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12 Coconut Oil Health Benefits

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:58+00:00 February 18th, 2013|Nutrition, PowerFoods|

Coconut oil once thought as a heart disease causing saturated fat is now been proclaimed  ‘the healthiest oil on earth.’

Discover how this transformation came about and the top 12 benefits of this newly declared PowerFood.

How Did Coconut Oil Get a Bad Reputation?

  • It started because coconut oil is saturated oil.  Saturated oils were understood  to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease.
  • A specific study 40 years ago then seemed to verify this concern.  Yes, it did increase heart disease.

But what no one at the time seemed to take into account was that this study was done on hydrogenated coconut. Now the problems with hydrogenated oils are well documented by numerous studies.  Even the general unhealthy theory of saturated fats is now suspect.

Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine.

In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats.

To quote Dr. Mary Enig: “The research over four decades concerning coconut oil in the diet and heart disease is quite clear: coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial.”

coconut oil health benefits

Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (cold pressed):

1. Thyroid-stimulating:
Research shows that coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids accelerate that stimulates metabolism, gives you more energy.

2. Get candida in check:
Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.

3. Lowers cholesterol:
It is rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.

4. Helps with weight loss:
Here is an interesting fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it actually helps weight loss! Read more here: Weight Loss With Coconut Oil.

The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy.  Thus, the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.

5. Helps keep diabetes in check:
Coconut oil  does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream.  Instead, it helps in controlling blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin.  Note: This is not a free pass to eat a lot of sugar and other dumb carbs.

6. Reduces heart disease: studies on people in the Pacific Islands found that their total caloric was 30 – 60% from fully saturated coconut oil and have nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.

7. Helps absorption:
Combining Vitamin E supplements with coconut oil through the skin was a good alternative for those with gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases.  Study in Canada 1999 University of Western […]

The Truth about Fats and Oils

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:20+00:00 February 17th, 2010|Health Tips, PowerFoods|

 There is much confusion about fats and oils in our diet.

I work at staying on top of the information, but even I have had to rethink a few points recently.

olive oil The Saturated Myth 

Saturated fats have a bad public image.  But this is because of excessive consumption. Remember when they told us to eat margarine instead of butter?  It turns out butter is fine when used in moderation.

DO YOU KNOW …The difference between margarine and butter? 

 All margarine is made from assorted vegetable oils that have been heated to extremely high temperatures making the oils rancid.

Facts about Margarine:

1.  Margarine is extracted from used plant oils with chemical solvents. This leaves residues and strips away nutrients.
2.  It may say that there are zero grams of trans fats, but it still contains small amounts of this bad fat. (Trans fats are carcinogenic, triple risk of coronary heart disease and increases bad cholesterol and lowers the good cholesterol)
3.  Deodorants are added to cover the unpleasant smell of rancid vegetable oils.
4.  Artificial coloring to cover up the grey color.

And I still see these big tubs of this stuff in people’s homes .
Butter has been used for thousands of years. It is a real food. The trouble is that it tastes sooo good we overeat it!
Benefits of Butter:
1.  Rich in Vitamin A, has Vitamins E, K, D and Calcium.
2.  Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
3.  Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
4.  Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
Another form of butter is Clarified butter or ghee. It is butter oil, without the lactose and milk solids. It is made by gently heating butter until it becomes a clear golden liquid.  Ghee has been used as the ultimate healthy cooking oil in India for thousands of years.
 Benefits of Clarified Butter or Ghee:
1.  It increases the potency of certain herbs.
2.  Has Vitamin A E, K and D.
3.  Has a high ‘smoke point’ so it is a good oil to cook with.
4.  Ghee does not spoil easily; does not need refrigeration.
Then there is the wonderful Olive oil that many of us know and love in our salad dressings. It is made from crushing and […]