Coconut oil and the Paleo diet seem to go hand in hand. It’s a given that if you’re Paleo, you will have one (or many) jars of that solid, white saturated fat to be used in both savoury cooking and sweet baking, raw or melted. We already know that coconut oil has a wealth of benefits and helps us both inside and out, all as part of a well-formulated Paleo diet.
The problem with coconut oil for us consumers is narrowing down the vast quantities of different brands that exist. Should we buy the cheapest? Organic? Cold-pressed? Prettiest jar? One recommended by a friend? Or, should we buy the oil that makes a difference to both us as consumers and the country of origin of this Paleo staple? This is where Coconoil comes in.
Established in Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that devastated the country, Coconoil is so much more than just coconut oil. The product of entrepreneur Garry Stiven, a former field director for Save The Children, the company was created to help the Sri Lankan economy by taking advantage of a natural resource that grows plentifully across the island: coconuts. This creates a steady income for Sri Lanka’s economy, which has helped it recover from the tsunami destruction over ten years ago. The company also donates regularly to Pahamune Orphanage, which was set up in the wake of the tsunami for displaced children; today, it continues to support the most vulnerable children on the island.
Coconoil continues to give back, and not just in Sri Lanka. They recently spear-headed a similar project in Ghana, with hopes of replicating the company’s success in that African nation, helping out its economy just like in Sri Lanka. At home in the UK Coconoil is used by sports teams, celebrities and celebrity chefs alike, not to mention you and I.
Coconoil is virgin, organic and cold-pressed, meaning it has the oils squeezed out of the coconut flesh rather than the flesh being heat-treated like other brands of coconut oil. This makes it richer in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) and HDL cholesterol.
I quite liked Coconoil as a replacement for my usual daily dose of saturated fat and MCT’s because it has more of a coconut taste and fragrance; this is a direct result of its extraction process. And, once I learned about Coconoil’s start using the coconut oil also makes me feel more connected to a food producer.
Being from a sports background, I like how Coconoil works in sports nutrition – I always feel more connected to the physical activity-related benefits of a food, and Coconoil provides this.
The stronger coconut taste and fragrance was most apparent in my daily mug of bulletproof coffee. I’ve used many brands of coconut oil in the past, some virgin, organic, cold-pressed as well; Coconoil ranked quite highly in terms of enhancing the already rich taste of my morning brew.
Hot drinks aside, my husband and I used the oil to make two of our weekly Paleo, meal-prep staples. Unlike other coconut oils I’ve used Coconoil is softer at room temperature which makes it easier to use in raw dishes. This was very helpful in making my Nutter Bombs – clusters of nuts, seeds, dates, and coconut oil, all combined in a food processor. The softer consistency of the oil meant there was less blitzing (and less noise!) while making this recipe; everything combined easily and quickly. We also used the coconut oil in making our dairy-free fat bombs, a more adult Paleo version of a peanut butter cup. The Coconoil’s more intense flavour came through in these too. I would’ve liked to have used it in roasting some vegetables but we ran out!
Coconoil is available in both plastic screw-top containers and glass jars. If you prefer your coconut oil in glass jars, it is only available in 460g quantities; Coconoil sells a huge variety of quantities in the plastic containers, ranging from a small 280g screw-top container (the size I trialled), to a 10kg plastic ‘jerry-can.’
Price and Availability
Coconoil’s prices are competitive, but not overly expensive. Their product prices are similar to other popular brands of organic virgin coconut oil. Coconoil sells both ‘original’ and ‘organic’ virgin coconut oil, with the latter being a bit more expensive. The price of the coconut oil I tried, the organic virgin version in a 280g plastic container, was £5.49. The same type of coconut oil in a 920g jar is £17.50: pretty expensive, but bear in mind this is organic virgin coconut oil. Both prices are from the Coconoil website. The upside to the slightly higher price tag is that the Coconoil website offers free shipping for orders within the UK. You also have a multi-buy option where you can buy bulk quantities of their coconut oil for cheaper prices: one 920g jar of organic Virgin Coconoil costs £17.50, but if you buy six jars at once the cost per jar drops to £13.50 each.
If you want to find out more about Coconoil products, and how they’re helping local communities in Sri Lanka and Ghana, check out them out on social media:
A company promoting health here in the UK, and supporting the lives of many overseas. Coconoil truly is so much more than just a health food.