You have probably realised by now that we use coconut oil in many of our recipes, so we thought we’ write an article to share the amazing benefits with those of you who may be unfamiliar with the idea of using this oil in cooking.
The Incredible Benefits of Coconut Oil
First of all we must share with you some information that will dispel a myth that scientists are now realising may have caused many health problems for far too many people. For many years now we have been warned to keep ourselves on a virtual fat free diet, right? We’ve been told that fat is the number one culprit in heart disease and obesity.
However, many recent studies are now proving that in fact, the real culprit is sugar and that opting for a ‘fat free’ diet is actually all too often causing people to pile on the calories rather than keep them away. This is due to the fact that manufacturers need to replace the fat in order to make their product more palatable so they throw in extra sugar or carbohydrates, which pile on more calories than the fat would have done, and cause a whole host of other health issues.
Recent studies are also linking a ‘low fat’ diet to other life threatening diseases, most notably Alzheimer’s. These studies are proving what many doctors and nutritionists have suspected for a long time, that since the 1950’s, when the low fat fad suddenly started, we have seen an increase in obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s rather than the hoped for decrease.... and this is where coconut oil comes in...
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, which is what our brains are mostly made up of, and what we need to consume in order to give the brain the fuel it needs for neuron communication. However, it is also a truly unique fat, in that it has so many health giving properties. Modern Medical Science is now confirming this and it is gaining recognition as an extremely nutritious health food and has been described as ‘the healthiest oil on earth’ and‘miracle oil’. This is due to the size of molecules this oil is made up of and which are called fatty acids. They are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium chain triglycerides (MCT); these make it easier for our bodies to metabolise, thus in turn becoming highly digestible and very easy for us to burn off.
The fat goes straight to the liver where it is turned directly into energy, meaning it is not stored as fat in the body. This makes it highly beneficial when trying to control our weight. Because coconut oil doesn’t require insulin to be converted to energy, the pancreas can rest, helping to prevent and control diabetes.
Thanks to the three fatty acids that make up coconut oil, namely Caprylic Acid, Lauric Acid and Capric Acid, it is also an antifungal and anti-microbial. This is why many people are using it to help remedy many ailments including candida and different fungi, bacteria and parasites (yes way too many of us have all of these residing in our gut!)
The Polyphenols (plant based molecules with antioxidant properties) in coconut oil also make it a powerful antioxidant, which means that it helps get rid of all those nasty free radicals which go around our bodies wreaking havoc and destroying all the healthy cells, causing ageing and illness.
Coconut oil also acts as an antibacterial layer when applied topically to skin and is of course an incredible moisturiser, being used by many as a treatment for hair and all parts of the body, including the lips. After all, the skin is our body’s largest organ and it is highly absorbent of whatever we apply to it, so as they say, if it isn’t healthy to eat, don’t put it on your skin.
The list of benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil goes on and on and I would need many more pages to go through them all. It’s no wonder the coconut palm has been known for hundreds of years by Pacific islanders as ‘the Tree of Life’ and is fast becoming a staple food in many people’s diets.