Coconut Oil has quite the reputation…
While it can solve many problems, there are some it can definitely make worse.
DO – use coconut oil for sautéing when cooking.
If you love the taste of coconut oil, sauté away. If you prefer a more buttery taste, you’ll be happy to hear that butter-flavoured coconut oil now exists.
DON’T – use it for cooking at high temperatures, as it has a low smoke point.
When it comes to high-temperature cooking, coconut oil will burn and end up making your food taste awful.
DON’T – use coconut oil as a substitution for butter when baking.
Butter and coconut oil have different melting points and water contents, so aren’t actually interchangeable in recipes. If you want to bake with coconut oil, find some specific recipes that use coconut oil, such as these double coconut muffins.
DO – try is as a body moisturiser.
“Coconut oil contains skin soothers like Vitamin E and lauric acid which has been shown in a study to have antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties.”
DO – use it as a makeup remover.
Coconut oil can be a great makeup remover because it has antibacterial properties.
DON’T – use it as a facial moisturizer, as it’s comedogenic and might block pores.
“Coconut oil is a 4 on the 0-5 comedogenicity scale, which is a list of pore-blocking ingredients with 0 being non-pore-blocking and 5 being extremely pore-blocking,” said Shah, a dermatologist.
DON’T – use coconut oil in place of sunscreen, even though it does offer some sun protection.
While coconut oil naturally blocks 20% of the sun’s rays, this is nothing compared to 30SPF, which blocks 97% of rays.
DON’T – bother trying oil pulling, as it hasn’t been proven to work.
Despite countless articles claiming that swishing coconut oil in your mouth can whiten teeth, freshen breath and detox your mouth, it’s not recommended by dentists.
DO – believe the hype that coconut oil can prevent some kinds of hair damage.
A 2003 study showed that coconut oil did help prevent damage from excessive combing, and it can help prevent hair loss.
DON’T – expect it to hydrate your hair, as it can actually dry it out.
Because coconut oil can penetrate your hair follicle, it can prevent water being absorbed – which can leave you with dehydrated strands of hair.
So, there we are! Coconut oil: great for some things, not so great for others.