We used to think than coconut oil was not good for us. Recent studies have shown the opposite. And the healthy benefits of using coconut oil are witnessed by individuals all over the world. It’s one of the healthiest oils you can eat, in fact. Here are the top seven reasons why, as an alternative to other traditional cooking oils, you should use coconut oil.
1. In your body, coconut oil doesn’t turn into fat.
Coconut oil won’t make you fat, unlike many other popular oils, including soy (vegetable) and corn. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) which, without turning to fat, are a simple fuel for the body to burn.
Long-chain triglycerides (LCT) are found in most other cooking oils and fats. Usually, LCT’s are stored as fat. Since coconut oil is an MCT, it is easier to absorb and turn into energy faster.
For centuries, individuals in the tropics have depended on coconuts as the main nutritional source in their diet. Every day, they eat massive quantities of coconut oil. It helps them remain balanced, lean and slim instead of getting fatter.
They grow of obesity and the health issues that our modern society faces can be in a way a result of turning from coconut oil to our modern oils.
The ones who really understand this concept and know the secret for many years, are the people who work in the animal feed business.
They know that if they feed the livestock with vegetable oils, they will put on weight and grow more fatty meat. On the contrary, when they are fed with coconut oil, they will become very lean.
2. Your metabolism is improved by coconut oil.
Not only does your body turn coconut oil into energy faster, it also increases your metabolism. When your metabolism increases, the body burn fat more efficiently, which as a result, facilitates weight loss.
Furthermore, coconut oil will triple the number of calories that you burn. As coconut oil is an MCT, it is so easily converted into energy that it generates a lot of heat.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, after a meal, MCTs burn three times more calories than LCTs for the following six hours after you’ve eaten.
The Woman’s World magazine’s February 15, 2005 issue reported that the “underground high-metabolism secret” is coconut oil.
For all the people suffering from thyroids issues, this are excellent news. By stimulating the development of extra thyroid hormones, coconut oil strengthens slow thyroids. In addition to this, it has been shown that most other popular oils, such as vegetables (soy) and maize, inhibit thyroid function.
3. The fatty acids in coconut oil are omega 3.
Many cooking oils contain fatty acids containing omega 6. In the United States people is normally getting way too much of omega 6 fatty acids. Their proportion of omega 6 to omega 3 should be 1:1, but it’s more like 50:1.
In order to be safe, they will need to significantly decrease the omega 6 oils and eat a lot more omega 3 oils. And coconut oil is filled with these good omega 3 fatty acids.
4. Coconut oil provides you with electricity.
Most people who decide to turn to coconut oil and start including, more coconut into their diet and life, experience a blast of extra energy in their everyday lives. Not only because of the good omega 3 fatty acids, but also because of the fact that it increases their metabolism.
The reason of this is that coconut oil is the richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in nature, which improve metabolic rates and contribute to weight loss. MCT’s encourage thermogenesis, which stimulates the metabolism of the body, generating energy.
Many individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found it advantageous for them to add coconut and coconut oil to their diet.
5. Coconut oil is one of the best things that you can use on your skin and hair.
This one is something I have been doing for years. One of the best things you can directly add to your skin and hair is coconut oil. In some cultures, they use coconut oil on their scalp, to get rid of dandruff.
Also, you can use it as a hair moisturiser mask, as it restructures and nurtures the hair making it healthier, shinier. Moreover, if you put coconut oil on your hair before going to the beach or the swimming pool in summer, it protects your hair from the sun, chlorine and sea water. Specially if your hair is dyed or highlighted.
Coconut oil provides temporary relief to skin issues such as rashes. This helps to heal and return the skin to a younger look. As well as many other skin conditions, it has also been known to support people suffering from yeast infections in the skin.
Coconut oil not only softens and smoothest your skin, it has antioxidant properties that protect the skin against free radical damage. This is also a reason to use coconut oil after a day of sunbathing. It will regenerate and nourish your skin to avoid peeling and help your sun tanning skin to last longer.
Coconut oil could also be used as an excellent massage oil.
6. Coconut oil has healthy benefits that are not achieved by most other oils.
Evidence is increasing that when both eaten and used topically on the skin, coconut oil has anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral effects.
Most oils very easily oxidize and turn rancid, causing free radical damage to our bodies. Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and, like polyunsaturated vegetable oils, does not cause harmful free radical damage.
Free radical damage from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers is thought to be responsible for many diseases in our body.
Coconut oil also allows our bodies to consume other nutrients, such as Vitamin E, more efficiently.
7. One of the best oils you can use for cooking is coconut oil.
It has a higher smoke point than olive oil, meaning than it can be ideal for higher temperatures. We may opt to consume some good omega-3 oils, such as flax and olive oil, but under the high heat we use for cooking, they don’t do very well.
While, on the contrary, at higher cooking temperatures, the best oil we may use is coconut oil.
Unlike other cooking oils, which are usually rancid long before you even get them home, it is harder for coconut oil to go rancid.
In the body, rancid oils cause free radical damage, which is a leading cancer cause. At room temperature, coconut oil is stable for over a year.
We have lost out on the safe benefits that coconut oil has offered the people of the tropics for centuries because of the misinformation we have been given for years.
But thanks to the internet and globalization, it’s been rediscovered now!
It will not be long before we see coconut oil supplements promoted, but you can get the jump on the famous crowd and start eating and cooking with coconut oil today!
Coconut oil is so effective!