Home » Virgin Coconut Oil Review from Tropical Traditions
Here in the Moody house, I recently started using Virgin Coconut Oil for the bulk of our baking needs for oils. For about 2 months now, I’ve tried several of the limited varieties available near me in the organics section of our grocery store, and lamented over how hard it was to find.
If you don’t know, Coconut oil has actually been used for centuries in baking, as has coconut milk and other deritives. But when I was researching before we started using this oil, I found that it has a high concentration of the kind of nutrients you can’t get often from other foods.
Anecdotally, it has been linked to multiple health benefits (do a Google Search and see for yourself), and so I have been enthusiastic in using it to replace most oils in my baking, even butter.
It’s an amazing way to accent any dish, from brownies to lean ground beef. And higher quality coconut oil tends to enhance the natural flavors of many dishes without overwhelming it.
Far better than me at breaking down the potential health benefits, here is what U.S. News and World Report recently reported about the use of Coconut Oil:
For years, researchers have been advising people to keep saturated fat consumption to a minimum—which would mean avoiding coconut oil, even the virgin kind, which is about 92 percent saturated fat. But the fatty acids in coconut oil are primarily medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are shorter than the long-chain triglycerides found in other fats and oils. MCTs are more easily metabolized by the body, which is why they’re found in infant formulas and used to nourish hospital patients, says Ryan (Added by Kat: Monique Ryan is a nutritionist)
There are different types, but I was looking for the type which includes NO hydrogenated oils and was made from organic coconuts.
After using many of the brands around here, I went searching for other sources and came across a site called Tropical Traditions, which claimed their Gold Label coconut oils were not only made in a centuries-old tradition, but that it retained more nutrients because it was expelled by hand (in the U.S. you will find mostly machine-expelled oils, because it’s easier, cheaper, and more conductive to mass producing).
I contacted Tropical Traditions to see if I could review their Coconut Oil, since they were looking for bloggers to do so, and they kindly sent me a quart of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. When it arrived about two and a half weeks ago, I was eager to put it to the test.
After opening the glass jar the first thing I noticed was the sweet odor … the smell was more intense than what I had just recently tried from a local store. Sweet, almost, coconut oil not only smells great, but lends that flavor to the dishes you prepare – and the first thing I tried it in was brownies.
And boy were they a hit! Moist and yummy, I will probably use a little less oil next time, but these were devoured by the kids and adults here, with everyone eager for me to make them again!
I used my quart of virgin coconut oil in just about every dish, from sauteing dry and lean beef, to making scrambled eggs with it. In the stronger flavors and higher temperatures used in sauteing for long periods, the flavor tends to blend away into the taste of whatever you are cooking.
But in dishes like eggs, I use a combination of my mother’s old handmade tip (I add coconut milk to the eggs now instead of regular milk – but I think mom would love them!) along with a few tablespoons of coconut oil, and a little sea salt and pepper. My picky boys love these, and eggs cooked this way have become a family treat. Why? Because they are actually a bit sweet to the taste, making the eggs a treat!
The key differences between the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical traditions and the other brands I have tried from local sources include a more robust flavor that stands up to cooking a bit better. I find I actually use a bit less of it as a result – when I am wanting the extra flavor anyway. This brand of oil is also a bit different, at least from what I have found with other oils, in that it stands up to baking better. The oil doesn’t seem to disappear in the middle of cooking.
It’s best to use coconut oils in low to medium temperature cooking and baking, as it will smoke at higher temperatures.
My only concern with the Tropical Traditions Gold Medal Virgin Coconut Oil is the price. Around me, I can find a pint-sized jar of virgin coconut oil for around $10. The Tropical Traditions quart-sized jar sells for $40 normally, which is about four times the price.
My experience between the two brands makes me want to pay for the better quality oil, if I can work it into our budget regularly. Tropical Traditions regularly has specials as well – which I know I’ll be utilizing!
Using Coconut Oil in my cooking will remain an important part of helping my family switch over to a whole-foods diet, and I will definitely by trying to purchase Tropical Traditions again to help us with that. It is excellent quality, with a noticeable difference in odor, taste and use.
When I asked about further information from Tropical Traditions, they provided me with the following links for you to learn more:
You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/what_is_virgin_coconut_oil.htm
Read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/buy-coconut-oil.htm
Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil: http://coconutoil.com
(Intrigued? You can win your own Tropical Traditions Gold Medal Virgin Coconut Oil in my Giveaway. AND I’ve combined my giveaway with other bloggers so you can have a chance to win one of four prizes – a greater chance for you!)
Additional Blogger’s Reviews:
Read what Michelle, from Powered by Mom, has to say about Coconut Oil
Then, check out what Pam, over at Mom Does Reviews, says about her experience with her Coconut Oil Review.
(Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.)
I hope my review helps you in deciding whether to give them a try. Have you ever used coconut oil before for your baking? What did you find and do you have a favorite recipe?