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.
I've been reading and hearing so many conflicting opinions about coconut oil. Thank you for the information here. It seems to me since there are cultures which have always used coconut oil as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, and without bad effects, that argues for it being a safe and healthy choice...again stressing as part of healthy diet and lifestyle, which are always the basic and necessary components within which we make all our dietary choices.
Great information thanks.
Here are five of my favourites and regularly made recipes that I am happy to share with you.
For breakfast have Oatmeal Cinnamon Porridge & Sultanas with a dash of coconut oil.
I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier. You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge. Since they take longer to cook, I often soak them overnight.
1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats can be used)
1 cup water
2 Tbsp sultanas
Pinch of salt
1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1. Put oatmeal, water and sultanas in a cereal bowl.
2. Let them sit over night.
3. In the morning add a little salt, melted coconut and cinnamon.
4. Enjoy your simple already made breakfast.
1. Put oatmeal, water and sultanas in a saucepan.
2. Let them sit over night; if you can.
3. In the morning add a little salt.
4. Bring to a boil then turn heat down and simmer, stirring frequently till thick, adding more water if necessary.
Done this way, it is as fast as quick cooking oats and the bonus is the sultanas are plump and juicy.
1. Pour into a cereal bowl.
2. On top put coconut oil and honey, then sprinkle cinnamon.
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Your sweet snack can be made with coconut oil. I like anything with ginger but this recipe in particular is a great tasting combination!
- 3 cups of fresh or frozen Cranberries
- 2 cups of raisins
- 1/4 cup grated fresh ginger
- 2 apples, chopped well
- 1 cup water
1. Blend apples in water.
2. In a large saucepan combine all ingredients with the blended apples.
3. Bring to a gentle boil over a medium heat.
4. Stir for about 5 minutes or until the cranberries have popped.
5. Let cool.
Base and Topping:
1/4 cup potato flour
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/2 tsp of salt
2/3 cup coconut oil
2 cups of rolled oats
1 tsp Stevia in 3 Tbsp water
3/4 cup of raw sunflower seeds
1. Mix dry ingredients together
2. Mix oil, rice syrup and stevia well.
3. Add dry ingredients the oil/rice syrup mixture.
4. Mix thoroughly with fingers.
5. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of crumb mixture for topping.
6. Press the remainder into a 9″ by 13″ baking pan.
7. Spread with cranberry mixture on the base
9. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs on top of fruit.
10. Bake for 35 minutes.
For the other 3 recipes: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-tasty-coconut-oil-recipes-their-benefits.html#ixzz2MnqiLB6P
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This post was modified from its original form on 06 Mar, 14:56
Another healthy coconut oil recipe from Diana..
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp almond milk
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar, ground finely*
1/4 tsp liquid stevia
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries, fruit juice sweetened
1 Tbsp coconut + some for sprinkling
1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler or carefully in saucepan.
2. Oil a small pan of approximately 8 square inches.
3. When coconut oil is melted mix in coconut sugar and stevia.
4. Then mix in cocoa.
5. Add 1 tablespoon of almond milk at a time to the mixture while stirring well.
6. Then mix raisins and coconut.
7. Scoop melted chocolate mixture into pan and spread evenly.
8. Sprinkle coconut on top.
9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
10. Once set, cut into squares.
11. Store in covered container. Can also be stored in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.
* You have to grind it yourself as it comes coarsely ground.
Anyone else with a coconut oil recipe to share?
No, I don't have any.
Here in UK we are almost ready to go back to school and I always make a badge of these delicious Protein Bars for my children to have ready to munch before they live in the morning...
Makes approx. 16 bars depend on the size you decide they will have...
2 cups nuts or seeds (almonds, sunflower, pumpkin, or macadamia. Mixing several kinds is fine too. Soak and dry these if at all possible.)
½ cup flax meal (flax seeds ground in a blender or spice grinder) (alternatively, use rice bran or protein powder)
½ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened and organic if possible)
½ cup seed or nut butter (again, made from soaked and dried nuts is preferable)
3/8 teaspoon seasalt ( I use seasalt because of the minerals it has...)
½ cup coconut oil
2 Tbsp liquid honey. or, stevia is a good choice for those on an specific diet.*
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Top with either Chocolate / Carob Chips (1 cup of chips per bar recipe)
1. Place nuts or seeds, flax meal, coconut, seed and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
2. Process until the nuts or seeds are ground into a coarse meal
3. Melt coconut oil over low heat. add the oil to the food processor .
4. Add coconut oil, sweeteners and vanilla to processor bowl and process until well combined to form a thick, yet crunchy paste.
5. Press the mixture into an around 8×8 square pan, can be a bit larger, (a larger pan will produce thin bars, while a smaller pan will yield thicker ones.
6. Place in refrigerator to chill.
7. While bars are chilling, prepare Homemade Chocolate / Carob Bar, but don’t harden it.
8. Top bars with the Homemade Bar. Alternatively, use your own homemade chocolate / Carob Chips before melting, or melt and top with those.
9. Place back in refrigerator to chill... and try to wait as much as you can...
10. Cut into squares and serve. you Store in refrigerator or dry and cold place.
*I also have used xylitol and erythritol. Here’s where to buy xylitol and erythritol.
Variations and Notes:
These are a great nutrient-boosting for everybody!, Hope you like it!l.
Those sound very good May. I will have to try making some.