By now you know how much I love coconuts. So I thought I’d share some information with you on why they’re so amazing, so that you can love them too!
Used as a staple in the diets of Polynesians for centuries, coconut oil has recently experienced a huge rise in popularity. Featured in whole food, raw food and detox diets, it is affordable and boasts a range of health benefits.
Coconut oil contains “good fats.”
There’s been confusion in the past because coconut oil contains saturated fat, causing nutritionists to give it a wide berth. However, scientists now know that the fat in coconuts is in the form of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), a healthy form of saturated fat. MCFAs are easily converted by the liver into energy and do not turn into damaging trans fats when cooked. I use coconut oil for stir frys and curries, because it has a higher smoke point, (when oil becomes too hot and goes smoky, it has become damaged and you shouldn’t eat it).
Coconut oil kills bacteria and boosts immunity
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, unique kinds of fats which have antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
Coconut oil supports a healthy heart
In the 1980s, researchers studying Polynesian communities found that those with a high intake of coconut oil had virtually no heart disease. Coconut oil has since been shown to help control weight and reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol, both essential for a healthy cardiovascular system.
It’s great for your skin too!
Coconut oil is a fantastic moisturiser and is easily absorbed into the skin, with the added benefit of having therapeutic properties. It is great for eczema, dermatitis, dry, flaky or cracked skin, fungal infections, and can also be used as a conditioning treatment for damaged hair and flaky scalps. It’s also the best waterproof mascara remover I have ever used!
So how do I get my daily dose of coconut oil?
Coconut oil can be added to smoothies, salad dressings, bliss balls, desserts, and dips. It tastes great, so some people choose to just eat it off the spoon! Most experts recommend between 1 and 3 tbsp of raw coconut oil daily, but 3 tbsp seems like a lot to me. If you are trying it for the first time, start with 1 tbsp daily and work your way up.
The most important thing is to buy organic, extra virgin coconut oil. Please do not use any of that hydrogenated solid stuff that you used to make your chocolate crackles with in the 1980’s! Sneak it into as many recipes as you can (raw food recipes are best to keep the oil’s healthy properties intact), and soon you will be a big fan of coconuts too!
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