Note: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for a free product. This post initially appeared on my sister blog www.jakes-journey-apraxia.com in January of 2012.
A small amount of coconut oil each day was one of the first things Jake’s holistic doctor suggested that he try on our initial visit back in August. Why? What’s all the hype about coconut oil these days?
Let’s start with the basics. Coconut oil contains the essential fatty acid omega-6, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It is considered “essential” because our bodies need it, but cannot make it, and we have to get it through our diets.
Because of Jake’s many allergies, I have to do a lot more research than the average mama on what goes into my child’s body. However, for some reason, when I first introduced coconut oil into his diet, I didn’t over-analyze the brand I was giving him.
In October and November, Jake was a lot itchier due to a combination of allergens that he was ingesting on a daily basis that I was unaware of. Around that same time, I had read that coconut oil was a great moisturizer and would help irritated skin. So, one night after his bath, I slathered coconut oil all over his body. Guess what happened? It got worse! He got raised red bumps all over his skin and the itchiness intensified.
My first thought was … Oh no! He’s allergic to coconut oil. And I’ve been giving it to him every day for the past three months! Even though I can practically recite the food allergens in every food item known to man, for whatever reason, I assumed the organic coconut oil I was using that cost $10 at my specialty grocery store was safe.
I was wrong. The coconut oil we had been using was made in a facility that processes wheat, fish, egg, dairy, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and tree nuts. And a vast majority of those allergens were not listed on the bottle.
Although I was kicking myself for making such a stupid mistake, I began my quest to find the best coconut oil. For us, quality is essential; it is not something we can compromise. After much research, I decided that Tropical Traditions was the best product for us. I initially started looking into this product because I see it online a lot and it also was recommended in a cookbook that I was reading at the time.
The facilities where the oil is produced is safe and the quality looks, tastes, and smells better than the two other products I have tried. While it is a little more expensive than its competitors, I think the level of quality is worth it.
What does our family use coconut oil for? Surprisingly, it tastes a lot like butter to me and it can be used on and in anything. To get this fatty acid into Jake, I melt it and put it in baked goods that call for butter or oil. Since he just needs a small amount each day, I cook his turkey sausage in it every morning. For us as a family, it is great on toast and to stir-fry chicken or veggies in.
What sets this coconut oil apart from other products on the market?
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil. If you would like to try out a bottle of Tropical Traditions for yourself, please click on the following link.