Coconut Oil…where to begin on such an amazing and miraculous natural product??? Coconut Oil has so many uses entire books need to be written to explain the many benefits of this amazing food and medicine. Many people have the view that because coconut oil is a saturated fat it is bad for you. In actual fact it is one of the best oils for you. The reason being is that saturated fats like coconut oil are made of medium chain fatty acids, which are the same fatty acids found in human breast milk. How can something in human breast milk be bad for you? Coconut oil is also present in high quality infant formulas; and is used in hospitals to feed premature babies and the elderly.
The Building Block
Coconut oil has a complete molecular structure; unlike mono- and poly- unsaturated fats (vegetable oils) which are missing pairs of atoms in the molecular structure. What does this mean? Basically, these 'gaps' in the structure leaves room for free radicals to enter. Rancid vegetable oils are one way of how free radicals can cause a breakdown in healthy cell function. For example in a punnet of strawberries if just one strawberry is mouldy this contaminates and damages nearby strawberries turning them mouldy as well. Using this strawberry analogy demonstrates simply how free radicals work in the body…they convert healthy cells into more free radicals. Coconut oil is one of the most highly stable oils and does not change molecularly when heated, making it the perfect oil for cooking (below 175 degrees celcius).
Coconut oil goes straight to your liver and gets converted into energy immediately without any effort at all from your liver. This means that whenever you are hungry or want to suppress your appetite (to lose weight) you can just have a spoonful or coconut oil which results in you feeling full, energised and healthy.
The Vast Benefits
Sources on coconut oil indicate that this oil may have certain protective properties against diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. The South Pacific Islanders and South Americans have been using coconut in their diets for hundreds of years and there is NO obesity, heart disease, diabetes evident in their society...UNTIL THEY ARE INTRODUCED TO PROCESSED FOODS, then their health just deteriorates rapidly.
This site has listed 160 benefits of coconut oil: http://www.hybridrastamama.com/2012/01/160-uses-for-coconut-oil.html
It is a FOOD and a MEDICINE
Coconut oil is:
You can incorporate coconut oil into your diet through cooking, eating it off the spoon, and it can even be used as a hair treatment and conditioner or as a face and body moisturiser. The uses are limitless! The best coconut oils are those that are organic, raw, cold-pressed and unrefined.
If you would like more information on the amazingness that is Coconut Oil have a read of Bruce Fife's "The Coconut Oil Miracle." It is beautifully written and backed up with scientific evidence. The last chapter also has some really yummy recipes using coconut oil.