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For years, we have heard about the benefits of coconut oil. The nutrient is supposed to help you burn fat, kill harmful microorganisms, reduce hunger and protect skin, hair and teeth. Now, according to a Harvard professor, coconut oil is “pure poison.”
Karin Michels, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a now viral YouTube video of a 50-minute lecture in German that coconut oil is far from healthy. She said, “I can only warn you urgently about coconut oil. This is one of the worst foods you can eat.”
Translated by Business Insider, Michels argues “coconut oil is more dangerous than lard because it almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries. You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard.”
Michels isn’t the first person to debunk coconut oil’s benefits. According to the New York Post, “The American Heart Association advised against consuming too much of it in June 2017, after a study found that all saturated fats — regardless of the source — are damaging to heart health.” Reportedly, coconut oil has more saturated fat than butter.
Well, one minute something is healthy and the next minute it’s poison. Now we all have to think twice about coconut oil.
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This winter, I noticed both of my children were starting to show signs of eczema. Never before have they had any skin issues, but this was the coldest and driest winter they have experienced so far, and it took its toll.
Not only that, but I noticed my son’s face has been extremely sensitive — he’s been breaking out after eating, or after being outside for extended periods. I tried coconut oil — I’m a huge fan — but this time, it wasn’t enough. No matter how much I slathered on, my kids still had patches of dry skin on their arms and areas of redness on their faces. The moisture just wasn’t “locking in.”
But when I had a chance to check out Sun Bum and its new Baby Bum line of products for children and babies, I was excited to see that the company made its own coconut oil skin softener: Natural Monoi Coconut Balm.
You guys, this stuff is liquid gold. It has all of the benefits of coconut oil, with added ingredients to help lock in the moisture and hydrate skin. I don’t know about you, but if a product 1) isn’t filled with chemical junk and 2) actually works, I’m already in love. Everything else is just a bonus. Here are 5 reasons Baby Bum’s Natural Monoi Coconut Balm is seriously the best stuff ever.
1. It works
It is one thing to find an all-natural product for your kids — it’s quite another to find one that actually works. This is a problem I frequently have when searching for products for my family. There are tons of “all-natural” products out there, but far fewer that perform like I hoped they would.
With my kids suffering their first winter eczema bouts, this coconut balm couldn’t have caught my attention at a more perfect time. They needed something that was going to work, and work fast. After applying the super moisturizing coconut balm before bed, both of my children woke up without dry or red patches on their arms and face. I had also rubbed some on my hands before bed and noticed a huge difference the following day. That’s all it took: one application and a good night’s sleep.
2. All-natural ingredients
I try to make — and teach my children to make — mindful choices about what they put in as well as on their bodies. As soon as I looked at the ingredients in Baby Bum’s Coconut Balm, I had high hopes. In addition to coconut oil infused with tiaré (a Tahitian flower revered for its intoxicating fragrance as well as its medicinal qualities), the balm includes aloe, and shea and cocoa butters for the extra-rich moisture that plain old coconut oil wasn’t giving us.
3. It’s made in the USA
I was so happy to learn that Baby Bum’s Natural Monoi Coconut Balm is exclusively manufactured in the U.S. I was excited to find a local company that truly cares about what goes into its products.
4. The story behind the balm
Do you know what’s so cool? The tiaré flower petals in the balm are collected by hand, then infused into coconut oil — and that’s just the start. If you haven’t already fallen in love with Sun Bum, you definitely will after watching the video below. I love that nothing goes in their products without going through the moms and dads of the Sun Bum community first.
5. It’s the perfect moisturizer for moms, too
Yay for multi-purpose! Products that work just as well for grownups as for little ones are rare. My son is always looking for an excuse to help Mama, and since this is the perfect formula for both of us, I like to make it fun by letting him put some on me too. Sometimes my kids will rebel when it comes time to sit still, so it works well to take turns. It’s also a great time to teach my children the importance of taking care of their skin.
What are your favorite products for mama and baby?
This post is sponsored by Baby Bum. All opinions on this product are my own.
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IGK just launched a brand-new leave-in formulation, dubbed its Thirsty Girl Coconut Milk Leave-In Conditioner, which is ideal for damaged hair. Learn more, here.
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Trail mix is a year-round favourite that can be a great source of protein and heart-healthy fats. “Whip up a batch of these bite-size fruit and nut treats to keep in your fridge for a quick and satisfying car snack before the kids’ soccer game,” says Samara Foisy, registered dietitian for President’s Choice. “It’s easy to go over our recommended daily value of sodium, so I’ve chosen a trail mix with no salt added.”
Soft dates work best in this recipe, but don’t worry if your dates are on the firmer side — simply soak in a bowl of hot water for about 30 minutes to soften before using.
Toasted Coconut Trail Mix Bites
Prep time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 15 minutes
Makes: 20 pieces
• 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
• 2 tbsp almond butter
• 1 tbsp maple syrup
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 cup President’s Choice Blue Menu trail mix
• 2 tbsp ancient grains and super seeds blend
• 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
• 1/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
• 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
• 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1. Pulse dates, almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down bowl if necessary.
2. Add trail mix and seeds blend; pulse until coarsely chopped. Add cereal, apricots and chocolate chips; pulse until combined.
3. Transfer to large bowl; mix with moistened hands if necessary to combine. Roll by heaping one tablespoon into balls, then roll in coconut to coat. Arrange in single layer on large plate or baking sheet. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
Chef’s Tip: Toast coconut in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often until golden; about, 5 to 7 minutes.
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Backpacker’s Pantry Thai Coconut Curry with Beef features authentic rice noodles sourced from Thailand in an aromatic, sweet coconut curry with zesty vegetables and lean, all-natural freeze-dried beef. Makes two 13oz servingsGluten FreeDirections: Remove and discard enclosed oxygen absorber before beginning food preparationAdd 2-1/2 cups (600 ml) of boiling water. Stir wellSeal and let sit for 15-20 minutes. Stir and serveRehydration time doubles every 5,000 feet of elevation gain. Directions are set for 5,000 feetIngredients: RICE NOODLE (RICE FLOUR AND WATER), COCONUT MILK POWDER (COCONUT MILK, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM CASEINATE), BEEF (COOKED, DICED AND FREEZE-DRIED), BROCCOLI, BELL PEPPER, CABBAGE, CORIANDER SEED, HONEY (REFINERY SYRUP, HONEY), GARLIC, TOMATO, SALT, GARLIC, SESAME SEED, WHITE PEPPER, CINNAMON, CORN STARCH, CILANTRO, LIME JUICE POWDER (CORN SYRUP, LIME JUICE WITH LIME
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The Hammer Bar is so much more than a mere energy bar! It uses wholesome ingredients to supply your body with complex carbohydrates, high-quality vegetable protein, healthy fats (no trans fatty acids!), nature’s own phytonutrients, and enzymes. Organic almond butter, dates, brown rice protein, and added essential fatty acids lend energy, and help support a healthy immune and cardiovascular system. Tasting good and doing good, the Hammer Bar is great on the bike or as a meal replacement.
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One bite will change everything you ever thought about how something this healthy and nutritiously complete could taste so good. Enjoy the taste of tropical coconut blended with mouth-watering delicious antioxidant rich non-dairy certified organic dark chocolate.
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We've conjured up a powerfully moisturizing alternative to the typical drying body wash by filling ours with deliciously organic and softening ingredients. It's perfectly lovely lathered up in the shower and surprisingly sumptuous for a long soak in the bath. All Three Whishes products contain Organic Aloe, Organic Raspberry Butter, and Organic Shea Butter, enhancing life's little desires three at a time. Enjoy lavender for its stress reducing and calm instilling aromatherapy properties. Three Whishes Body Wash is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Tested on us, not animals. Organic Aloe : a soothing, natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties. Organic Shea Butter : has a high content of non-saponifiable fats which are the best natural skin moisturizers and are also high in anti-oxidants. Organic Raspberry Butter : high in anti-oxidants, this attacks free radicals making it a magical moisturizer. A unique combination of wheat, sugar, and corn derived ingredients rather than the typically used sodium lauryl sulfate. Glycerin : a gentle cleanser found naturally in the body. Organic Cucumber Extract : a natural skin soother. Organic Marigold : known for its soothing properties and as a holistic remedy for swelling.reased collagen production. Net Weight: 13 oz. / 390 ml Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Sodium Cocoyl Alkyl Esters(Coconut Soap), Decyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Glycol Distearate (Plant Derived), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Fragrance(Parfum), Glyceryl Oleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Juice, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phospholipids, Octyldodecanol, Cucumissativus (Organic Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocamide Dipa (Sugar Derived), Chamomilla Recutita Flower/Leaf (Organic Chamomile) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Organic Marigold) Flower, Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter), Beeswax (Organic), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Sea Salt, Capryl Hydroxamic Acid (Naturally Derived Preservative), Glycerin (Plant Derived), Caprylyl Glycol (Naturally Derived Preservative), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Plant Derived), Glyceryl Caprylate (Natural Preservative), Sodium Chloride (Natural Salt), Citric Acid (Naturally Derived), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 40 (CI 16035), Blue 1 (CI 42090.
Bronze. Shimmer. Shine. Take your skin from sallow to stunning with each use. This silky soft formula will give you instant bronze while correcting skin imperfections. Whish CC Body Cream incorporates a shimmer and a bronzer along with loads of extra pampering and moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, aloe, and panthenol. While you are basking in your new found soft glow, CC Body Cream also has a clinically proven skin lightener to even and correct any blemishes in your skin tone. Yes, it seems simple, but we think it's simply miraculous. Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Tested on us, not animals™. Mallow Extract, Primula Veris Extract and Bearberry Extract. Peppermint Leaf Extract, Panthenol and Yellow Extract. Organic Aloe: A soothing, natural antiseptic with anti-bacterial properties, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties. Organic Shea Butter: Has a high content of non-saponifiable fats which are the best natural skin moisturizers and are also high in anti-oxidants. Directions: Apply on skin as needed. Net Weight: 150 ml / 5 oz. Ingredients: Water (aqua, eau), ethylhexyl (octyl) palmitate, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) leaf juice, butyrospermum parkii (organic shea butter), caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyl dimethyl taurate copolymer, arctostaphylos uva ursi (bearberry) leaf extract, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl glucoside, isopropyl palmitate (palm oil), niacinamide (vitamin B3), glyceryl stearate, caprylyl methicone, isohexadecane, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, polysorbate-60, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, malva sylvestris (mallow) extract, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract, calcium aluminum borosilcate, primula veris extract, alchemilla vulgaris extract, melissa officinalis (lemon balm) leaf extract, achillea millefolium (yarrow) extract, silicon oxide, titanium dioxide, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, ethylhexylglycerin, tin oxide, phenylethyl resorcinol, panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), citrus unshiu peel extract, xanthan gum, fragrance (parfum), citric acid, benzyl alcohol, citral, geraniol, limonene, linalool.
Dry flaky skin? Is your tan not lasting long enough? Self tanner splotchy? Whish perfectly lovely tropical flavored coconut milk alpha hydroxy exfoliating body wash is what you need. Slough away dead skin while cleansing with this all natural formulation. This magically refining wash has a unique complex of fruits that comes together to contribute to a more even skin tone and brighter clearer complexion. The complex is obtained from the combination of sugar cane, lemon extract, apple extract, and green tea extract. In addition to the exfoliating action of the AHA, we have added in amazing moisturizing ingredients that include panthenol, organic shea butter, and organic coconut oil. We think you will agree that your skin is left softer, smoother, and more radiant after just one use. Who knew washing could be so wonderful? Whish Coconut Milk Exfoliating Body Wash is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Sugar Cane – a natural exfoliator that is also the main source of glycolic acid. Lemon, Orange, Apple, & Green Tea Extract AHA Complex – this natural alpha hydroxy acid complex helps skin tone appear brighter and clearer. Panthenol – a natural, hydrating vitamin when applied externally, it penetrates into lower skin layers adding essential moisture and increased collagen production. Organic Shea Butter – has a high content of non-saponifiable fats that are the best natural skin moisturizers and are also high in anti-oxidants. Organic Coconut Oil – High in anti-oxidants, coconut acid; helps penetrate into the underlying skin tissue to deeply moisturize while preventing and protecting against free radicals keeping the skin young, healthy and beautiful. Glycerin - a gentle cleanser found naturally in the body. Oat Extract – a gentle cleanser know for its anti-inflammatory properties. Directions: Use in bath or shower. Net Weight: 180 ml/6 oz. Ingredients: Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Decyl Glucoside (Plant Derived), Bambusa Arundinacea Stem (Bamboo) Powder, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin (Plant Derived), Hydroxyethyl Coco/Isostearamide, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin or Tangerine) Peel Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (Natural Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Modifier), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange/Petitgrain) Oil, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane), Hydrogenated Jojoba (Wax) Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Butyrospermum Parkii (ORGANIC Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (ORGANIC Coconut) Oil, Borage (ORGANIC Starflower) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (ORGANIC Evening Primrose) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (ORGANIC Flaxseed/Linseed) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Benzyl alcohol, Citral , Geraniol , Limonene, Linalool.
Everything you need to keep your skin in check while you are away. This set includes our Body Wash (2 oz.) , Shave Cream (2 oz.), and Body Butter (2 oz.) in convenient and TSA friendly 2 oz. tubes. The sweet yet refreshing scent of blueberry will make a great start to any day. Oh, and if all that isn't enough, its packaged in an amazingly cute and reusable travel bag. The Blueberry on the Go Travel Set is made in the USA with Earth friendly packaging and ingredients. Tested on us, not animals™ .
For amazingly moisturized skin, Whish has created a truly indulgent body cream with a unique triple antioxidant-based formula. This fully loaded lotion softens and soothes the skin while also helping to replenish and firm. Moisturizes with organic shea butter, organic raspberry butter and organic aloe. Firms with organic seaweed extract. Purifies with organic rice bran oil. Free of parabens, sulfate, DEA and TEA and petrochemicals. Net Weight: 5 oz./150 ml Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter), Glycerin (Plant Derived), Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil), Helianthus Annuus(Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol (Plant Derived), Cetearyl Glucoside, Fragrance (Natural), Pulmonaria Officinalis Extract, Persea Gratissima (Organic Avocado) Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, Beeswax (Organic), Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Squalane (Plant Derived), Ethylhexylglycerin (Preservative), Polysorbate-60 (Plant Derived), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Octyldodecanol, Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Juice, Tetrasodium Edta, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil.
This velvety sauce is made from coconut cream, veggies and seasonings like cilantro, ginger and sesame which give it a satisfying delicious taste. Just add chicken or tofu to create this uniquely flavorful, mildly spiced Thai-inspired dish. Serves 4 5 people.
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Zone Perfect All-Natural Nutrition Bar Chocolate Coconut Crunch are the easiest and quickest way to get into the Zone. They are hands down the best tasting bar on the market! Unlike sports energy bars or other so-called weight loss or meal replacement bars, ZonePerfect bars are designed for people just like you. When used with the ZonePerfect Nutrition program, they can help you lose weight, increase your energy and vitality, and curb your hunger for three hours. Their bars are based on the special ZonePerfect recipe of carbohydrate, protein and dietary fat, developed to provide the nutritious balance you need to keep you in top physical and mental shape. These are the official patented 40-30-30 bars from Dr. Barry Sears’ company! Excellent Source of Protein (15g) 19 Vitamins and Minerals Rich in Antioxidants Their Zone perfect Nutrition Bars have become favorites with time-starved people everywhere. These great-tasting bars are made with their special formula of protein, carbohydrate, and fat, which makes them a reliable energy snack. They are exceptionally proud of the scientific research and development that went into the all-natural Zone Perfect Bars. Do you long for an island escape? For white sand beaches and whispering palms? The intoxicating scent of fresh coconut wafts in on an ocean breeze, conjuring images of chewy macaroons and coconut cream pie. Well, now you can save your airfare. Because there’s a tiny tropical getaway waiting for you whenever you need it. Simply close your eyes and take a bite of Chocolate Coconut Crunch. As the creamy chocolate melts away, so will the tensions of your day.