Coconut Oil Benefits

Coconut Oil Benefits

Coconut Oil Benefits – What’s everyone talking about?!

I don’t know about you but everywhere I look, everything I read & watch,  seems to be all about coconut?! Coconut oil benefits in particular! 

Whether it be Coconut Water, Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk or Coconut Beauty Products – just flipping everything!

So let’s have a look at COCONUT!

Let’s see if we can see what the hype is all about!

AND is it possible to get past the ‘very high fat/calories’ in our heads  and just concentrate on the health benefits?

It’s a toughie!!!

coconut oil and fresh coconuts on old wooden table

So I did A LOT of research and these are my findings in a nut shell:

Coconuts & Coconut Oil 

The coconut is very versatile.  

This little beauty has many uses and you can use all of the coconut for something, yes really! You can find it throughout the tropics and subtropics.

Coconuts are part of the daily diets of many people.

Coconuts are very different from any other fruits as they contain a large quantity of “water” and  before they mature are  called tender-nuts or jelly-nuts (cute) and  often harvested for drinking.

When mature, they still contain some water and sometimes  used as seednuts or processed to give oil from the kernel, charcoal from the hard shell and coir from the fibrous husk.

The endosperm is initially in its nuclear phase suspended within the coconut water.

As the development continues, cellular layers of endosperm deposit along the walls of the coconut, becoming the edible coconut “flesh”. When it’s been dried, the coconut flesh is called copra.

The oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking and frying; coconut oil is also widely used in soaps and cosmetics.

The clear liquid coconut water within is potable.

The husks and leaves are often used as materials to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. The coconut also has cultural and religious significance in many societies that use it. (Wikipedia)


Coconut Water

It is low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free, it has more more potassium than four bananas, and it’s super hydrating (something to do with electrolytes)

These are just a few of the many benefits of coconut water.

So that’s why everyone seems to be drinking it!


Coconut Milk / Creamed Coconut

The Milk  and Creamed varieties are made in a way very similar to milk. The flesh (the white part) is grated and soaked in hot water. The coconut cream rises to the top and can be skimmed off.

The remaining liquid is squeezed through a cheesecloth to extract a white liquid that is coconut milk.

By repeating this process, the coconut milk becomes thinner.

The thicker version is often  used for desserts and rich sauces. Where as thin coconut milk tends to be  used for cooking in curries and soups.

It very popular to use in vegan cooking and is lactose free – so super useful for lactose intolerance


Coconut Oil – the unprocessed raw virgin stuff

Now this is where it gets really interesting for a food blogger like me! I’ve personally used both Lucy Bee’s and Vita Coco, both really good!

This oil has  fabulous health benefits (so they say) BUT it is massively high in fat! But it’s good fat – apparently?!

It’s the richest source of saturated fat know to man! Eek.

The saturated fats however are not like the ones in cheese and red meat,  they are a different type know as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and they are metabolised differently by the body, this is what I have read anyway. 

They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on all sorts of illnesses ( ??? )



I have also read that these MCT’s can also help you burn fat! Really?

Sounds good to me!

Also I have seen that these MCT’s can have an effect on killing harmful pathogens and thus help to fight infection. All sounds good doesn’t it.

The fatty acids in coconut oil can also reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term. AND the best thing about all of this is the oil tastes amazing!

Just ‘punch’ coconut oil’ into your internet browser and you’ll see a LOT of health benefits popping up!

It’s really great for frying, baking and generally where you would normally use butter! So why not!

Also it’s so useful in a wide range of Beauty stuff – hurrah! More uses!


Coconut Oil for Beauty benefits:

1. Makeup Remover – make up melts away – even waterproof makeup

2. Lip Balm – great for really chapped lips

3. Body Moisturiser / Body Oil – just slap it on after a shower, you’ll also smell divine and it’ll remind you of holidays!

4. Breath Freshener – the oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Gargling for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil (a.k.a. oil pulling) can help clear up germs in the mouth, leading to fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier gums. (I myself haven’t tried this one yet – Eek)

5. Undereye Cream – Don’t want to spend the extra money on eye cream? Use a dab of this oil on undereye bags and fine lines. It’s light enough for the most delicate skin on your face.

6. Night Cream – Pop some on your face and hit the sack. The antioxidants are great for those lines

7. Leave-in Hair Conditioner -Hydrate dry hair by using this wonderful oil as a leave-in conditioner. Apply a small amount to wet strands to seal in moisture. I’ve also put it on the ends – tied my hair up and gone to bed. I just washed my hair the next day and it was so shiny and hydrated. It also helps to keep the frizz at bay

8. Itch Relief – it’s great for Burns, bug bites, and bruises,  it soothes easily with a topical balm of coconut oil.

Thee are stacks of ideas including shaving cream , deodorant – you name it! Have a look!


Easy peasy lemon squeezy

So how have I been using this infamous ingredient!

Well I have developed my ‘I should Coco Bars! recipe opposite and here, and boy are they good.

Breakfast Bars made using coconut oil

I tend to also use if for frying in my savoury dishes.


Other Recipes Using Coconut oil 

It’s really good in my Easy Chicken Curry where I substitute the olive oil for coconut oil, you can use it almost anywhere!

Best Chicken Curry


Chocolate Coconut Bars 

My Lovely Blogging friend Sarah – ‘Tales from the Kitchen Shed’ has also shared with us her Chocolate Coconut Bars

(below – yum yum yum) Sarah’s Tales from the Kitchen Shed  

Just click through to this lovely recipe!



I also  use the Oil in my hair and on my skin quite regularly now! And I will continue.


So in essence I’m all for this new ingredient  malarky!

And I will continue to try and use this oil in my cooking!

Have you any comments – tips – recipes?

I would love to hear – please drop me a comment below

I do so love your comments!




  1. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    You would never know that coconut could have so many uses! What an interesting and informative post, particularly about how coconut oil works as a good fat. Thanks for including my Chocolate Coconut Bars Clare x

    1. Thanks for letting me! They look amazing! Simply dare not make at the moment as I think i would eat them all! And Sarah please feel free to use the post however you like Cx

  2. Katherine Morfin

    Really informative it’s amazing how many uses coconut has! I have only ever used coconut milk in my curry, would really like to try coconut oil especially for my hair, can you buy the oil in the supermarket? X

    1. yes lovely you can in some – if not a health food store. It’s white and solid Cx

  3. Hi, I use coconut oil all the time, but have never cooked with it! I use it all over and I don’t know if you’ve noticed,but it doesn’t seem to stain clothes like other oils (before discovering coconut oil I used olive oil, which is much thicker, doesn’t smell so nice and stains clothes!).

    I have a jar in the kitchen and in the bedroom, I really should try cooking with it!


  4. Joanna @mumbalance

    That’s a very informative post. I use coconut milk the most, as my husband likes thai curries.
    The only thing that bothers me is that I live in UK and coconuts don’t grow in Europe, so they do have a lot of airmiles attached to them…

  5. Angela

    I LOVE this post! I have been on the Coconut Oil bandwagon for some time now and I really love it for baking, sautéing, & roasting! It has such a unique flavor and my kids like it too! I use it to pop their popcorn and they love it! Hoping that all of the health benefits are true!!! 🙂

  6. I love Coconut Oil and try to use for many of the things you listed in this post! Yes, it really is also a great nighttime moisturizer! Those coconut bars look super delicious! I have never heard of Apesnacks but it’s time I need to check it out! Great post! Love everything coconut! Pinning and stumbling!

  7. Use coconut oil every day to take make up off! Love it ?

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