Let’s take a closer look at it, how it helps the body, and what kind is best for you.
Coconut oil has been used in tropical cultures for thousands of years. In Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system, it is also used as a healing food.
At a dinner party recently, I was asked, “but isn’t coconut oil full of fat and bad for your health?” This is a common misconception about coconut oil made popular by the makers of other vegetable oils.
Yes, coconut oil is a saturated fat, but because of it’s unique composition, this fat is actually good for us.
During World War II, the U.S. could not import coconut oil from the South Pacific Islands, and other vegetable oils were born out of necessity.
But all oils are not created equal.
Why Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of lauric acid, which is also found in large amounts in human breast milk. Lauric acid is important for helping human babies fight diseases and viruses by strengthening their immune system. It continues this immune boosting affect on adults too.
Taking coconut oil and cooking with it daily will help you loose weight. It is easy to digest and promotes a healthy thyroid. It also increases the body’s metabolism.
Soften Skin and Hair
Coconut oil softens skin and helps prevent wrinkles. You can experience the skin benefits by eating the oil and placing it directly on skin as a lotion and moisturizer.
What Coconut Oil to Buy
Coconut oil is a far superior oil to “vegetable” and “canola” oil, which are highly refined. To experience the amazing power of coconut oil, purchase the unrefined, cold-pressed, extra-virgin coconut oil. Although the refined versions are cheaper, in this case, you get what you pay for. Splurge for your health. You won’t regret it. A little bit of coconut oil goes a long way.
Also, be sure to purchase edible coconut oil and not the kind specifically made for cosmetic use.
If you have a local farmer’s market nearby, that’s your best bet for good prices on coconut oil. Also, try international markets.
Wholefoods and other health food stores also sell coconut oil, but you’ll pay a little more.
Here are some of my favorite brands of the oil (click on image to go to amazon to purchase.):
What to do with Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is very unique. It is a liquid in warm temperatures and solid in cold temperatures. This makes it more fun to use coconut oil in various recipes.
Coconut oil has a very buttery, nutty taste. It does not have an artificial coconut taste that’s often used in candy and sweets so don’t worry if you’re not crazy about coconut flavored things. The oil’s taste is very subtle and suitable for most sensitive palates.
Sweet Fruit Dipping Sauce
This sweet sauce is perfect for dipping fruit. And, it’s much better for your health than caramel. Try it!
Delicious smoothie recipe will have you licking the cup so that you don’t waste a drop. Full of vitamins and nutrients, plus it taste good.
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