Coconut Oil

By : | | On : March 30, 2014 | Category : Food & Health, Healthy Living

Did you know that coconut oil is classified as a “superfood”? I’ve been doing some research on coconut oil and its benefits as I’ve read a lot of great things about it. Have you noticed the increase of things related to coconut? I have always enjoyed drinking coconut juice. As a child, my family would buy it in bulk and chop it open ourselves. I’ve eaten desserts that contained coconut milk, coconut flakes, etc and never thought twice about it. Nowadays you’ll find coconut water and even beauty products that contain coconut.

So what happened? Coconut oil used to be thought of as unhealthy because of its saturated fat. New studies and developments are showing that coconut oil may actually contain healthy fats. Studies show that coconut oil may help our bodies fight off viruses and bacteria that may cause severe illnesses. It can have a positive affect in hormones for thyroid and blood sugar levels. Shown to boost digestion and absorb fat soluble vitamins. 

5 ways to use coconut oil

1. Butter substitution
You can use coconut oil as a substitution for recipes that call for butter or margarine. Because coconut oil, like butter, becomes solid, you can use it as a spread too!

2. Lotion
Have some dry hands, legs, or lips? Use a little bit of coconut oil on your skin. Absorbs quickly without feeling oily. Add some oil essences for more of a fragrance.

3. Massage oil
Lather on some oil and feel like you’re in the tropical of Hawaii. Try coconut oil as a massage oil instead.

4. Oil replacement
Don’t feel like using your vegetable oil for frying eggs? Try using coconut oil instead.

5. For smoothies
Want to change up your daily smoothie? Try adding coconut oil or milk instead. Plenty of nutrients and a dose of healthy fats.

Research on coconut oil has shown that the medium chain fatty acids metabolize differently and go directly to the liver from the digestive area. As it enters the digest area, it then turns into something called ketone bodies which has a therapeutic effect on brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. Coconut oil also contains Lauric Acid which can kill off fungus, bacteria and viruses. This can potentially lead to preventing infections. Also a great boost in metabolism and energy, coconut oil is shown to increase energy by 5%. It has plenty of health benefits, like the chia seeds, it gives the same affect of being satiated. Loaded with saturated fats, it can improve the cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease. 

How can you start using coconut oil? It works well in baked items that require butter. Try pairing it with a leafy green like kale. Add it to a protein shake or simply fry an egg with it. Getting in one to two tablespoons a day can be beneficial to your health. Don’t pass off this oil just yet because of the bad rep it has received. With all new studies out there, coconut oil seems to be showing great health benefits to it. Give it a shot!

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