Monday, March 28, 2011

Tropical Traditions

Tropical Traditions sent a sample of their premium coconut oil to me in exchange for a review, which follows.  First off, I recommend you take a look at their marketing video above.

Can folks who seem to be hand making coconut oil from coconuts fresh out of the jungle make a product that is discernibly different from competitive mass produced products?  In this case, yes, unquestionably.

The Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil is superior in texture, taste, and aroma to the brand I have been using, and I've liked that stuff quite a lot.  Until now!  Which may be a slight problem because the TT product isn't cheap.

Working from their web site, it looks like I can get 32 ounces delivered for about $32.  However, this price could likely be beaten by taking advantage of the specials that TT frequently runs.

This compares to Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, 29-Ounce Jars (Pack of 2) at roughly half the price ($29.36, with free shipping for Prime members).  The brand I get locally is 14 oz for $7 plus tax.

There are many ways to incorporate coconut oil into one's diet, either directly in recipes or as a cooking oil.  It is very highly saturated, making it useful for relatively high temperature cooking.  The virtue of coconut for cooking is VERY high when compared to more commonly used hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are highly unstable and therefore a poor choice for cooking (or eating in nearly any amount).  Coconut oil also beats olive oil for flash point and therefore cooking use.

Other reasons to incorporate coconut oil into your diet?  Well, it has anti-microbial properties in the gut.  It is a medium chain fatty acid, and digests more easily than many fats, making it useful for those who have lost their gall bladder.  It also is unique in that it feeds ketosis better than most fats.

My favorite way to eat coconut oil is very simple - right from the spoon, and this is why TT's oil is particularly good for me. The flavor and texture when eaten this way are just world beating. Taken as a late night snack, or with a whack of lean protein, coconut oil is satisfying.  It is a flavor enhancer for lean meats.  It has no impact on insulin levels and therefore helps sustain normal blood sugar.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut oil's fabulous flavor and texture makes it a potent tool for those chasing low carb satisfaction.   

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