There is a reason why the coconut and its products are everywhere right now... If you want healthy looking skin, a great metabolism, and a healthy heart then coconut oil is the way to get all three. Over the last couple of years it has recovered from its previously bad classification with all other fats/oils and people have come back to the idea that coconut oil is actually pretty good for you. We've found dozens of compelling reasons why the coconut and its oil should be at the top of your shopping list... here are 10
For best the results you need a non-hydrogenated coconut oil – and don’t let the word “oil” frighten you. Coconut oil is a heart-healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats, and provides many benefits in addition to improving brain health, including:
Although no one food is a miracle mouthful to great health, coconut oil comes close. From cooking to your daily beauty routine, there's a whole load of ways that coconut can help your health...
The lauric acid in coconut oil has the power to keep your heart happy and healthy by controlling troublesome cholesterol. This is down to its ability to increase the good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad (LDL) which is important for a healthy heart
Here's the one benefit we are most excited about... coconut oil can aid weight loss as it contains medium-chain fatty acids that help take off excessive weight and it’s easy to digest. It increases the body’s metabolic rate, so people who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, will use the fat and not store it on their bodies.
It's not just your insides that benefit from coconut oil, like Argan oil, it's great to use on your skin, hair and nails to keep them nourished and moisturised. You can use it as a massage oil, its solid consistency means that it will keep its thick, creamy texture until things start to heat up. Less mess, better skin, nails and hair!
Coconut oil is a brilliant source of energy as the MCT are transported to the liver where they are used as a quick source of energy or turned into ketones (this is used as 'food for the brain). So if you're looking for an energy lift, a teaspoon of coconut oil in your coffee or with some food will work wonders.
Unlike sunflower oil or olive oils (including virgin olive oil), cooking with coconut oil is incredibly healthy. Coconut oil has a higher smoke point than other conventional cooking oils (olive oil included – which it's only beneficial if taken cold and uncooked). This means it [coconut oil] maintains its goodness even when heated! This is because unlike many vegetable oils it is resistant to the breakdown of fatty acid chains when heated.
It's not just cooking with coconut oil that's great, coconut oil is great for vegans as an alternative to butter and other spreads. This is because coconut oil is solid at room temperature and so unlike other oils, it can be used as a spread. It's also a purely natural product free from any animal products or dairy so is a great ingredients for vegans.
As well as lowering things like cholesterol, coconut oil can actually help improve other health woes, this is primarily down to the high content of lauric acid. This compound has been shown to have antiviral properties and studies have shown how it prevents certain viruses from entering cells and causing illness.
Yes! Studies show that coconut oil can actually help with brain activity and as such, can be a great aid for the prevention of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's.
"Coconut oil has been linked to studies showing how the ketones produced from it's metabolism may benefit Alzheimer's sufferers by increasing energy supply to the brain (energy in the form of ketones)."
Ketones are proven to come in very useful if you're an athlete, when you're doing short bursts of high intensity exercise like HIIT (High-intensity Impact Training), or even just moving around the house or going up and down the stairs.
Leading nutritionists are convinced of coconut oil's ability to enhance your sport performance. They say, "Because of its easy conversion to ketones [coconut oil] may help athletes increase performance especially in anaerobic sports."
Other Ketones (Raspberry) are being touted as a super supplement by heath stores and across the internet and will cost you a small fortune for a 30 day supply... coconuts contain their own Ketones, and at a fraction of the cost (along with the other coconut benefits).
If you suffer from digestive problems like gas and IBS then eating coconut oil is a great way to soothe your symptoms. The properties and fats within coconut oil help in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids; and also its antimicrobial properties help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion.
Our organic coconut sugar is a sustainable and healthy sweetener. Coconut sugar, also referred to as coconut palm sugar, or coconut crystals/nectar is healthy and sustainable for our planet. Coconut sugar also naturally has a low glycemic index (35), making it safer and better for those with diabetes.
Most important of all, it tastes amazing. It can be used to flavour and sweeten dishes without totally overpowering them.
The difference between good and bad fat can be pretty confusing for anyone trying to keep tabs on their health. Varying degrees of processing happen to different forms of coconut oil, hydrogenation causes the formation of "trans fats", and unfortunately certain types of over-processed coconut oil are full of them.
Make sure is that you chose non-hydrogenated oil as hydrogenated ones are full of bad "trans fats" that increase LDL cholesterol (bad) and decreased good cholesterol.
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