Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.” Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health.
Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people. However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations. The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific. They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world. These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease. (1)
In additon to eat a spoonful of coconut oil, or melting it and blending it into your smoothie here are some other amazing uses, and facts, about this superfood:
Coconut oil can increase your energy expenditure, helping you burn more fat.
The lauric acid in coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Coconut oil can protect hair against damage, moisturize skin and function as sunscreen (SPF 4).
Coconut oil is a wonderful cooking oil with a high smoke point. Also great for baking or as a dairy free replacement to butter.
Coconut oil can help sooth psoriasis or eczema.
There is some evidence that coconut oil helps digestion and may even kill intestinal parasites.
Coconut oil Is an immediate source of energy when eaten and isn’t stored as fat.
Coconut oil can help improve sleep when taken daily.
When mixed with catnip, rosemary, or mint essential oils it acts as a natural bug repellent.
Regular coconut oil consumption has been shown to support healthy thyroid function.
This is really just the tip of the iceberg. People are using coconut oil for all sorts of things with incredible success.
If you want to enjoy the immense health benefit
s of coconut oil, then make sure to choose organic, virgin coconut oil… NOT the refined stuff.
What are your favorite ways to use coconut oil? (please share in the comments section)