6 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL!

21 Feb

Coconut OilIf I was stuck on a deserted island for the rest of my life and could choose a couple of items to have with me, food based or not it would most definitely be a coconut!

The versatile coconut has many beautiful health benefits, it is rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and tastes amazing! Coconut oil is of special interest as it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil. The coconut palm is highly valued by Pacific Islanders as both a source of food and medicine so that’s why they call it “The Tree of Life.”

Here are 6 reasons why this superfood should be a staple in every household:

Weight Loss – Although coconut oil is high in saturated fat it differs from other dietary oils due to the fat molecule, or length of the carbon chain, within each fatty acid. Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). MCFAs have been proven to suppress fat deposition and enhance weight loss and fat mass. Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist and author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle” says that  MCFAs are quickly digested, so pancreatic enzymes are not needed. By the time they enter the intestinal tract they are completely broken down into fatty acids. Because of this, they are absorbed immediately into the portal vein, and sent directly to the liver. In the liver they are used as a source of fuel to produce energy. Therefore, they bypass the lipoprotein stage, and they don’t circulate in the bloodstream to the degree that other fats do. Consequently, they do not supply the fat that collects in fat cells or the fat that collects in artery walls. They produce energy not body fat and not arterial plaque.”

Also MCFAs help to preserve insulin sensitivity, which is not only great for those with type 2 diabetes but people wanting to lose weight. Insulin  affects metabolism and  hunger levels  and if your body is sensitive to insulin you are better able to use the food you take in, which helps your energy levels and to lessen cravings for ever-increasing amounts of carbohydrates.  Remember that Insulin is a fat storing hormone, so less of this in your body equals less fat!

Increases Nutrient Absorption – Coconut oil helps increase the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K, some amino acids and beta-carotene as well as  some B group Vitamins.

Improves Digestion- This increase in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, minerals and amino acids is great for the digestive system as it prevents various stomach and digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The MCFAs found in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, that cause indigestion.

Increase in Energy- As the MCFAs are used by the body as energy instead of fat, coconut oil is great for increasing energy levels and is used by some athletes for this reason. So less peptides and more coconut oil in sport and this world would be a happier place!

Makes your skin glow – Supermodel  Miranda Kerr is a huge fan of coconut oil and says it’s something she can’t live without. She adds 4 teaspoons a day of this miracle oil to her salads and in her green tea. She sees the effects by way of shiny hair and breakout-free skin (if it’s good enough for her it’s good enough for us!). I use it as a body moisturiser and have noticed smoother skin since using it. It gets a little greasy when first applied but soon soaks in.

High in Antioxidants/ Antimicrobials-  Coconut oil contains high levels of antioxidants that protect our bodies from free radicals and prevent degenerative diseases, cancer, and premature aging. Sweet! The MCFAs in coconut oil consist of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. These fatty acids are highly powerful antimicrobial agents, effective against a broad range of pathologic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and yeasts.

Which type to buy?- Not all coconut oils were created equal, again organic is best. I use organic extra virgin coconut oil-  Melrose, Loving Earth and Absolute Organic (pictured) are my favourite. You can buy the refined which hasn’t got the coconut flavour and tastes a bit more neutral. Do be careful when buying refined as it can be too processed which may mean that some of the health benefits are lost. Personally I love the coconut taste and imagine myself on a tropical island when i’m having it 🙂 !

 

How to use it?

Unlike other oils, coconut oil can be heated to high temperatures without going rancid or even carcinogenic.  Coconut oil should be a staple in the kitchen and can be used for frying (yes frying) without losing its nutritional value.

Coconut oil can be substituted for any other oil, butter or margarine and used in frying, stir frying, baking, added to smoothies, taken by the spoonful or used in making chocolate. Try a tablespoon of coconut oil for a sugar craving buster!

Coconut cacao heartCoconut Cacao Heart

Coconut oil

Cacao powder

Maca powder

Protein powder (optional)

A splash of boiling water

Mix all ingredients together, mould into hearts or whatever shape you choose then place onto baking paper and set in the freezer for about 15mins easy and sooo tasty!

Coconut banana bread

3/4 cup of coconut oil

3 ripe bananas

1/2 cup of coconut sugarCarlys Coconut Banana Bread

1/2 cup of coconut flour

2 eggs

1/2 -1 cup of coconut flakes

1 tsp of bicarb soda dissolved in warm water

1-2 tbsp of raw honey

Mix all ingredients and bake at 180 degrees until golden brown!

This delicious gluten, dairy and guilt free desert was made for me by my amazing cousin Carly, as I’m always banging on about coconut oil she thought she’d give it a try and now says she’s never making it the old way using butter instead of coconut oil. It’s so damn yum and easily worthy of a happy dance!

For more information check out http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/articles.htm

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3 Responses to “6 HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL!”

  1. Julie-Anne Donnachie February 21, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Honey I loved your post.

    I am attaching some inspirational info from Marc and Angel in case you can use any of it down the track for ‘super you’….

    Love you!! x

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    • kimmcp4 February 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

      Thanks Jules!
      Love the inspirational updates from these guys and you xx

  2. Anna kimber February 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    What a great blog Kim!!! I am going to add some coconut oil to my green tea as we speak!
    Keep the blogs coming!!!

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