What is Coconut?
The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family. The term ‘coconut’ may refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed or the fruit.
Coconut is a delicious food that takes many unique forms; it can be used as a non-dairy creamer (coconut milk), a post-workout drink due to its electrolytes and carbohydrates (coconut water), and as a sugar substitute (coconut sugar). Let’s take a deep dive into all things coconut…
Coconut oil is available in refined and unrefined forms. Refined coconut oil simply means it has a coconut taste (which can be a good or bad thing depending on the recipe it’s being used in), while unrefined coconut oil is a clear, tasteless oil that’s less processed.
Refined coconut oil has a smoke point of 200°C, so it can be used when sautéeing, lightly frying or baking. Unrefined coconut oil has a smoke point of 180°C. Keep in mind that coconut oil is solid at 25°C and below and turns to liquid when the temperature rises above that threshold.
Here’s what you need to know: MCT oil is clear and liquid at all times as it’s not made up of saturated, long-chain fatty acids – only medium-chain triglycerides (hence its abbreviation, MCT).
So, why do wellness enthusiasts love to add MCT oil to their food and smoothies?
It turns out MCTs are loaded with healthy fats that are immediately converted into energy. It’s what makes our Collagen Creamers such a hit! MCTs are found in the coconut milk powder that makes up this fan-favourite Vital Proteins product.