Many people are afraid of using coconut oil (which is a wonderful oil) because it is a saturated fat and because of the myth that using it might lead to heart disease. This is of course based on research which shows that saturated animal fat leads to clogged arteries. Coconut oil is indeed a saturated fat, but the crucial difference is that this is not an animal fat but fat that is derived from a plant!
Research shows that coconut oil has medium chain fatty acids that are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, giving us the sensation we are full much faster, therefore helps us lose weight!
Coconut oil has caprylic and Lauric acid that are abundant in breast milk.
Research also shows that caprylic and Lauric acids have tons of super healthy benefits for us: they are anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial that help boost our immune system!
This is a great oil for kids! Use it for cooking, spreading on bread, for baking and what not!
Coconut oil is the best for use in high heat, as it is very stable in high temperatures and does not go rancid when exposed to heat.
Here are some key points to keep in mind when choosing a coconut oil:
1) Must be cold-pressed
2) Must turn into clear liquid when temperature is 24 Celsius or higher
3) Must have the smell of real coconut – odourless coconut oil is not good!
4) On the label it must say – extra virgin
5) Try to look for Organic when possible
Apart from being good food, coconut oil is great to rub on the skin for extra moisture, on the face and hair. Another great use is in the bedroom, use it as a lubricant, for those of you having trouble producing your own liquid
If you are interested to learn more about the power of coconut oil, I recommend reading the book: “The Coconut Oil Miracle” by Bruce Fife
Recipe for Coconut Toast
This recipe would be a great healthy breakfast for kids, as it provides them with the benefits of the coconut oil, minerals and vitamins from the vegetables and the satiation from the bread. Just perfect!
Multi grain bread (preferably made from sprouted grains)
Sliced veggies of choice (we like to use cucumbers and tomatoes)
Toast your bread, spread coconut oil on it and top with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers.