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THE RISE OF COCONUT OIL

Over the last decade or so, I have watched coconut oil gain more popularity than myself in Ghana. Quite tragic, if you ask me. No one knows what it is but it’s provocative.


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Well, actually we all know what coconut oil is and it is still provocative. Sales of coconut oil products are through the roof and production levels of the coconut crop in multiple regions of the country are well on course to match that of sales’.


Quite frankly, coconut oil has an authoritative smell and taste. In these parts, coconut oil largely rides on the ‘unproven’ nutritional benefits card. In an era where so many self-proclaimed health care advocates are trying to get all types of cooking oil out of here, coconut oil has managed to present itself, albeit unconvincingly, as a healthier alternative. Studies, however few, have shown that coconut oil contains the most saturated fat among all the consumable oils. But still its popularity soars.

Sales of coconut oil products are through the roof and production levels of the coconut crop in multiple regions of the country are well on course to match that of sales’.

It is quite trendy now to see many households fry their plantains with coconut oil although the taste of the plantain seems to get lost in the overpowering taste of the coconut oil. Coconut rice is another dish most eateries in Accra seem to be gravitating towards these days. The tangy taste quite possibly satisfies the very needy taste buds of the average Ghanaian.


Coconut oil also gets a shout in the skincare and hair conversations. Its antibacterial properties are thought to be essential in the fight against acne and inflammation, although this still remains a contentious school of thought among dermatologists. The same ideology could be applied in the event of attending to a wound on one’s skin. When it comes to hair, coconut oil is also used to foil lice and dandruff and also to boost hair growth in the long term.


The case of coconut oil definitely is a curious one. However, since production and marketing of coconut is only now on the up here in Ghana, and many other uses of coconut oil continue to be discovered, it is tough to foresee coconut oil experiencing any dip here, at least in the short term. So how high can you go, coconut oil?


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