There’s no better way than eating coconut oil raw to reap the most health benefits out of it. That’s because heat may destroy some of its health-promoting nutrients. With that in mind, here are the few good ways to enjoy coconut oil in its most natural raw form.
1. Eating Coconut Oil on Its Own
When your stomach is empty and you take coconut oil internally fresh out of the jar, you might end up with bad runs.
Yes, when there’s nothing in your stomach to slow the digestion of coconut oil, it quickly splits into its individual fatty acids and glycerols that stimulate bowel movement.
If you really prefer eating coconut oil raw for health benefits that way but yet you do not want to upset your stomach, then you must make sure your stomach is not empty. That means, you must consume something first before you ingest one or two tablespoonfuls of coconut oil.
In essence, never take coconut oil on an empty stomach unless you desperately need coconut oil to relieve constipation.
2. Adding Coconut Oil to Beverages
Many people are stirring coconut oil into their coffee to pep themselves up in the morning.
However, if coffee isn’t your cup of tea, smoothies, juices, soy milk, brown rice milk or almond milk are great choices to which you can add coconut oil. It simply makes your drinks healthier.
If you simply mix into the liquid, you’ll probably see a layer of oil floating on top. It looks kind of yucky. Try to focus on its benefits rather than the overall appearance and you should be fine.
Oh, here’s at least a workaround to help the smoothies look less greasy. Blend coconut oil together with the fruits and vegetables and it’ll give you a supercharged smoothie without an oily aftertaste.
3. Pouring Coconut Oil over Food
Yes, just pour coconut oil over any food on your dining table, regardless of whether the food is cooked (like brown rice) or raw (like salad) and mix them well.
Speaking of salad, if it’s chilled, then coconut oil may form into snow flakes. Because it begins to solidify below 76 °F. A simple workaround is to mix coconut oil with olive oil. This lowers coconut oil’s melting point so it won’t solidify easily.
Some people feel that adding to cooked food defeats the purpose of taking coconut oil orally for health benefits. This is because some coconut oil would have lost to the surroundings when they rise with the steam from the food.
Well, if you’re concerned about that, then wait till the food becomes less hot before pouring coconut oil over.
How do you "pour" coconut oil? It is generally solid; unless my kitchen is EXTREMELY hot.
Carly Fraser says
That is correct – you would have to heat it in a little pot to make it pourable.
Soon Chai says
You can also immerse your jar of coconut oil in warm water to melt it.
Anwar Saleem Chaudhary says
I checked my suger level after get up from bed, after taking a coffee cup with a spoonful of extra virgin coconut oil my suger lever slightly increased and I wonder why?
Carly Fraser says
Fat can sometimes block the absorption of sugars in the body, so it might have had this effect.
Soon Chai says
Hi Anwar, it could be that your body is utilizing the MCT in your extra virgin coconut oil rather than getting all energy from the sugar in your coffee, causing your blood sugar to slightly increase. It’s normal.