For thousands of years the coconut and coconut oil have been a staple of traditional tropical cultures. Studies of Polynesian cultures have shown that there has been very little heart disease present among those populations even with a diet high in saturated fat.
What has been discovered is that not all saturated fat is bad for you. In fact, your body needs unprocessed saturated fat to function properly and it is important for a healthy diet.
It is the hydrogenated saturated fats (also called trans fats) which are the real villains and cause all kinds of health problems. Hydrogenated saturated fats are created unnaturally and are found in many processed foods unlike the unprocessed saturated fats which occur naturally.
Coconut oil is truly a “superfood” and has been scientifically studied and found to have many health benefits for your heart, as an aid to losing weight and to help strengthen your immune system.
Coconut Oil’s Miracle Ingredient
There is a miracle ingredient in the fat content of the coconut oil called lauric acid. Lauric acid comprises about 50% of the fat content of the oil and is metabolized by your body into monolaurin which is responsible for coconut oil’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. There is no other food that contains as much lauric acid as coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Has Medium-Chain Fatty Acids
A large percentage of coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (like around 2/3). When these MCFA’s are metabolized they give you a boost of energy which speeds up your metablolism and in turn helps you to lose weight. Unlike the long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in vegetable or seed oils which are deposited in your body as arterial plaque or body fat which is very unhealthy.
Coconut Oil Is Great For Your Skin
One of the things I love about coconut oil is just taking it out of the jar and putting it on my hands to soothe the ezcema I tend to get on my skin. It doesn’t irritate or make it itch; just soaks in and softens the dry spots.
So many other creams or lotions that I have used end up making the ezcema itch and defeating the whole purpose of putting on the cream because I end up scratching or washing it off to stop the itching.
When buying coconut oil, make sure that it is cold-pressed virgin coconut oil with a mild coconut flavor and smell. If it has been bleached, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated it will have been stripped of the medium-chain fatty acids and all its benefits.