Coconut Oil has recently become of one the biggest crazes in the health and fitness industry. Nutrition experts are hailing this superfood as one of the best products on the market to use while cooking, baking, and even as a beauty product.
Though you may have heard of this newest addition to the list of superfoods, are you actually familiar will all of the health benefits and multiple purposes of this ingredient? If not, this post will clue you in on some of that missing information.
Coconut Oil is essentially 100% fat. Don’t panic yet, however, because the structure of the fat found in coconut oil is different from the saturated fat found in animal products. The fat in coconut oil is referred to as medium-chain fatty acids or triglycerides, which are easier for our bodies to burn off. Typically with animal fat, or long-chain fatty acids, our body will convert it into stored fat, making it harder to burn off.
Additionally, almost 50% of the fat found in coconut oil is a type of lauric acid. When consumed your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
Some of the other profound health benefits linked to the consumption of coconut oil are improvements in heart health, thyroid boosting, promoting a lean body and weight loss, an increase in metabolism, and supporting the immune system.
Not only does Coconut oil provide extreme health benefits for your body, it is also one of the best natural nutrients for hair and skin.
Acting as an excellent conditioner coconut oil helps with the re-growth process of damaged hair. Coconut oil can also be used as a massage oil for the skin. It helps to reduce wrinkles, and to prevent dryness and flaking of skin. For more beauty tips and tricks using coconut oil, check out this beauty post.
There are about six different types of coconut oil, all with different functioning purposes. These are pure coconut oil, refined coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, organic coconut oil, organic virgin coconut oil, and extra virgin coconut oil. To learn more about the different types, and which is best suited for you and your needs check out Organic Facts.
Now that you are more familiar with the different health benefits and types of coconut oil, you probably want to start cooking and baking with it!
Typically coconut oil is used as a substitute for butter, or added into the cooking process of vegetables or a protein to give it that extra sweet flavor and added nutrients.
For more information and some great recipes using coconut oil, head over to Whole Foods Market’s website, or simply Google search a few easy recipes to get started!