The coconut is a rather versatile food. One of the few where every part of it can be used to make something including coconut water, milk, sugar, and even coconut flour.
But did you know you can also make coconut butter?
That's right coconut can be used to make nut butter. This is done by grinding up the meat (white stuff inside) of the coconut into a nut butter type substance, though a bit flakier. The coconut has long been used for its healing properties and ability to aid in living healthier.
Coconut butter retains these healing properties and can benefit in various ways. Keep reading to learn more about coconut butter and how it can benefit your everyday life.
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What Exactly Is Coconut Butter?
As mentioned, coconut butter is made by grinding the meat of the coconut into a paste. This paste, when warmed, will be runny but will firm up and become flaky when chilled.
It can be used to spread atop a piece of toast or mixed into a bowl of oatmeal. Whatever your choice, coconut butter is a great enhancer, offering a delightful creamy texture and delicious flavor to almost any dish.
Coconut butter bought in the store can be a little on the pricey side compared to other nut butter. But, if you decide to try and make it at home to save yourself some money, you will need to have a top-quality food processor or blender.
You will need to process shredded coconut continuously until it becomes a paste. For every 3 cups of shredded coconut processed add 1 tbsp. of coconut oil. This will help the machine throughout the process.
This can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes depending upon the quality of your machine and the amount of butter needed. If you don't already have a food processor nor need to upgrade, you may want to consider picking your nut butter up from your local market instead.
Benefits of Coconut Butter
There are many benefits to using coconut butter. Not only can you ingest coconut butter, but you can also apply it topically. Coconut body butter has several benefits for your skin and overall health.
Prevents Dryness and Cracking
Coconut body butter is a great moisturizer which helps to prevent skin dryness, peeling, and cracking. It can also help if you already have dry, peeling, or cracked skin.
When applied directly to the affected area the natural antioxidants found in the coconut butter help the healing process. And because coconut butter is a saturated fat it is easily absorbed into the skin and remain on the skin for hours, allowing the antioxidants to do their work.
Coconut butter can also be applied to dried or cracked lips to help them heal and recover.
Helps with Weight Loss
As mentioned, coconut butter is saturated fat which is a healthy fat. While that may seem counterproductive still to weight loss, hang on.
Coconut butter is considered a medium-chain fatty acid. Long-chain fatty acids are stored for long periods of time. Medium-chain fatty acids are burned for energy.
This can even help to boost your metabolism, increasing calorie burn and energy levels. Your body is able to get the fat it needs and use it rather than storing it, increasing your appetite for other food groups and helping you lose weight.
But, everything in moderation; don’t overindulge on coconut butter thinking you'll be runway model thin within weeks. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.
Moderately sized meals and moderate amounts of coconut butter will help you to lose weight and achieve your health goals.
Coconut Butter and Your Health
Coconut butter is a nut butter made from the meat of the bean ground into a paste. The paste can be consumed or applied topically. It can help you to lose weight and prevent or heal dry, peeled, or cracked skin.
While there are many benefits to coconut butter it is always best to use it in moderations, like everything else in life. You can have too much of a good thing. However, eating or applying it in moderation will help you to live a happier and healthier life.