Normally I'm quick to jump on the latest health bandwagon. I have the half-finished packages of chia seeds and quinoa in the back of my pantry to prove it. But for some reason I don't quite get the hype surrounding coconut oil.
Recently we were at Trader Joe's and I saw coconut oil for sale.
"Should we get some?" I asked Frank, thinking of all the lists I'd read touting the stuff.
"What for?" he asked.
I couldn't think of a single thing to say!
For cooking, I've read that coconut oil can be better than olive oil when you're cooking over heat. But I've also read that it's much higher in saturated fat, which makes me question whether it's really that much of an improvement. Besides, we've been getting along fine using olive oil and butter.
For personal care, I've heard a lot of people recommend coconut oil for things like moisturizing skin. But I've been using regular lotions, eye make-up removers, moisturizers, and so on for years, with no problems. And to be honest with you, the thought of using the same jar of oil for cooking and then turning around to slather it on my baby's behind grosses me out a little bit. I mean, is it a food or a personal care product?
I stood there racking my brains, but I couldn't think of a single convincing argument in favor of buying the coconut oil. And I haven't been able to think of one since.
I don't know, guys. Am I missing something? What can I use coconut oil for that I can't just use regular olive oil or personal care products for? I can't be the only person out there confused about the coconut oil craze!