Being fond of using coconut oil to cook with, I was delighted when Tropical Traditions sent me a quart of their 'Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil' to review. When I opened the jar I noticed that it didn't have the "coconut" smell as with other brands. This is a good thing though, since their product is 100% organic virgin coconut oil, it wouldn't have the additional smell that other brands add in. If you have ever opened a fresh coconut and drink the milk inside, you would understand that the coconut smell and taste is not as vibrant as it is in man made products.
Cooking with this oil has left wondrous taste and nutrients values to the foods we cook. My family of five boys noticed that the fried foods wasn't oily and that the taste of the foods, such as the chicken, tasted like chicken and not the oils I was used to cooking with. Olive oil is another oil that I use when sautéing certain foods, but not in the last meal. I switched the olive oil out with the 'Gold Label' and found that the stir fry was tender and not withered down by the oil.
"Virgin Coconut Oil is a food, and is one of the best cooking oils you can use. It has been a staple cooking oil for thousands of years in tropical climates. As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss," ("Gold Label® Virgin Coconut Oil," 2014).
Not only is this 100% organic and great for your cooking and body, but it is also great for your pets. We have been giving our dogs, who have dry skin coconut oil for weeks, as it is recommended by veterinarians, but there was not much of a change until we started using the 'Gold Label'. We have noticed much less scratching and itching among our loving dogs, which means less allergens flowing threw the air to attack my allergies. A truly great change in the way I cook and feed my family and animals.
• Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil page (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/virgin_coconut_oil.htm)
• Link to our video on Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h6eycjf29M
• Tropical Traditions Home Page (http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/)