There seems to be a lot of hype lately about coconut oil but do you really know all the things you can do with it? Here is my personal take on the why everyone should have coconut oil in the cupboard.
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) which, as a saturated fat means it is solid at room temperature. (You know it’s going to be a warm day when you are adding liquid coconut oil to your breakfast.)
Why is this important?
This is important because it provides us with a high-temperature cooking oil that will not go rancid. When you cook with an oil that is unsaturated (olive oil, vegetable oil), the bonds between the fat structures break apart and actually create free radicals in the body. These free radicals are one of the theories on the creation of cancer in the body. The bonds in coconut oil are much stronger and can withstand higher temperatures. This still isn’t to say that cooking anything at very high temperatures is a good idea but at least if you are using the proper oil you are being a little safer.
Other than being good for cooking, coconut oil is FANTASTIC to eat on its own.
FACT: Coconut oil contains caprylic acid.
Caprylic acid is good for fighting bacterial and fungal infections which is good buffer against candida albacans in the gut or any immune compromising infection. You can spread coconut oil over toast, blend it in your morning smoothie or cook your morning breakfast with it.
FACT: Coconut oil can be used topically.
Instead of cosmetics that contain endless ingredients, you can moisturize your skin, lips and hair with coconut oil. For dry brittle hair you can use it as a conditioning treatment or you can create a skin treatment with coconut sugar for a body scrub – see Carla’s Coconut Sugar Body Scrub Recipe to learn how to do this.
FACT: Coconut oil is a great weight loss tool.
Coconut oil contains CLA which is a fatty acid that has been shown to decrease tummy fat. It can also reduce appetite and make you feel fuller for longer. Along with diet and exercise this is a great addition to any diet plan.
So now you know what it does, which one is the best to buy?
The best ones are unrefined, extra virgin coconut oils. Some are better quality than others and you will be able to tell because of the taste. You can also buy certain ones that do not have a coconut taste, which if you are using it for cooking, are sometimes easier to work with.
Well there you have it- Why buy coconut oil? If you are looking for better skin or hair, if you are hoping to reduce appetite and shed some pounds, and if you just like the taste of coconut to name a few reasons.
How do you get it? Come out to Naturmend and purchase this great product, paving your way to better health. Make sure you ask one of our front desk staff for additional recipes too!
I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, CHN™ and have a transcript in Iridology from the Canadian Institute of Iridology. I achieved my diploma with honors in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta. My vast knowledge of supplementation has been acquired from working in naturopathic clinics, health food stores and ongoing education through webinars, books and podcasts. It is important to me to have up to date information on the newest nutritional research and popular diets. I have also completed my 200hr yoga teacher training in Brazil in 2013 with Define Yoga.