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The Benefits of Coconut Oil.

                                                         

The western world is constantly being reminded to avoid saturated fats. Obesity and heart disease being the key reasons to avoid these fats and instead focus on the “healthier” vegetable fats. (One quick side point multiple studies on Pacific populations, which typically have a diet of between 30%-60% in coconut oil saturated fat having virtually non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease). One of the saturated fats that has been demonised has been coconut oil, with its high saturated fat content it was condemned never to be eaten again, being replaced by miracle low fat replacements like that weird stuff Vernon Kaye advertises with his mam. This however is a big mistake, unfortunately if you’re not eating coconut oil you’re missing out on a whole list of health benefits which i’ll mention later, first the science.

Coconut Oil is approximately 90% saturated fat, which is made up of 3 different fatty acids, Capric, Caprylic and Lauric acid. These fatty acids are “medium chain” fatty acids which means, unlike the “long chain” fatty acids in vegetable oils, it can easily be broken down and used for energy by the liver without the insulin spike carbohydrates cause.

50% of the saturated fat is made up of Lauric Acid which the body converts into monolaurin, which has anti microbal, oxidant, fungal and bacterial properties which is a great way of helping to heal the gastrointestinal system. Healing this system is vital to anyone hoping to improve their health and is an often forgotten part of a change in eating habits.

The benefits are many, coconut oil has been found to help,

  • Hair/Skin Care.

  • Stress Relief.

  • Cholesterol.

  • Immune System.

  • Weight Loss.

  • High Blood Pressure.

  • Bone Strength.

  • Cancer.

  • Dental Care.

  • Nutrient Absorption.

  • Ease Alzheimers.

  • Raise Metabolic Rate.

Try using coconut oil in your cooking, simply by using it instead of vegetable oils, (it’s especially tasty in stir frys. It can be used as a spread much like you would use margarine. Some even use it by placing a spoonful in a cup of coffee or tea instead of using milk. However you choose to use it ensure you start bringing coconut oil into your diet and remove those “low fat” spreads.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jan/15/healthandwellbeing.foodanddrink

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/coconut-oil-benefits_b_821453.html

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

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This entry was posted on June 25, 2013 by in Uncategorized.
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