If you're not cooking in coconut oil yet what is keeping you? Coconut oil is an easy way to increase the amount of healthy fats you consume and has a plethora of health benefits.
But isn't saturated fat bad?
It's now officially time that you bring your food knowledge up to date. Those old myths which we've been raised and sold on most of our lives have been busted. Fat doesn't make you fat and saturated fat isn't going to give you heart disease! It is far more likely that sugar and processed foods are to blame for the majority of 'western diets' health issues. Just dont expect the Food Industry (including bodies like the NZ Heart Foundation) to cop to this, as it would mean admitting to putting us wrong for so many decades.
Check out coconutoil.com for plenty more info on all things coconut oil. The site has been operating since 2000, although coconut oils popularity has really only come into the mainstream in NZ over the last five or so years. There is still a large knowledge gap between what we're told is healthy to eat, and what is actually good for us.
The many reasons we should eat coconut oil:
- Coconut oil is a rich source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). Most of the fats we eat are long chain fatty acids, which means they must be broken down before they can be absorbed. The MCFA's in this oil are easily digested and sent right to the liver for energy production resulting in an instant source of usable energy. Most of the MCFA's in coconut oil are the very beneficial lauric acid.
- Lauric acid is found in human breastmilk and has been shown to be useful in fighting viruses and disease, and increasing immunity. Coconut oil is over 40% lauric acid - the richest source available (besides breastmilk).
- Because MCFA's are sent straight to the liver, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion making it a safe choice for diabetics or those suffering gall bladder issues. Studies have also shown it may help increase thyroid health because of this direct route.
- Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn't break down during cooking at high temperatures like other oils can do.
- It's great for hair and skin, can be applied directly and used in place of skin moisturser and hair conditioner. This is common practice in less westernised countries.
To get more coconut oil into your diet use it to cook in (it is ideal for cooking at high temperatures), put a teaspoon full in your morning coffee, and add it into your home baking.