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Subject: Coconut Oil/Coconut Water
Date Posted: 6/15/2015 12:06 PM ET
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I see a lot of recipes calling for these but I'm allergic to coconut.  If something calls for coconut oil, can I sub olive or canola?  What if something calls for coconut water, can I just use regular water?  Or is there a flavour to coconut water and I'll just dilute my recipe with plain water?

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Last Edited on: 6/15/15 12:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/19/2015 4:06 PM ET
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Ani, You can certainly substitute any oil that you like or tolerate in place of coconut oil. I mainly use a blend of half canola oil and half olive oil that I mix myself to cook with. I've used coconut oil but would rather have other oils. Several chefs on cooking shows have said it has a high point of heat and doesn't burn, but on the label of the coconut oil I bought it said not to heat it to over 350 degrees. I've used plain water or a different flavored water in recipes that called for coconut water with little change in flavor.

Date Posted: 10/20/2015 7:48 AM ET
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sunflower oil has a very mild flavor and is a light oil good for eating or cooking.