Coconut Oil has had a bad rap in the past!
It has been blamed for being high in saturated fat, bad for cholesterol, and many other things that you should avoid.
Today, I throw light on the wonders of Coconut Oil as a superfood and give you a few facts that will have you reconsider coconut oil and even keep a big jar in your pantry for daily use.
1. Coconut Oil for Energy
Coconut oil will give you a boost of energy. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats. It can also reduce your hunger! Both the added energy expenditure and the reduction in hunger can aid with long term weight loss.
2. Coconut Oil & Cholesterol
Did you know there are two kinds of cholesterol? The Heart Foundation, media and food industry has been guilty of portraying cholesterol as simply “bad” but it is more complex than that.
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says:
“Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.
LDL cholesterol sometimes is called “bad” cholesterol. A high LDL level leads to a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries. (Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your body.)
HDL cholesterol sometimes is called “good” cholesterol. This is because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver removes the cholesterol from your body.”
Coconut oil is actually high in HDL cholesterol which helps your body lower the bad cholesterol (which can lead to heart problems).
3. Replace your Cosmetics with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be used straight out of the tub for hundreds of uses including face and body moisturizer, a light sun block (SPF 4-5), a hair treatment for dry locks, lip balm, a chemical free makeup remover, a coconut scented massage oil and personal lubricant!
Warning: do not use coconut oil with latex.
4. Coconut Oil is Better for Cooking
Coconut oil is resistant to oxidation at high temperatures which makes it one of the best oils for frying and cooking with. It is also a delicious addition to many recipes, and can be used as a healthy replacement for butter, fats and other oils.
5. Coconut Oil to Ease What Ails You
Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties and can be used externally to help heal skin infections, sooth sunburn and cracked nipples, prevent stretchmarks and treat athletes foot! It can also be used internally to sooth a sore throat, aid bowel function and deal with food poisoning.
Rethinking Fats and Oils
As you can see there are plenty of uses for Coconut Oil. It is time to rethink fats and oils in general with new research showing that many common ideas about fats being bad are simply wrong.
We have been convinced that we should buy “fat free” when in fact good fats are essential to healthy living.
Pick up a jar of organic virgin coconut oil next time you are in health food store and start incorporating this super food for a healthier you!