Coconut oil is all the rage these days. People are finding different uses for it each day from hair masks to skin moisturizers, but cooking remains the most popular and is on the rise. However, most people do not know just how many amazing benefits they are receiving from cooking with coconut oil rather than using other oils.
If you’re new to coconut oil, you’re probably a bit weirded out by its solid state. Yes, at room temperature coconut oil is a solid, and once it’s heated it melts into a liquid. It has a high smoke point and is better for cooking than alternative oils. This is due to its medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which do not break apart when heated to high temperatures. With an oil that has long chain triglycerides, like olive oil, these chains break apart and oxidize, which causes free radicals to form which can cause cancer.
Other than its enticing tropical smell and sweet taste, coconut oil is actually a superfood and can help prevent many illnesses and diseases. Take a look below to see how coconut oil can help your body.
- Boosts Metabolism. Don’t be fooled by its fat content! Healthy fats don’t make you fat, in fact, they help you lose weight. Because of its high lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides, when coconut oil is ingested, it heads right to the liver and is burned quickly as energy and is not stored as fat, therefore increasing metabolism.
- Improves Immune System. Due to coconut oil’s fat component, it allows your body to absorb fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) which are needed for healthy body function. Lauric acid in coconut oil is also known to improve the immune system.
- Combats Adrenal Fatigue and Boosts Energy. Since coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglycerides, your body is able to break this down more easily and use it for energy. Your body doesn’t store this as fat, rather it uses it as energy. Your body gains almost twice as much energy from healthy fats versus carbohydrates or sugars, therefore it boosts energy and combats adrenal fatigue.
- Prevent Alzheimers. When your brain stops converting glucose to energy, it begins to starve, resulting in loss of memory and personality. However, your brain being the amazing organ it is, can run on more than one type of energy: ketones. Ketones are the result of the body breaking down fat, and what the MCT’s are converted to in the liver. These ketones are then used to fuel the brain.
- Natural Antibiotic. Being both antibacterial and antiviral, coconut oil can be used for a wide range of medical issues. Topically on a wound, or taking a teaspoon when you feel a cold coming on, coconut oil is sure to fight the bacteria and assist in healing.
- Fights Yeast Infections. Containing anti-fungal properties as well, coconut oil can be used to fight off yeast infections, along with other fungus-driven infections. Keep coconut oil handy for easy relief from diaper rash and athlete’s foot.
- Dental Health. Have you heard of oil pulling? It’s an ancient Ayurvedic practice in which oil is swished around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes to draw out the toxins and kill bacteria. By doing this, you can reduce plaque and gingivitis, as well as keep your breath fresh all day long!
Are you amazed yet? The coconut is a potent superfood which should be incorporated into your daily life. As you now know from above, its properties have positive short-term and long-term effects on your body to keep you healthy and glowing, so use it for snacking or cooking as often as you can!
What is your favorite way to incorporate coconut oil? Leave a response in the comment section below!