Why Coconut Oil Is Amazing
I am such a massive fan of the coconut. If the coconut was a person and I was a teenager again, I would have posters bearing its face all over my bedroom walls. If the coconut were to hold a concert, I would be there in the front row with my giant coconut foam finger. Heck, I would marry the coconut. I am not even exaggerating. Everything about the coconut is amazing, but today I want to focus on its oil.
One of the nutritional finds that has literally changed my life in the past few years is that of coconut oil and it’s incredible benefits. Before I became a Wellness Warrior, one of my favourite foods was hot chips. I was heart broken when I thought I would never be able to eat them again. Thankfully, coconut oil came along and saved me. Chips baked in coconut oil will blow your mind. Same goes for popcorn!
COCONUT OIL IS SAID TO BE THE HEALTHIEST OF ALL THE OILS. HERE’S WHY:
+ It’s healthy to cook with: Coconut oil will not turn rancid and oxidize when introduced to heat (unlike other oils – including olive). This means it is suitable for cooking at high temperatures, and has a shelf life of approximately two years or more.
+ It won’t mess with cholesterol: Coconut oil is one of the only few dietary sources of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), and it is said to be the best source. MCFA are special because they do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and they are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis.
+ It will aid in weight loss: Effective weight loss can be achieved when you replace long-chain fatty acids with medium-chain fatty acids. These guys are easily digested and converted into energy, speeding up metabolism.
+ It treats candida and other fungal and bacterial infections: The lauric acid in coconut oil is highly toxic to viruses, funguses and bacteria, which makes it effective for treating candida albicans, fungal infections and athlete’s foot. It also targets bacterial infections and viruses like measles, influenza, hepatitis C and even HIV. Breast milk is the only other source of lauric acid.
+ It prevents wrinkles: The medium-chain triglycerides, naturally occurring fats in coconut oil, deeply penetrate, moisturise and act as a protective barrier against environmental and free radical damage.
+ It replaces sunscreen: Coconut oil is the only thing I apply to my skin if I feel I need sun protection. Ever since I adopted a super nourishing diet I have found that my skin doesn’t really burn (I used to burn easily). However if I am going to be out in the sun for longer than I want, I will apply coconut oil to further prevent burning. Coconut oil screens 20 % of ultraviolet exposure.
WHAT TYPE SHOULD WE BUY?
Look for coconut oil that is organic, unrefined, undeodorised, and cold pressed. It’s also good to use one that is in a glass jar rather than plastic. I use a brand called Niugini.
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE CONSUME?
Some researchers suggest consuming around 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil each day in order to obtain the same amounts of MCFA a nursing infant would receive in one day. However, if you are used to eating a low fat diet, jumping right into consuming this amount of coconut oil may cause diarrhea, so start out slower and work your way up.
If you are pregnant and have never consumed coconut oil before, it’s a good idea to wait until after you’ve had your baby to experiment with it. However, if you are used to coconut oil, there is no reason to stop using it while pregnant.
Want to know what you can do with coconut oil? Click here.
Are you a fan of coconut oil too? How do you use it?
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