Have you ever thought of putting coconut oil in your tea? No? Well, me neither!
In fact, when I first heard of that, I thought that it's probably the worst and truly repulsive idea.
Coconut oil is one of few foods that can be classed as 'superfood'! Some people criticise this particular oil as it contains saturated fats, which is true as it is one of the riches sources of saturated fats but they contain something called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are completely different types of fatty acids. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a source of energy (better than chocolate!!) that will last you longer.
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid and forms monolaurin, which deasn't mean anything to most of people but those little guys can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. There are also studies stating that using coconut oil can improve blood cholesterol levels, reduce stress, influence digestion, brain functions and help your skin and hair.
People use conconut oil for all sorts of things with incredible success. And this brings me back to my tea.
I don't cook much so the jar with the oil was constantly sitting in my cupboard, until I decided to follow my friend's advice and just put it into my tea. After all what's the worst thing that could happen!? The result was immediate, I absolutely loved it!
You don't have to use it all the time and you just need a wee bit, but I encourage you to try it! It's a great way to introduce this extremely beneficial product into your diet.
I have received some interesting questions that are worth sharing:
1) What kind of tea do you put it in?
My favourite are: green tea and lemon and ginger. I personally avoid tea with caffeine however, nothing is stopping you! :)
2) Do you use it instead of milk or with milk swell?
I realised that I’ve never tried using coconut oil in a black tea, so in the name of science I had to experiment! As a result, I am not entire sure if I am a huge fan of adding it to either earl grey or black tea with milk. For me the taste wasn’t as appealing - however, every person is different, you may find that even the thought of lemon and ginger is disgusting, so the only piece of advise I have got here is - try it yourself!
3) where do you buy coconut oil?
Amazon (the cheapest option), Tesco sells it as well but it’s not as good as the one from Amazon. Also, all health stores will have it in stock, however after doing some basic research I noticed that they are incredibly expensive.
4) What coconut oil do you use?
- Lucy Bee Fair Trade Extra Virgin Organic Raw Coconut Oil - this one is the best I have ever tried, it has got an amazing flavour. It costs approx. £10 from Amazon and you get 500 ml and that will last you for a very long time.
- Groovy Virgin Coconut Oil, you can get this one from Tesco and it costs approx. £6 but you only get 283 ml. The taste is less strong but it is still a great product.