New American Heart Association Study Warns Against Coconut Oil

Superfood fans take caution. The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against consuming coconut oil. Coconut oil has seen a growing following in recent years as fans viewed it as an almost miracle-like fat and butter alternative, particularly with the paleo set. Touted as a superfood, cooking with the waxy white solid was said to burn fat, kill harmful microorganisms, curb hunger and improve cholesterol levels. But researchers recently found that coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven trials, and they failed to see a difference between coconut oil and other popular oils high in saturated fat like butter, lard and beef fat. In fact, 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil is s saturated, while butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%) contain less. Frank Sacks, lead author on the report, said he has no idea why people think coconut oil is healthy — I’s almost…

Make your own caribbean inspired seasoning for this tropical summer feast

Once you make your own spice blends, you’ll never go back. This seared tuna recipe couples sweet, tropical spices with savory herbs and just enough heat. The best thing about making your own spices is that you know exactly what you’re eating. (Where do all of those ingredients in McCormick’s come from anyway?) If that’s not convincing enough, you’ll be surprised how much better it tastes than pre-mixed spices off of the store shelf. If that’s still not enough, know that you can save tons of cash by making your own — spice mixes can be expensive! Give it a try by starting with this delicious Caribbean inspired jerk blend. Smother your favorite seared fish in the seasoning, top with pineapple salsa and serve with coconut rice for a summer celebration at home inspired by the flavors of the crystal blue waters and tropical tastes off of our southern shores. Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Recipe Ingredients 2-3 tbsp coconut…

Tropical mango, pineapple, chia smoothie recipe

Tropical mango, pineapple, chia smoothie Serves 2-3 Ingredients 1 cup mango chunks (fresh or frozen) 1 banana 3/4 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen) 1/3 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup your favorite milk (I like almond milk here) 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup coconut shavings 1/2 cup ice (omit if using frozen fruit) 2 tbsp chia seeds Directions Pour almond milk into blender. Add yogurt, water and chia seeds followed by all fresh or frozen fruit and coconut shavings. Blend on medium high or high until all ingredients are well mixed. Watch for consistency and add more water or fruit for desired thickness. Top with extras for extra texture and presentation if desired — I used almond slices, more chia seeds and shredded coconut. Serve smoothie immediately.

10 Unusual Recipes Using Coconut Water

Coconut water is so much more than a basic beverage. Coconut water became a health food craze a few years back, and even though it’s not longer in the nightly news, hopefully it’s still a part of your diet in some way. Research on the slightly sweet, nutty-flavored liquid is encouraging. It’s said to have antioxidant properties, defend against diabetes and kidney stones, lower blood pressure and provide a perfect hydration blend of potassium, magnesium and sodium if consumed after prolonged exercise. Try these recipes for new ways to use your favorite coconut water. We all know it’s delicious on its own, but it’s fun to find new ways to incorporate the naturally sweet drink in your diet. Check out everybodycravespantry.com for other healthy ingredients. QUICK COCONUT & CHIA SEED PUDDING PINEAPPLE, LIME COCONUT WATER COCONUT LAVENDER LEMONADE RECIPE Coconut Sorbet Coconut Water & Fresh Blackberry Gelatin Cucumber Noodles with Coconut Lime Cumin Dressing DEATH…