Coconut oil

A few trainers suggested that I cook food using coconut oil.  I bought a small jar because I wasn’t sure if i’d like it mainly because of the smell. I used it till I finished the bottle and switched to canola oil because organic coconut oil was expensive and also I thought it would be a good idea to keep switching between Canola oil, coconut oil and Ghee.

Vegetable oils contain Long Chain fatty acids or Trigliccerides which are stored as fat in the body. On the other hand Coconut oil consists of Medium chain fatty acids which are not stored as fat and instead burnt as energy.

Other oils such as Olive oil and avocado oil are very good for us, but they cannot be used for high heat cooking because it oxidizes at high temperatures.

There are several health benefits according to the article below: ( we all know it is good for skin and hair, so i’m not listing that out)

Coconut Oil benefits link

Heart Diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

There are lot of believable stuff in the internet, but I trust this information because in many tropical places they use coconut oil or coconut by products in almost everything and they are usually lean and healthy.

Has anybody benefitted from this wonderful oil? Please share.


1 Comment

  1. christashjian said,

    December 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Hi! I’ve lived in Myanmar and Thailand where we use alot of coconut oil. I really recommend it, and now I work for a company that carries it imported from Africa. Check it out under personal care and know you can also eat it.

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