Like the name implies - coconut oil is extracted from ripe coconuts (specifically the white meat-y center). And, while you might have only recently started to hear about this multifunctional oil, it's not because it hasn't been around. Places around the world where the coconut palm tree grows have been using it for centuries in the kitchen and in their beauty routine (think Africa, Hawaii, and all those other tropical locales that you're probably dreaming about right now).
"Coconut oil used to be shunned because it contains [so much] saturated fat. But, it's now a trendy oil, as we've learned the saturated fat in the oil actually isn't as unhealthy as once believed," says Brooke Alpert, RD, a registered dietitian in New York City and founder of B Nutritious, who notes that coconut oil has about 12 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. Historically, another issue that deterred many from adding coconut oil to their diets was that it was typicallyRead More »from The Truth About Coconut Oil