A healthy diet is well rounded - consisting of leafy vegetables, seasonal fruits, protein, fiber-rich grains and...fat. Yes, fat!
Though we may still reach instinctively for that low fat cottage cheese, we also understand that "good" fats are not only "OK" to eat in moderation, but that we SHOULD eat these fats as a part of our daily balanced diet.
Saturated fat, once deemed a monster by health professionals and fad diet enthusiasts, can actually be good for us.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but also rich in amazing health benefits. It tastes good, is easy to use and a little bit goes a long way.
The benefits of coconut oil include:
Efficient Metabolism - Unlike the saturated fat found in - say - meats, the saturated fat found in coconut oil is made of Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are metabolized quickly, rapidly becoming energy. Most fats we consume are composed of longer chains of fatty acids.
Medicinal Properties - The quick source of energy produced by the Medium Chain Triglycerides can have a beneficial effect on many brain disorders - including Alzheimer's and seizure disorders. Producing ketones through the different type of metabolism, coconut oil is brain food!
Great Skin - Rich in Vitamin E, coconut oil lubricates the skin from within as well as through external application. Coconut oil can be used as a lotion! Some people even use it as a sunscreen or as an ingredient in all-natural, homemade sunscreen.
Burns Calories - Hard to believe, but true...it's a fat that helps burn calories. Those Medium Chain Triglycerides with the efficiently produced energy provide LONG LASTING energy - helping you burn more on less for longer. The amount of energy put out is actually increased by the rapid metabolism.
- Kills Bad Germs - The lauric acid in coconut oil and the monolaurin produced during metabolism are known to destroy harmful germs and bacteria. They are effective against pathogens and fungal infections such as excessive yeast.
And the benefits go on and on. This is a superfood. In fact, in areas where coconuts dominate the diet - such as in the South Pacific - there is very little incident of heart disease.