out of mature coconuts then gently toasted until golden brown with a dash of sugar and salt. Dang was founded in July 2012 by Vincent Kitirattragarn after getting a recipe from his mother Dang (yup he named the company after her!) for one of her favorite dishes, Thai lettuce wraps, which happened to be garnished with these delicious coconut chips. He decided those coconut chips were too good (and healthy!) to keep to himself, so he quit his job in environmental sustainability research and started Dang the company.

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I Dream of Macaroons

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Our first Member Specials are here! We are so excited to be able to offer 100% raw organic chocolate macaroons made exclusively for the Tasteful Pantry by one of LA’s best (in our opinion, THE best) vegan restaurants, Café Gratitude. Made from the finest all-natural ingredients, this delicious chocolate macaroon will envelope your taste buds with its rich chocolate flavor and hearty coconut texture.

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