Is coconut oil good for you?
Yes, It is fantastic!
Before I start to list the benefits of coconut oil though, I would like to talk about the kind of coconut oil you should be looking for when you consider to swap your normal oil to coconut oil. No matter where you are going to buy your oil you should be looking for;
1. Extra virgin oil. It was extract and cold pressed in less than 24hrs after the extraction of the coconut meat without adding any other product in It.
2. Cold pressed oil. It was cold pressed in nature presses that does not involved any change in temperature etc.
3. In a glass container. Because the plastics container are not BPA free and that can compromising your health in the future especially if you consider that coconut are normally found in tropical countries and will be travelling a long way before being consumed.
4. Organic. It warranty that soil and product are free from drugs pesticides.
Why should I consider to swap to coconut oil?
The first reason you should to consider to start to use coconut oil is because any other oil, I said ANY Other (including olive oil) that you use are good and rich in vitamins as omega 3, 6 and 9 BUT once you hit them, they become poisons as they become toxics trans fatty acids oils. It is stable at high temperature, perfectly suited for cooking. The melting point of hydrogenated coconut oil is 36-40c (97-104 F) which is excellent meaning It will not change into something else once is cooked.
Coconut oil has got 47% lauric acid. When lauric acid fall in the stomach the body converts into monolaurin which kills viruses, bacterias, parasites. These alone meant to prevent herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, listeria monocytogenes, helicobacter pylori and surprisingly even HIV. It helps the immune system to function better. The second best resource of lauric acid in breast milk 19% and that is the reason breastfed babies are more resistant to diseases.
Coconut oil also has got caprylic acid and capric acid which are medium-chain triglyceride (good cholesterol), good to you as offer to your body the essentials saturate oil that you need without accumulate in arteries build a barrier around cells avoiding the cells to receive the nutrients that is need. Also coconut oil bring vitamin A, D, E e K. The medium chain found in VIRGIN coconut oil, are not used by the body like fats, but rather like carbohydrates. This means that fatty acids do not circulate freely in the blood or get stored away to add to bodyweight. Instead, they are immediately converted to energy which speeds up your metabolism.
Helps to lose weight. Because is thermogenic, help to burn weight as come in and out off your body.
Important is to note that the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the WHO (world health organization), advise against the large consumption of coconut oil due to its high saturated fat but the studies criticizing coconut oil were focused on the hydrogenated , refined oil, not on the virgin coconut oil, these are two very different things.
Coconut oil help control the rate of glucose synthesis and release by slowing down the digestive process. Because it regulate the breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose helps to keep blood-sugar levels in a safe range. It means health benefits especially for type 2 diabetics.
Coconut oil can kill your hunger, making you eat less due to how fatty acids are metabolised.
The ketones in coconut oil can reduce seizures. Studies has show that therapeutic application of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children.
Coconut oil protect hair against damage, moisturise skin and function as sunscreen.
How can I better used coconut oil?
You can use for all cooking methods such as frying, baking etc. You can drink capsules of coconut oil as a supplement or simply swallow 2 tbsp every day as a diet health complement. You can use as a skin moisturising, massage and as a hair hydration treatment. You can spread on a toast etc.