How do I use coconut oil? Is coconut oil healthy?
News Flash - Coconut oil IS healthy (Plus 7 innovative ways to use it)
Recently there has been some controversy over the health benefits of coconut oil. It seems to be a cycle where various associations try to tell the public that fat is bad for us, however with the incredible amount of information and science now available to us, we know that that is not the truth.
Research shows that fats in coconut oil are extremely beneficial, as they increase our cellular function, improve our metabolism, boost our mood, balance our hormones and can actually decrease risk factors for both heart attack and stroke!
Coconut oil is abundant in medium chain triglycerides, also called MCTs. MCTs are saturated fats, which have forever been controversial in the nutritional world.
Fats used to be believed to make us gain weight, however this theory lacked the differentiation between the types of fats, as well as the quantity consumed. MCTs in coconut oil are well-known for promoting weight loss by speeding up your metabolism and reducing your appetite.
Another fat myth is that all fats cause heart disease. Research proves that MCT oils can prevent two of the primary risk factors for heart disease, which are obesity and arteriosclerosis.
Studies prove that MCTs such as coconut oil help prevent the hardening of the arteries, as well as the fatty deposits that lead to heart attack and stroke.
Well, what about cholesterol?
Cholesterol IS NOT a bad thing! We need it for many of the functions of our body, not to mention our hormones, and the ability to synthesize Vitamin D! Not even all LDL causes damage (as once presumed), and coconut oil can even help decrease levels of overall cholesterol and triglycerides.
Coconut oil and the brain
As a certified nutritional practitioner and an expert in Happiness, I am obviously an advocate for coconut, as our brain thrives from the fats in which it provides. Lack of proper brain nutrition is a leading cause of depression, mood swings and neurological decline and disease.
Mood, mental clarity and feelings of well-being have both psychological and physiological factors. Basically, a healthy brain is necessary for mental and emotional health.
A study published in the journal of Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine explored the anti-stress and antioxidant effects of virgin coconut oil and have found that consuming coconut oil decreases the body's release of cortisol (the stress hormone) as well as reduces the brain's fight or flight response. This lead the subjects to lowered insulin resistency, lowered blood cholesterol as well as sugar levels.
If you haven't been convinced yet, one additional benefit of Coconut oil is the fact that it is both anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Using coconut oil helps to ward off cold, flu and infection! It is a natural way to boost the immune system and stay healthy.
An overview of the many benefits of Coconut Oil:
Increased testosterone levels in men
Elevated metabolism, with implications for weight loss
Supports cardiovascular health
Kills colon cancer
Improved thyroid function
Kills harmful bacteria and viruses
Supports immune system
Inhibits formation of ulcers
Inhibits loss of bone density from osteoporosis
Inhibits development of prostate cancer
Reverses effects of Parkinson’s disease
Kills yeast overgrowth (e.g., candida albicans)
What is the best kind of coconut oil?
There are two types of coconut oil: refined and unrefined. Although refined coconut oil costs less to purchase, it also lacks what raw, cold-pressed, organic virgin coconut oil has to offer. Fats are healthiest when in their natural form, so that the saturated fats have not been oxidized or transformed into trans fats.
What kind of coconut oil do I buy?
My absolute favorite brand of Coconut oil is made by Silkeny (Eat, Slather, Repeat). When reading their quality manifesto and manufacturing practices, it is obvious why:
“While we understand that there are competitors out there that sell at lower prices, for us it is extremely difficult to match such prices as we don't compromise on quality. However, we are not overly expensive as we have the best advantage of vertical integration.
The purity of source that we speak about and highlight is paramount to Silkeny. Our product comes from one country, one plantation and one factory and therefore remain a brand that is strengthened by its purity of source.
Our production facility is operated under ISO22000 guidelines and under the food manufacturing certifications of GMP, HACCP and, BRC which is one of the most stringent food safety certifications a processing plant can obtain.
In addition the USDA, Canadian, European Union and Japanese Organic certifications helps the end user to be satisfied with the knowledge that our product has obtained the certifications following stringent tests, by these organizations testing for organic and non-gmo status, providing further authenticity to our product.
The additional certifications of both Kosher and Halal adds to the authenticity and increases the potential by making it approved for those with religious convictions. This helps increases the viability of our product not simply for us but to those that buy our product as an ingredient, making their end product acceptable to those who seek Kosher or Halal certifications, provided of course the remaining ingredients also have similar certifications.
When you look at most brands that go out to the commodity market and buy their coconut oil from either different countries or different factories based primarily on price since it is a commodity, we stand out as being extremely authentic and artisan. The strength of Silkeny is "purity of source".”
So now that you know all of the amazing benefits of Coconut oil and reasons to include it in your every day lives, here are 7 innovative ways to use Coconut oil:
If you want a little more Coconut oil love, please watch my short segment on Rogers Daytime Tv - we had a blast chatting about the benefits of coconut oil.
AND if you happen to be in love with my "Coconut Oil Is My Final Answer shirt", you can get yours by visiting the Nutritious Nerd, get it here.
Lots of love,
Lifestyle Alchemist & Certified Nutritional Practitioner