Coconut Oil and Why It’s a Healthy Choice
South Pacific Islanders and Polynesian communities whose diets are high in fully saturated coconut oil, were found to be healthy and trim, while heart disease was virtually non-existent. Obviously, coconut oil was benefiting the health of these islanders.
I sure you know by now that saturated fats are bad for your health and can lead to a host of negative consequences – like high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. But not all saturated fats are the same!
Why Coconut Oil You May Ask?
It improves heart health, balances your thyroid, boosts your metabolism, increases lean body mass and supports the immune system. It’s very beneficial for the skin and has been found to have anti-aging and regenerative effects.
How does Coconut Oil Work in Your Body?
This is of a type oil rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a “miracle” compound because of its unique health promoting properties and it’s also nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These MCFA’s are small, easily digested and are immediately burned by your liver for energy – like carbohydrates, but without the blood sugar spike.
MCFA’s in coconut oil also boost your metabolism and help your body use fat for energy, as opposed to storing it, so it can actually help you become leaner.
Coconut oil has actually been shown to help optimise body weight, it boosts your metabolic rate to improve your energy, accelerates healing and improves your overall immune function and just to top it all – it’s incredibly good for your heart.
The truth is this: it is unsaturated fats that are primarily involved in heart disease and too much sugar and processed foods, not the naturally occurring saturated fats, as you have been led to believe.
How to use Coconut Oil in Your Kitchen
Personally, I mostly use only two oils in my food preparation.
The first, extra-virgin olive oil is the best monounsaturated fat and works best as a salad dressing. However, olive oil and other common vegetable oils such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower and canola, are absolutely the worst oils to cook with because they oxidise with heat and form trans-fats, that are not good for your at all.
So when it comes to cooking, frying etc., I use mostly coconut oil because it’s the ONLY oil stable enough to withstand the heat of cooking.
So, do yourself a favor and cook with coconut oil.
You can substitute it in most recipes calling for oil; put it in your smoothie or protein powder drink.
A Healthy & Delicious Dessert Using Coconut Oil – even kids would eat
Heat the following together:-
1 TBSP of coconut oil,
1 TBSP coconut milk,
1 TBSP cacao or raw chocolate
1 TBSP half teaspoon of honey and
Pour the mixture and coat a frozen banana.
You can roll it in coconut flakes and ground macadamia then freeze for another 30 minutes. It makes a delicious frozen dessert!
Energy Boosting COCONUT POWER BALLS – perfect for when you’re on the go
1/2 cup sunflower or nut butter
2 tablespoons raw honeyor stevia
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
3/4 cup natural, unsweetened hemp/pea protein powder
1 teaspoon organic, alcohol-free vanilla
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
Mix sunflower seed or nut butter, protein powder, honey, and vanilla until smooth
Then add remainder of ingredients.
Form into 1-inch balls and place in an airtight container . Store in the fridge.
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