Is Coconut Oil Your New Best Friend?
When I was encouraged to eat, yes EAT spoonfuls of raw organic coconut oil for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and weight loss properties, I was determined to try it and find out what the hype was all about. It also got me curious to learn more about coconut oil. My friend recommended I start with reading The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife.
“I found benefit, after benefit, after benefit.” –Bruce Fife.
He found that one third of the world’s population depended on coconuts to some degree for their food. It is a staple in the diets of Asian and Pacific populations and is classified as a ‘functional food’ because of the many health benefits and use in traditional medicine.
Even though coconut oil has been quite popular around the world, its consumption among western countries is controversial.
Why the Coconut Oil Controversy?
The fat found in coconut oil is a saturated fat. Even though we have been told to stay away from saturated fats, being told that they are bad for us and have negative consequences, we will question this. There are different types of saturated fat and guess what? Not all saturated fats were created equal.
All the fats and oils in our diets are composed of fat molecules known as fatty acids. Fatty acids can be divided into three basic categories depending on their size and the length of their carbon chain. There are long-chain fatty acids (LCFA’s) such as the ones found in meat and vegetables that make up 98% of our diets; medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) found in dairy, and short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) like the ones in wheat and soybeans.
What makes coconut oil unique is that it is predominantly composed of naturally occurring medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), which our bodies process and respond to positively. Unlike artificial saturated fats or hydrogenated fats that clog arteries, cause heart disease and are linked to obesity, the MCFA’s in coconut oil go straight to the liver to be metabolized and are used as a form of energy.
Almost 50% of the fat in coconut oil is made of lauric acid. Lauric acid is found in mother’s milk and is considered a miracle ingredient. The body converts lauric acid to monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties to name a few.
How To Use Coconut Oil:
To ensure that you get all the health coconut oil is capable of providing aim for an organic, unrefined, coconut oil that is stored in a container that is not transparent to guarantee freshness. A personal favorite of mine is Divine Coconut.
DOSAGE: To get the health benefits of coconut oil, you need to take between 1-3 tablespoons a day. Start with ½ a teaspoon to see how you tolerate it and work up the dosage. You may experience an initial ‘die-off’ effect in the form of flu-like symptoms or nausea when your body starts releasing toxins to the blood stream. The symptoms disappear in a matter of days.
OIL PULLING: is an ancient method of cleaning your mouth from bacteria by swishing around a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for twenty minutes daily in the morning and at night. Oil pulling helps detox your system and mineralize your teeth. Note: once you are done, make sure to spit the residue in the trash to prevent clogging your sink or toilet.
COOKING: Coconut oil maintains its chemical structure when heated, making it the ideal choice for cooking and baking. I recommend you try this mouth watering chocolate vegan dessert Raw-Chocolate-Energy-Balls.
SMOOTHIE: For added nutrients, richness and texture, add coconut oil to your favorite smoothie. I’ve prepared my favorite energy boosting smoothie recipe for you to download here Morning-Energy-Blast-Smoothie-with-Coconut-Oil.
Coconut oil has become a staple in our household. Everyone loves it, young and old. We use it for pretty much everything. I recommend that whenever you want to oil up to do it with coconut oil.
Read also: 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Yasmine is a Nutrition and Health Coach whose rich professional expertise is complemented by a caring, fun and integrative approach to nutrition and wellbeing. Through Healthytude, her nutrition and health coaching business, Yasmine offers a unique transformative experience. Her talent is making her clients’ nutrition needs reachable while helping them identify the life areas they need the most support with– physical, mental and emotional. As a result, her clients reach the healthiest, happiest, and most productive version of themselves. Follow Yasmine’s journey on Instagram and Facebook.