Coconut oil has sure been in the news a lot lately. And by "news," I mean Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter, of course.
I keep seeing things about how awesome coconut oil is for your hair, your skin, for cooking, and now even for your teeth.
Coconut oil is not good for you. It's not beneficial in any way. It's not good for you inside or outside. It isn't going to give you soft, supple skin and it isn't going to be some fantastic leave in conditioner for your hair.
I don't care if you rub it on your elbows or excema spots. I don't care if you swish it in your mouth for 20 mintues. I don't care if you eat a spoonful every day or blend it into a smoothie.
You can talk all you want about triglycerides and lauric acid and boosting metabolism and thyroid function and improving digestion.
I want everyone to know that I hate coconut oil. And no one should buy it.
Because I do buy it. And if everyone keeps getting all crazy about it, the prices will soar, the quality will go down... Already this weekend, I got 2 of the last 6 jars at Trader Joe's and it was totally out of stock at Target. So I am starting a campaign to STOP people from buying coconut oil!
I like to use it on my skin. And in my hair. And I did try oil-pulling (where you swish it in your mouth for 15-20 minutes) and it was kinda awful but kinda awesome, too. And I cook with it all the time. And I do like to put a spoonful in my smoothies.
In all seriousness, if you haven't yet experimented with coconut oil, you should. I like it better than olive oil or any other oil when I'm cooking in the skillet. As weird as the oil pulling thing is, I am already appreciating benefits like a reduction in inflamation in my gums and added lubrication in my throat (important for vocalists).
So go ahead and get yourself some coconut oil. Just stay far away from my suppliers.