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You make me coco: a series on coconut oil

13 July 2015

I am starting a new series:  You make me coco! So whenever you will see such title, you can be sure to find some suggestions on how you can use coconut oil. From cooking, through natural remedies and cosmetics. Yes, there are dozen of healthy and wonderful ways of using it!

I do admit I am crazy about everything what has coconut in its name and in its taste (if it’s natural ). Not only I am in love with coconut water, and this is something I miss always after travelling to exotic destinations, but also in a dry shredded coconut, home-made coconut milk and natural cosmetics with coconut scent! There is a king among all of it which is a coconut oil.  Why? It serves perfectly as nutritious product, as well as multifunctional cosmetic. How big is my love for this oil? At this moment is a size of  2,5 kg box of pure, virgin coconut bliss. I use it for so many things. At room temperature this oil is creamy and solid, but as soon as in contact with hand or the temperature goes higher, it melts and turn into liquid.

Coconut oil is high in a saturated fat called medium chain triglyceride. Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolised differently, quicker and absorbed easily. For many years the saturated fats were demonized. However, new datas are showing that saturated type of fats present in coconut oil are completely harmless and such approach has been a myth. It is one of those myths like with margarine and butter- the industry made us believe that margarine is better than the butter. Big lie.

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Coconut oil positively influence our health:

  • heart diseases (reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries)
  •  improves our immunology
  • helps in functioning of the thyroid
  • protects our skin, acts perfectly as anti ageing product and moisturizer (hair mask, body oil, make up removal, face moisturizer)
  • protects our tooth (coconut  oil stops tooth decay. Oil pulling is perfect for that)
  • Helps to absorbs certain minerals into our body
  • healing effects (on bruises and infected areas: forms a layer on the skin and protects the skin or body part from external dust, bacteria and viruses)
  • anti-infections: anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral
  • anti stress- it is very soothing oil, used for massage (head, face or body) can bring a calming and stress relief effect
  • can be used to moisturize and protect a delicate baby skin

It is perfect for cooking as it is highly resistant to oxidation at high heats.

I hope that you will consider including coconut oil into your cooking and external use. Nevertheless once you decide to include coconut oil into your diet, it should never replace unsaturated fats (Omega 3, Omega 6) which are very important and which you should use on a daily basis (olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, nuts, etc).  As with everything else, the balance is a key, also in term of eating and using certain products. Going extreme in one direction is never a good option. So make sure you use different type of fat sources to fulfill the needs of your body. And whenever you will see new post titled “You make me coco”- check it out for a new suggestion!

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