Coconut Oil - Your new Best Friend
Almost exactly as it sounds, coconut oil is an edible oily liquid that is extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts. It is notable for being super high in saturated fats, but don’t let that put you off, coconut oil is becoming more and more popular as an alternative to many of the unhealthy fats in our diets. Not only is coconut oil an incredibly versatile ingredient, but it’s ‘good fats’ can have a powerful impact on both physical health and brain health. Here’s just a few reasons why it should be your new ‘go-to’ product:
Support Weight Loss Despite being full of saturated fats, the fats found in coconut oil are the good kind, not the kind that make you put on weight. In fact, the opposite is true. Studies have shown that coconut oil actually helps reduce your appetite, and increase your body’s burning abilities, so including it as part of your balanced diet could actually help you lose weight! The studies found that coconut oil is perhaps most effective at helping the body to burn abdominal ‘belly’ fat, which is actually one of the most dangerous areas we can build up fat.
Defense Against Alzheimer’s Not only is it great for your body, coconut oil is also linked with improving brain health! The fatty acids it contains lead to an increase in ketones in the blood. Ketones are thought to be important to providing energy for the brain, and especially vital for Alzheimer’s patients. This is because the brains of people with Alzheimer’s are unable to use carbs effectively for energy, so ketones act as an ideal alternative source.
Lower Cholesterol The saturated ‘good fats’ found coconut oil also work with the body to fight, and reduce, cholesterol. Not only does coconut oil help your body to convert LDL (the bad cholesterol) into a less harmful form, but it also increases the healthier HDL cholesterol. This means that your risk of heart disease, stroke and other health problems can be significantly reduced, just by adding a simple ingredient into your diet!
Fight infection and Disease Another surprising, but powerful benefit of adding coconut oil to your diet is that it can strengthen your immune system. A substance called Lauric acid makes up about 50% of the fats within the oil, and this incredible acid is responsible for killing harmful bacteria, viruses and other nasty stuff that can build up in your body. This means that, when illness strikes, your body is well prepared to defend itself.
Boost your energy Given all the wonderful health benefits coconut oil provides, it’s no surprise that it is a favorite ingredient of many athletes and body builders. But perhaps most useful for them is the energy-boosting power of the oil. Coconut oil is much more easily converted into energy than other fats and oils and doesn’t cause ‘bad fats’ to build up in belly fat or clogged arteries. How can you use it? If you’re now convinced of the power of coconut oil, but aren’t sure where or how to start including it into your diet, here’s just a few ways you can use this super versatile ingredient: · As a cooking Oil · Spread it on your toast · Use it in Baking · As creamer for your coffee (If you’re feeling adventurous!) · Add to smoothies