- Edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts
- Type of fat called a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA).
- MCFA are easy for our body’s to digest. They are anti-microbial and anti-fungal, are processed by the liver which means they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat.
- Good form of saturated fat. Fat is required in our diets because it is used to create cells, hormones and is essential for absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. While a large percentage of coconut oil is saturated fat, it is in the form of lauric acid. Lauric acid has a different composition than animal sources of fat and this type has shown to have many benefits.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
1. Energy & endurance boost:
MCFA’s are smaller in size so they can permeate our cell membranes easier. They are processed by the liver, which means they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat.
2. Digestive Health:
Coconut oil contains compounds that are crucial for balancing bacteria in the digestive tract, which in turn has a positive impact on any digestive symptoms, energy expenditure, and the ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat.
3. Fight inflammation:
The antioxidant properties in coconut oil help fight inflammation. Signs of inflammation include aches and pain, fatigue, weight gain, allergies, infections and digestive issues.
4. Boost immunity:
The lauric acid in coconut oil is known to have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties to help fight infections.
5. Brain health:
The brain is largely made up of fatty acids. A steady supply is needed from our diet for mental clarify, focus, and memory. MCFA's are one of the most easily digested and utilized fatty acids that exists.
High levels of antioxidants in coconut oil help fight free radicals and oxidative stress. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells or create abnormal ones. Our bodies need antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals.
7. Skin Protection:
Can be used as a skin cleanser, moisturizer, and sun screen.
HOW TO INCORPORATE COCONUT OIL TO YOUR DIET
- As a replacement of olive or other cooking oils: Most oils aren't suitable for cooking because they have a low smoke point. The low smoke point means they will start to burn and become rancid at low levels of heat and these rancid oils are toxic for the body. Coconut oil can be cooked at a high heat because of it's high smoke point. Try steaming vegetables and cooking eggs with coconut oil.
- Add 1 tablespoon to your morning smoothie or oatmeal
A QUICK RECIPE: CILANTRO-COCONUT DRESSING
- 1/2 C fresh cilantro leaves
- 1 tsp finely grated lime zest
- 1/4 C lime juice
- 1/4 C well-stirred coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1/4 C coconut oil, melted
Combine all ingredients in a blender, except for coconut oil, and puree until smooth. With the motor running slowly drizzle in coconut oil until an emulsion forms. Use the dressing immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Purchasing tip: buy organic EXTRA VIRGIN unrefined coconut oil