By now, you may have heard of an ingredient that is crossing almost all the ‘too- good-to-be-true’ lines, as well as raising the standard for all other quick-fix ingredients. While coconut oil is not a quick-fix solution, it has jumpstarted a revolution that people are going crazy over. Why, you may ask? We’re going to tell you.
Once upon a time, coconut oil was frowned upon for its high saturated fat content, and led people to believe it was harmful to the human body, especially the heart. Thankfully, after a series of doctors, scientists, and researchers took a step back, they came to the conclusion that not all saturated fats are the same. According to the Huffington Post, some fat is actually good for you. Not the artificial, inseminated fats, but the natural ones - like the ones found in coconut oil. There were multiple studies done on Pacific Islands that found that the people there, who consumed 30-60 percent of saturated fats from coconut oil, showed nearly nonexistent rates of cardiovascular diseases.
What’s really cool is that these types of fats are the fats your body burns off for energy instead of storing away in your thighs.
However, it is important to note that nothing in this world is perfect, including coconut oil. Sadly, there are variations such as “refined, bleached, deodorized” or “RBD” coconut oils. This means they have been stripped down of their original goodness to get rid of any impurities. RBD coconut oils are not “unhealthy,” they just aren’t as great in our opinion.
There are many different opinions on the subject, but our advice to you is to strictly use virgin coconut oils. Not only are most of them organic - which is the absolute best kind - they still contain all of their natural benefits and are the most trusted of the coconut oils.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, and their respective properties that contribute to a number of different benefits for the body. These benefits include hair care, skin care, reduces risk of heart disease, weight loss, etc.
By massaging your scalp with coconut oil, you can easily get rid of dandruff, give it a shine, and it also aids in healthy growth.
Used topically, coconut oil can serve as a lotion for your skin, making it smooth and healthy looking. (Well, not just looking - it WILL be healthy.) It can also help with eczema and other skin infections.
As previously stated, it’s been a misconception for decades that the fats in coconut oil are bad for the heart. FALSE. The lauric acid (which makes up 50% of the coconut oil) helps actively prevent various heart problems like high blood pressure, and reduces damage to arteries.
Coconut oil is easy to digest, and as we mentioned before, burns off the saturated fats for energy. It also increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, giving the body the ability to lose the weight.
There are many more benefits to coconut oil, but the bottom line is that it’s awesome. It’s important to remember that the purest and most natural things on earth are usually the best, especially when it comes to food. Even though all coconut oil is technically good for you, don’t you want to give your body the best? Organic virgin coconut oil is the way to go if you’re looking for the purest of the pure. Just sayin’.
Here are some great recipes for food and drinks with coconut oil:
Fruity Tropical Smoothie - "This makes a nice afternoon snack on a hot day, or a good morning drink at breakfast time."
Chocolate Coconut Muffins - A divine new way to enjoy muffins.
Chicken Nuggets Fried in Coconut Oil - When the freied food cravings begin, you no longer have to feel guilty.