Many people are afraid of using coconut oil (which is a wonderful oil) because it is a saturated fat and because of the myth that using it might lead to heart disease. This is of course based on research which shows that saturated animal fat leads to clogged arteries. Coconut oil is indeed a saturated fat, but the crucial difference is that this is not an animal fat but fat that is derived from a plant!
Research shows that coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, giving us the sensation we are full much faster, therefore helps us lose weight! Coconut oil has caprylic and Lauric acid that are abundant in breast milk! Research shows that caprylic and Lauric acids have tons of super healthy benefits for us: they are anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial that help boost our immune system! This is a great oil for kids! Use it for cooking, spreading on bread, for baking and what not! Coconut oil is the best for use in high heat!
Here are key things to keep in mind when choosing a coconut oil:
1) Must be cold-pressed
2) Must turn into clear liquid when temperature is 24 Celsius or higher
3) Must have the smell of real coconut – odourless coconut oil is not good!
4) On the label it must say – extra virgin
5) Try to look for Organic when possible
Apart from being good food, coconut oil is great to rub on the skin for extra moisture, on the face and hair. Another great use is in the bedroom, use it as a lubricant, for those of you having trouble producing your own liquid 🙂
If you are interested to learn more about the power of coconut oil, I recommend reading the book: “The Coconut Oil Miracle” by Bruce Fife
The following recipe is very simple and super nutritious as coconut oil is a great substitute for butter and other spreads:
Toast your bread, spread coconut oil on it and top with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Enjoy!
Last week I tried to give this to my kids for breakfast, my youngest (18 MO) didn’t eat the veggies just the bread with the coconut but the older one (4 YO) ate everything!
I was very excited and happy as it became super challenging for me to feed her healthy. She craves sweet foods with very little to none nutrition and I see how it affects her behaviour.