Coconut oil is a saturated fat and for that reason, has had a bad reputation in the past. However, more research has been done which closely looks at the type of saturated fat in coconut oil, and nearly two-thirds of it consists of medium-chain fatty acids. This means that these fatty acids act very differently from the long-chain fatty acids such as the ones in vegetable oils. They are easily digestible and not stored in the body as fat, but are immediately converted into energy. It also stimulates metabolism.
Coconut oil is made up of approximately 50% of lauric acid, which helps strengthen the immune system and has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Mother’s breast milk is the only other source rich in lauric acid. The followings are other health benefits of coconut oil:
- Protects you from heart disease
- Supports the thyroid function
- Helps stimulate your metabolism; therefore, promotes weight loss
- Improves your digestion
- Helps control diabetes
- Gives a rapid energy source
Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is in its purest and freshest, which means it is the healthiest form of coconut oil without any GMO ingredients. It also has not been processed, refined, or hydrogenated.
Here are some of the ways coconut oil can be used in daily life:
Coconut oil is very heat stable and is resistant to rancidity, making it a healthier alternative to other polyunsaturated vegetable cooking oils such as canola, corn, and sunflower oil. These vegetable oils are heat sensitive and they release damaging free radicals. The only other oil recommended in the kitchen is extra virgin olive oil, but only in a non-heated form such as a salad dressing. Olive oil is also very susceptible to oxidative damage when heated. Coconut oil can be used for in stir-frying and baking, and added to smoothies and hot oatmeal. It can be used over salad and popcorn, and can also be used like butter as a spread. It has a fresh, light flavour.
Skin and Hair
Coconut oil also has skin-nourishing effects. It is anti-aging, protecting the skin from sun damage and wrinkles, and makes the skin smoother. It can be used as a moisturizer after a shower as it melts into the skin. which is great for nourishing dry skin. Coconut oil can also be used as a deep conditioning treatment for hair. It helps the healthy growth of hair, prevening any dandruff or dryness of the scalp.
In addition, coconut oil can be applied topically for eczema patients. It helps to relieve itchiness and dryness of the skin without any fragrance or chemicals. Having antimicrobial properties, it helps to heal and repair the skin.
Next time you are shopping for an oil, now you know which one to reach for! Make the healthy choice for your health both in your kitchen and in your bathroom.