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There is a lot of buzz about coconut oil right now. Long blacklisted as a bad fat, coconut oil is making a comeback as more research confirms its many health benefits. While it is a 92 percent saturated fat, coconut oil is a non-hydrogenated, naturally saturated fat that contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These MCFAs are converted into energy instead of being stored as fat. As a result, MCFAs actually stimulate your metabolism, which increases energy levels and helps with weight loss.
Cooking with coconut oil
Consider these uses for coconut oil:
- Substitute for butter or shortening when baking
- Use when sautéing vegetables, for stir-fries or another dish
- Spread on toast or mix in with rice
- Add to a smoothie for an extra boost of energy in the morning
Additional health benefits
- Abundant in lauric acid, coconut oil’s supply of this immune-boosting nutrient is only second to mother’s breast milk. This disease-fighting fatty acid contains anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial activity.
- Coconut oil has antioxidant properties, which may help protect your body from cell-damaging free radicals. It has been known to reduce the health risks associated with diabetes by improving insulin secretion.
- Coconut oil can also be used as a lotion, helping to soothe and moisturize dry or damaged skin.
Most natural markets carry several brands of organic coconut oils to choose from or you can mail order from Tropical Traditions. If you are interested in reading more about coconut oil, research and its health benefits visit coconutoil.com