I had a question recently about coconut oil and what the benefits really are. I am not a doctor and for a serious condition I would talk to one before making any changes in medications, however, if your doctor isn’t open to natural supplements, then perhaps it is time to find a new doctor. I am not claiming coconut oil will cure anything but it is possible to help ailments.
Coconut oil is edible oil, extracted from the meat of a coconut, which has been consumed in tropical places for thousands of years. According to coconutoil.com, studies done on diets high in coconut oil consumption show that these populations are generally in good health and don’t suffer as much from many of the modern diseases of western nations where coconut oil is seldom consumed.
Many opposed to Coconut oil argue that the health benefits are nil as the oil is over 90% saturated fat, however, when used in the place of vegetable oil, olive oil, butter and lard this oil shows many benefits, though I love butter too! People also take coconut oil supplements for health issues and many people use it as lotion, hair treatments and deodorant.
Some of the most recent research has come from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with reports of people improving or even reversing the effects of the disease by using coconut oil. For more information on this click here.
For years people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes using coconut oil have seen positive results. The oil also helps boost metabolism and increasing it in the diet has led to reports of individuals loosing weight.
Those suffering from various skin diseases are also seeing benefits by applying the oil directly on the skin, not to mention that it leaves the skin very soft and helps reduce cellulite. I personally apply it in the evening before bed. It can feel a little oily, but your skin soaks that in within minutes and you are left feeling soft and subtle.
The benefits of coconut for healthy hair are also well known and many grandmothers in Thailand still use this, along with coconut milk, for shampoos and conditioners. Coconut oil is a wonderful antibacterial, can run off bacterial infections and viruses and can be used as a face wash.
I use coconut oil in place of butter usually, though there is nothing wrong with butter, don’t let the food pyramid, or whatever the FDA has come out with lately, fool you. Organic butter has its place but ounce for ounce coconut oil has so many health benefits, it is hard not to use it. I fry with it, sauté with it, bake with it, replace lard with it, melt it and put it on popcorn and while I would rather just cook with it, many people eat a couple of teaspoons of the oil once or twice a day. So, if you haven’t tried it before you are probably wondering, “does it make everything taste like coconut?”, and the answer is no. Some coconut oils will be more full flavored then others but I have yet had the oil compromise anything I have used it in.
My family is not dairy free, so we don’t drink mass amounts of coconut milk or water, but when working out, coconut water is very good for you and has the potassium of a banana, if not more. We use coconut milk in cooking and have made whipped cream with it before. We don’t use white or wheat flours, we often use coconut flour, which is dense and leaves you feeling very full. Most stores have coconut oil, milk (buy organic it won’t have fillers) and water, though the flour can be hard to find, I buy mine through Amazon, click here, and as I use only about a 1/4 cup for recipes that call for a cup of regular flour, the price doesn’t end up breaking the bank. When buying coconut oil, note that expeller pressed is basically machine pressed, but is just as useful. I personally buy coconut oil in bulk here, it comes out to be much less expensive (at least 50% less) when purchased by the gallon.
I hope that this is useful to you and sparks some interest in coconut oil and other products. I will be posting some further information about coconut oil in the future as well as recipes that use it as a substitute. 🙂