A mother's milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption due to its ideal nutritional content and immune boosting compounds.
The closest match in nature to mother's milk is found within the coconut...
Coconut oil is so good; I use it in my cooking a lot.
A shame to use it in cooking. as heat destroys a lot of the good nutrients. But in saying that, it is a good one, if you are going to cook food.
Also, most coconut oils are heated somewhat during the processing.
I cream my own fresh coconuts. Wonderful taste, and good for the body.
Some more very interesting information on coconut oil...
I agree Keith that it does detroy nutrients when you cook any food but that said I like to eat some cooked food.
I also, like to use coconut oil the way one would use butter; I put some on my rice cakes and it is very yummy.
I have not used coconut oil in cooking, but
do use it as a lotion for dry skin. I have found it
very effective, especially in the cold, dry air of
good for your mouth. first started using it,after joining care2,for the natural healing group's thread about OIL PULLING. My dentist said that coconut oil was the best for the mouth.
I love the way my baking tastes with coconut oil. I almost never use anything else these days.
"For decades it was considered bad because it is saturated oil which is said to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease. This idea was based on a study done 40 years ago that used hydrogenated coconut oil.
In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats." From my website.
Do you use coconut oil in your kitchen? And how do you use it?
i enjoy the flavor
also makes for a very good skin lotion if applied right after a shower...the skin holds it very well!
Good idea Rana, to put it on right after a shower.
Coconut oil has even been found to help people lose weight.
"The first of the health benefits of coconuts—the one you're going to care about a lot—is weight loss," Mehmet Oz announced on his TV show last year.
By eating more coconut oil, "you might slim your waist in one week," notes health guru Joseph Mercola. (Mercola sells coconut oil for $65 a gallon on his Web site.)
As with any nutrient, moderation is the key word. Anybody who places too much emphasis on the benefits of a single item, is at risk of having the benefits backfire on him/her. Nature was made that way: we need to utilise all of our nutrients in balanced combinations, with much attention to variety.
It is only a healthy, balanced lifestyle, incorporating healthy eating habits, regular moderate exercise and stress-free relationships that will ensure sustainable weight-loss.
Yeah, coconut oil is cool.
Coconut oil is designed to be used at a medium to low heat. It's best eaten raw but is an excellent replacement for soy and other harmful vegetable oils.
Never heard of coconut oil, thank you for introducing this product to me and the kitchen.
Happy that you learned about one of my favorite oil Garnet Jenn.
I use coconut for so many things! Raw desserts, hair care, skin care, etc!
Lauren, tell us how you use it on your hair and skin please.
Coconut oil is often described as the “healthiest oil on earth.”
This wasn’t always so. For years it had a reputation of being unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content.
We now know coconut oil is different from most fats and is actually good for us. We have listed twelve of the most important health benefits of this newly declared PowerFood.
How Did Coconut Oil Get a Bad Reputation?
Coconut oil is saturated oil. Saturated oils were understood to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease.
A specific study conducted 40 years ago seemed to verify this concern. Yes, it did increase heart disease.
But, what no one at the time seemed to take into account was that this study was done on hydrogenated coconut. The problems with hydrogenated oils are well documented by numerous studies. Even the general theory of saturated fats is now suspect. Read more about this here: Is Saturated Fat Bad For You?
Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine.
In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka, and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats.
To quote Dr. Mary Enig: “The research over four decades concerning coconut oil in diet and heart disease is quite clear: coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial.”
12 Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (cold pressed):
1. Thyroid-stimulating: Research shows that coconut oil contains a medium-chain fatty acids accelerate that stimulates metabolism, gives you more energy.
2. Get candida in check: Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.
3. Lowers cholesterol: It is rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.
4. Helps with weight loss: Here is an interesting fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it actually helps with weight loss! Read more: Weight Loss With Coconut Oil. The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.
5. Helps keep diabetes in check: It does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. Instead it helps control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin. Note: This is not a free pass to eat a lot of sugar and other dumb carbs.
6. Reduces heart disease: studies on people in the Pacific Islands found that their total caloric intake included thirty to sixty percent from fully saturated coconut oil. These Pacific Islanders have nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.
7. Gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases: Combining Vitamin E supplements with coconut oil through the skin proved to be a good alternative for those with gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases. Study in Canada 1999 University of Western Ontario
8. Supports the immune system. It is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.
9. Good for the skin: When applied externally it forms a protective antibacterial layer protecting the infected body part. Also, coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by helping to repair damaged tissue. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-2
10. Nourishing for the brain: Studies show that it improves cognitive function, and stalls, or even reverses, neurodegenerative diseases in their early stages.
11. Ancient medicine:
Coconut oil has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for 5,000 years in India.
12. Speeds Recovery:
People in Panama drink a glass of coconut oil to protect themselves from illness as it is also believed to speed recovery from sickness.
Read about the numerous research studies done on coconut oil: Coconut Oil Research
“Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria!” according to research by Dr. Mary Enig.
Next 2 pages: History and fascinating trivia and then recipes
I love coconut oil! I use instead of butter.
I use it every morning. Oil pulling.
Is an amazing healer , especially of your mouth.
Even my dentist recommends it!
this is a really nice article, I didn't know that coconut oil can lose weight!
Coconut oil is really good both for cooking and I even use it in my salads. But the most amazing benefits of using coconut oils is in skin care. It is the best moisturizers like one of those expensive creams which absorb amazingly well onto your skin.
What are the health benefits of coconut oil?
Studies have show that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Even more, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.
Coconut oil can also positively affect our hormones for thyroid and blood-sugar control. People who take coconut oil also tend to have improvements in how they handle blood sugar since coconut can help improve insulin use within the body. Coconut oil can boost thyroid function helping to increase metabolism, energy and endurance. It increases digestion and helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Can coconut oil reduce cholesterol?
Coconut oil has a saturated fat called lauric acid, a type of MCT. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. Coconut oil lowers cholesterol by promoting its conversion to pregnenolone, a molecule that is a precursor to many of the hormones our bodies need. Coconut can help restore normal thyroid function. When the thyroid does not function optimally, it can contribute to higher levels of bad cholesterol.
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I use coconut oil as the base oil for my ketogenic diet that I go on every other month. It is amazing what it has done for my health.
I buy a jar of organic virgin coconut oil - the diet requires me to have about 700 calories worth of oil every day. So I use mostly coconut and add some virgin olive oil for diversity.
I also use the oil out of the same jar for my skin and it is amazing what it does both inside and out. Keep up the good news about this oil - it is not used enough in our daily diets.
I have notes available on the benefits of this oil, along with current research. Will post them as I get them organized.
I just began to use coconut oil in my cooking and really like it a lot..
Thank you for all the good tips.
Kalika, that is really interesting. That is a lot of coconut oil in a day...that is about 6 tablespoons. Coconut oil has about 117-120 calories per tablespoons,
which is about the same as other oils.
Do post some of the info you have.
I've never drunk coconut oil.