Monday, June 6, 2011
everyone is going crazy over coconut oil!
For a while lots of people avoided tropical fat because of their high saturated fat content. We thought all the saturated fats are BAD for us. However it seems the saturated fat that coconut oil contains is quite different from saturated fats from animal foods (such as meat, dairy )
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, which are easily digested and converted into energy.
Coconut oil has about 50 percent lauric acid
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. The Coconut Research Center has compiled various references on scientific research done on coconut oil.
it is great for cooking as it can take a quite high temperature due to its saturated fat
tastes and smells beeeeutiful!
there are several coconut oil on the market.
My favourite is loving earth
choose extra virgin cold pressed oil and they are fair traded by a good ethical company