Yes. A balanced diet containing raw and organic coconut oil offers multiple benefits for your health.
Is All Coconut Oil The Same?
The market for coconut oil has exploded over the last year and the choice of different oils grows by the day. There are a number of ways to make sure you are buying the best.
First check for raw as this means the oil has not been heated over approx. 43 C during production and so is in its most natural form. Secondly look for a recognised certification from an organic authority. The best coconut oils will also be cold pressed and from a single recognised source and Fair Trade means the producers will also benefit.
Cold pressed is a production method using a controlled temperature and therefore maintaining the full health benefits of the oil.
Coconut oil is vegan and vegetarian and some are kosher certified too.
What is the ‘Good’ in Coconut Oil?
- Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs)
- Lauric Acid
Medium Chain Fatty Acids
Coconut oil is a wonderful source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are easily digested and sent straight to the liver, giving an instant source of energy.
Because MCFAs are absorbed directly from the portal vein into the liver and converted immediately to energy, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion. This makes coconut oil a healthy option for people suffering with diabetes or gallbladder problems.
Lauric acid has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral qualities. Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are of this variety.
What Are The Health Benefits?
- Boosts Metabolism
- Enhances Energy
- Aids Digestion
- May Help Weight Loss
- Improves The Immune System
With the metabolism boosted, there is improved cellular activity which makes for an all-round healthier body.
Athletes, nutritionists and personal trainers recommend coconut oil because it is not stored in the body but rather burned immediately and therefore perfect to help boost energy.
The saturated fats in coconut oil contain antimicrobial properties, which help the body to tackle bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. Coconut oil can help to stimulate a sluggish digestion. Further, no pancreatic enzymes are required to break it down.
May Help Weight Loss
With a boosted metabolism, the body is working more efficiently, all of which can help with weight loss.
Improves the Immune System
As many lovers of coconut oil will tell you, it can even help to boost the immune system, leaving your body ready to fight off all kinds of nasty bugs. This is due to the antimicrobial properties of raw coconut oil which aids the body in getting rid of disease-causing germs, thus relieving stress on the immune system.
The body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which studies show can help fight a variety of diseases.
Even More Coconut Oil Benefits
Other benefits noted in a variety of studies include relieving stress, aiding the absorption of key nutrients like calcium (supporting bone strength) and balancing hormones.
Everyday Cooking and Eating
Experiment by using coconut oil as a replacement for all oils and butter in all types of cooking. It’s naturally lactose free so makes a great spread, can be added to smoothies, used to fry or roast food and even as a butter substitute in baking.
Coconut oil tastes different depending on the country where the coconuts are grown and they range from a mild to richer flavour. Either way, they serve to enhance the flavour of foods rather than dominate it.
To learn more about coconut oil visit Lucy Bee’s definitive to guide to coconut oil
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