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The Benefits of Coconut Oil: Is This Really Good For Me?

By July 7, 2016 No Comments
The Benefits Of Coconut Oil: Is This Really Good For Me

Often, we are told how bad saturated fats are for our health. Whether it is by our doctors or news articles, we are told coconut oil is not good because it is a source of artery-clogging saturated fat.

Well, I disagree! Coconut oil has been criticized when it is actually one of the good fats. It has been used in hospital formulas to feed critically ill patients and is a major component of baby formulas because it provides the same nutrient value as human breast milk.Coconut oil is used to treat a number of common illnesses and considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be a safe, natural food.

Coconut oil is used to treat a number of common illnesses and considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be a safe, natural food.

It was discovered by the people that live in the Islands of the South Pacific. Heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and arthritis are almost unheard of there, but when these natives abandon their traditional diets for the Western foods, they find that their health deteriorates, the closer they come to the diseases of the West like diabetes, gout, obesity, and atherosclerosis.

Time and time again, we are told to limit our fat intake to reduce the risk of heart disease and we should consume no more than 30% of our total calorie intake per day. However, the Polynesian people consume large quantities of fat in the form of coconut oil, as much as 60% of their total calorie intake.

You might be wondering, Is this really good for me?

What people do not understand is that there are many types of saturated fats and they affect the body differently. The plant source that is found in coconut oil is different from what is found in animal products.

The difference is the nature of the fat molecule, which is found in coconut oil. The molecules of all fats and oils are called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. One is based on the amount of saturation found within fats and oils (saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated). Another way of classifying fats is based on the molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid. Within fatty acids there are long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. They are known as short chain fatty acids (SCFA), medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), and long chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is mostly composed of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCT).

Here are 4 reasons to consume MORE MCT’s:

They raise your metabolic function and help you release stored fat
They provide energy and help you think clearly – yes, you can do it all! ☺
They can help improve your mood by balancing your hormones
They are naturally antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial – this means they will help your fight infection and keep unwanted visitors out.

Coconut oil is also used to treat patients that have digestive and malabsorption issues. (That means, their body doesn’t pull in the nutrients from the food they are eating to keep it functioning optimally. Some signs of malasorption are: gas, bloating and fatigue.) Not only do malabsorption and digestion issues wreak havoc on your gut, studies show that they can harm your immune system as well. Coconut oil can help replenish and heal these systems so you can run optimally!

Add coconut oil to your daily routine.

Try putting some in your hot tea, sautéing veggies in it or baking with it. Not only will your mid-section thank you, but your body will love this new amazing fuel. Check out these 2 recipe that include our new favorite MCT:

Simple Summer Sauté
Serves 2

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
6 to 8 patty pan squash (or 2 to 3 yellow squash)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
Sea salt, to taste

PREPARE: Add coconut oil to a hot sauté pan. Next, add onion and sauté until fragrant. Then add squash, garlic, Italian seasoning, and sea salt. Sauté for about 5 to 8 minutes until soft.

Sweet Potato and 
Cauliflower Mash with Peas
Serves 2

2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped and peeled
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Sea salt, to taste
1 cup peas
3 tablespoons of hemp seeds

STEAM YOUR VEGETABLES: Add the sweet potatoes to a large steam basket with about one inch of water underneath. Cover and allow the sweet potatoes to steam for about 10 to 12 minutes until soft. Remove and steam the cauliflower for about 5 minutes in the same manner. Add the steamed vegetables to a bowl along with coconut oil and sea salt. Mash with a fork until well incorporated. Top with peas and hemp seeds and serve.

I love to hear from you! Whip these up and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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