The question in the health world recently has been: Is coconut oil good or bad for your health?
We’re going to cheat and give you the answer: coconut oil is good for you!
It’s All in How You Use It…
Now, as with anything, moderation is the key. Can you consume half of cup of it internally every day? Of course not! You wouldn’t do that with any oil – healthy or not!
- Can you slather it liberally on every inch of your skin – from hair to feet? Yes.
- Can you use 1-2 tablespoons daily without side effects? Yes.
- Can you cook and bake with it for healthier meals? Yes.
Are you going to deep-fry food with it? No, you won’t because using copious amounts of oils – even our “tie” favorite olive oil – to prepare food in such a way is bad for your entire body. Cooking at sustained high temperatures causes all oils to lose their natural good stuff.
The Miracle of Lauric Acid
Food manufacturers are quick to say that coconut oil has the highest saturated fat content of all commonly used oils, including butter. What they don’t tell you is that it is healthy fat and more than half of that fat consists of lauric acid – a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFAs) or medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
All in all, more than 65% of coconut oil consists of MCFAs and that has scientists all over the world finally sitting up and taking notice. Your body loves medium-chain fatty acids! Adores them! They are used far more efficiently…going right to the liver and converted to the fuel your body runs on. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
That’s not all. Though it shares the fuel conversion similarity with carbohydrates, the biggest difference is that it doesn’t cause any sort of insulin spike. All the fuel, none of the side effects of a fantastic fuel source.
Pre-diabetics should especially take note since studies have already shown that adding coconut oil to the diet helps stabilize weight and lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
That unassuming little compound is the key to the health benefits of coconut oil. In fact, you won’t find such a concentration of lauric acid in any other food product on the planet.
Your body takes this fascinating ingredient and converts it to monolaurin – proven to be antibacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, and so safe that it’s used in feeding tubes for patients who are critically ill and in baby formula.
The debate over whether coconut oil is good or bad for you will continue to rage on. The powerful uses of the coconut – from milk to water to coconut sugar – have been sustaining tropical civilizations for thousands of years.
Food and drug manufacturers don’t want us to find alternatives to the over-processed, zero nutritional value, disease-causing foods where they make their profits. Those foods keep us sick and dependent on drugs to fix all the internal stuff that seems to be breaking down a lot faster in our modern world. Don’t believe the negative publicity. Check it all out for yourself.
- Antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and antioxidant effects inside and out!
- Heart healthy by lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and raising “good” cholesterol (HDL)!
- Restore thyroid function, boost metabolism, and regulate blood sugar!
- Improve memory, alertness, and concentration with a teaspoon each morning!
- Best brain food on the planet and shows great promise for Alzheimer’s!
- Fight obesity by giving your liver fuel that doesn’t make it fatty!
- Determined safe for pregnant and nursing mothers (and provides brain food to baby)!
Make sure you look for extra-virgin organic coconut oil. At room temperature, coconut oil is solid but it melts easily so that makes it good to work into baked goods, stir into your beloved pet’s food, and condition you on the outside from top to bottom.