It's often lumped together with other saturated fats and we're told to avoid it because of this, but actually coconut oil is a fabulous addition to anyones diet/health regime for many reasons.
Yes it is a saturated fat, but there are different types depending on their short/medium/chain lengths , and coconut oil differs from others giving it remarkable healing properties.
It's made up of short and medium chain fatty acids with 50% being lauric acid, getting converted to mono laurin in the human body, making it anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral. On this basis it has the potential to help fight such things as herpes, influenza, HIV and several bacteria in the body.
The large proportion of short chain fatty acids allows the fats to be directly converted into pure clean energy and NOT stored in the body (liver) as fat.This takes the pressure off the livers metabolic load.
Simply put it's quickly metabolized and will NOT assist in weight gain - yippee! and it tastes great!
It's so versatile - its highly heat resistant (oxidises at temperatures over 198 degrees) making it a very stable oil for cooking. It's solid at room temperature so can be used as a spread alternative to butter and margarine. Try it, its yum!
Most recipes calling for butter, margarine or any other oil for that matter can be substituted with coconut oil.
Preferably organic, coconut flour (naturally gluten free), coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut shavings and dessiciated coconut (unsweetened) are all great versatile additions to the diet from curries to muesli.
I use organic coconut milk in a post exercise 'shake' and recommend it to clients ,particularly protein types, to replenish muscles : combine coconut milk, banana, ice, cinnamon and cocoa powder in a blender and whizz up - very tasty, and an instant re vitaliser.
It also makes you feel satiated so its possible to go without eating for hours.
Having very dry skin the oil (same as you'd use for cooking) was also recommended to me some time ago as a moisturiser; its beneficial also for eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and wrinkles! and it makes you smell good!
For glossy hair, use the oil as a pre wash conditioner, to lubricate and soften the hair shaft with NO chemical or additives.
Basically coconuts offer a TOP product range for inner and outer health and in summary the benefits are :
- helps weight loss, lowers cholesterol
- helps reduce the risk of heart diesase
- can help those with diabetes, and thyroid problems
- helps IBS symptoms and other digestive disorders
- is a great skin rejuvenator
- is an effective hair moisturiser
- boosts energy/vitality
Apparently just as an interesting aside, as many as 100 million people worldwide are dependent on coconut as their major source of income. Quite significant hey?!
For further reading on the major benefits of coconuts read The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife.
Today's Tip : Open your mind, it's liberating!