I am trying to get my picky kids to eat healthier by slipping things into their meals they would normally not eat. For example adding cauliflower to mashed potatoes or carrots to tomato sauce. I would like to start using healthier oils too.
My question is two parts. First, my youngest got a rash from topical coconut oil, like in sunscreen, and is allergic to almonds. I assume that means he would just as allergic, or more so to ingesting it, correct? Second, I know animal fats are one, but they are not the best choice all of the time. What are some alternatives to coconut oil or animal fat?
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Why do you say animal fats "are not the best choice all of the time"? I would highly disagree. Animal fats are probably the best you can get.
That said, my additional staples would be: EVOO and ghee (clarified butter). Ghee is super easy to make. I'd recommend keeping some in the fridge/freezer. Just make sure to buy grass fed/finished butter, like Kerrygold.
Don't feed the kid who got a rash from coconut anything with coconut until he is tested for that allergy. Your assumption about how he would react to ingesting coconut may or may not be accurate (it probably is), but there's no point in risking it.
Anecdotally, allergies improve when people eliminate gluten grains and excess omega-6 from their diets for a couple of months. Still, it's best to be careful.
Cook everything in butter and the oil problem is solved :)
I'd bet he may be allergic to one of the other several compounds found in that coconut tanning oil, who knows what the stuff is chalked full of.
Try to get them interested in avocados if possible, and also attempt to get them tested for coconut allergy as well.
Other oils you can cook with, albeit much more expensive and some are nut based as well: Red Palm Oil, Macadamia Oil, full fat (grassfed preferred) butter are the ones I stock my kitchen with.
I imagine though if you do you part and slowly take away the cereal grains in the morning (assuming that is what they eat) and start supplementing with eggs in stead, and slowly take away the sugar/starches if possible through out the day, you'll make leaps and bounds w/them.