Coconut Extract -
A Few Flavorful Facts

Coconut Extract Anyone?

Coconut Extract in Brown Bottles

Bottles of Extract

Coconut Extract Is Made From Coconuts

Coconuts For Food Flavoring

Given the endless choices that exist today for almost any product on the market, why should it be any different for brands of extract?

For every flavor known to man, somewhere there’s a flavored extract to match!

The addition of flavored extracts to recipes often give them a new burst of life but a little goes a long way.

If you don't already use flavorings in your cooking, we hope that you try them out. Perhaps you'll begin to like the coconut flavored extract so much that one day it becomes your all time favorite!-:)

Using Coconut Extract

Coconut Extracts For Bread Baking

Homemade Breads

This flavorful extract can be used for:

  • Baking breads, main dishes and desserts
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • On ice cream
  • To flavor coconut syrup and sauces
  • In candles
  • Lotions
  • Personal hygiene products

Facts About Extracts

Usually, extracts are produced by mixing water, ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol and natural or artificial flavors together.

The main difference between imitation extracts and naturally blended extracts is that artificial ingredients are used versus natural flavors or colors.

However, most extracts (even if they claim to be "natural") contain a controversial additive called, propylene glycol.

This additive is “generally regarded as safe” by the FDA.

However...

It's important to know that besides being a solvent for food colors and flavors, it's also:

  • Used in paint and plastics products
  • For theater productions
  • Made into smoke and fog for firefighter training (1)
Coconut Extract Made with Food Additives

Food Additives and Colorings

Propylene glycol is a substance not only used in the food industry but also in these industries:

  • Chemical
  • Pharmaceutical

At room temperature this additive is colorless, odorless and slightly syrupy. This substance can have a negative affect on skin, the respiratory system (from nose to lungs) and the urinary system (kidneys). (2)

Does this sound like something you would want to consume or feed your family?


For those of you interested in avoiding this chemical additive, manufacturer’s now make food extracts that are Propylene Glycol Free.

Also, if you’re someone who is diabetic or monitoring the glycemic index of foods there are coconut extracts available without added sugar.

The same is true for those of you who are gluten sensitive or intolerant. They now have gluten free brands available.

Do remember that when you use extracts in recipes, they are:

  • Concentrated flavoring agents.
  • Often used to make hard candies.
  • Easily evaporate.
  • Intolerant of high heat.
  • Have a strong, fragrant flavor.

For years the only choice we had for extracts were imitation flavored. Fortunately, we have more choices available today for all extract flavors including coconut.

There are brands available that are made with the purest ingredients.







References:

  1. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances
  2. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/substances

http://www.healthandnutritiontips.net

http://www.olivenation.com


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