Coconut oil: friend or foe?
My husband and I were shopping at our local health food store one day in the coconut oil section. An older couple made their way into the section and were picking up jars of coconut oil and looking at them in amazement. The man flipped the jar over to read the nutritional label and I bet that he thought he was making a smart decision when he said, “I can’t believe this! There is 13 grams of saturated fat in just 1 tablespoon of this stuff! This is going to kill me!”
Of course, my husband overhead this statement and told him that he was incorrect in his thinking. Or maybe her pointed over to me and declared, “Just ask my wife…She’s an expert!” I became mildly embarrassed by his declaration because I know that I am NOT an expert. However, I have conducted my own lengthy research on the benefits of coconut oil and have been cooking with it for about two years now.
- Coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride. That means the molecules are small and get digested easily in your body and converted into energy instead of stored body fat! That is the number 1 reason I eat it daily! And despite what we have been led to believe by the standard American diet guidelines, not all saturated fat is created equal. Man-made oils are the evil ones, nature made are not! In fact, coconut is linked to improvements in cholesterol profiles! My own cholesterol is excellent!
- In diabetes studies, it is suggested that coconut oil may improve insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance over time. It helps regulate blood sugar levels and protect against insulin resistance. It can even help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.
- The saturated fats of coconut oil even contain antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties that help strengthen the immune system. Consuming coconut oil regularly will reduce incidences of sickness!
- When used topically, coconut oil acts as a natural sunscreen, a great hair and skin conditioner, makeup remover, shaving cream, massage oil, acne treatment, soothes burns, kills foot and nail fungus, bug repellant, natural deodorant, and so much more!
I’ve attached an info graphic at the bottom of this blog post that address just a small handful of the health benefits of coconut oil.
When you decide to purchase coconut oil, please buy it organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, and extra-virgin. If that just confused you even more, click on some of the links I have provided in this blog post for an idea of what is optimal. Amazon.com has an amazing assortment to choose from and can often be cheaper than your local health food store (for those of you on a budget).
I hope that this information provides a better understanding of why 13 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon is not going to kill you, but it will make your health more vibrant instead!
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