Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap. Once thought of as an unhealthy fat and a large contributor to heart disease, recent studies have shown that coconut oil is in fact a heart healthy food and can drastically improve your body’s digestion and overall well being. There’s a lot of information and controversy surrounding this specific oil and we’re here to help you sift through it all:
Coconut oil reinforces the well documented fact that all fats are not created equal. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), a positive form of saturated fat. We metabolize this form of fat in our livers, converting it into instant energy as opposed to being stored as fat. These fats help process and deal fungi, parasites and various bacteria that cause indigestion. It also contains antimicrobial lipids, capric, lauric and caprlyic acid – all of which strengthen our immune system.
Coconut oil can also be used as a weight loss tool by increasing the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and shedding body weight.
Cooking With Coconut Oil
While it is still a calorie dense food, coconut oil has proven itself as a wonderful tool in the kitchen. It can withstand high heat and its rich, almost-nutty taste makes for a wonderful addition to your pantry. Toss your veggies in it before you roast them or use a tablespoon to fry your eggs. Replace butter with coconut oil the next time you eat toast or make popcorn.
Skin and Hair Care
In addition to easing digestion and helping with weight loss, coconut oil can be used as an inexpensive and versatile addition to your skin and hair care regime. Combine coconut oil with sugar to create an all-natural body scrub or use it as a makeup remover. It also works as an excellent alternative to lotion and can help soothe sunburns and dry skin. Scoop out a handful of coconut oil and use it as a deep conditioning treatment for your hair – just leave it in for twenty minutes and rinse!
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