Coconut Oil is….yes I hate to admit it…one of the healthiest oils on the planet. We love our extra virgin olive oil but we’ve got to give some props to the coconut!
According to Dr. Axe, Coconut oil is packed with healthy saturated fat (91%) as well as medium chain fatty acids (62%). Dr. Axe goes on to explain that these MCFAs are easier to digest, not readily stored as fat, are anti-microbial and anti-fungal, smaller in size, allowing easier cell permeability for immediate energy and processed by the liver..meaning immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat. Wow!
Although Coconut Oil has been in our life for years, it became forefront after my TBI. I wanted to have the most high powered anti inflammatory diet possible for obvious reasons. Coconut Oil is not only known to be loaded with antioxidants but also is a more efficient energy for the brain due to the MCFAs. The list of healing properties goes on and on…so why not give it a shot?
When shopping for a Coconut Oil there are only a few things you need to know…
- Technically there is no such thing as Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – it’s the same as Virgin Coconut Oil.
- Virgin Coconut Oil is the tops…it is made from the meat of mature coconuts. No chemicals used in processing. It does have the flavor of coconuts…but hello…it is from a coconut!
- Refined Coconut Oil has been bleached, and deodorized. Traditional Tropics notes that oil obtained from copra has to be purified with bleaching clays because contaminants arise during the drying process. High heat is then used to deodorize the coconut oil to remove its distinctive odor and flavor. Sodium hydroxide is often added to prolong its shelf life. To obtain the most oil, some brands use chemical solvents to extract as much oil as possible from the meat. They may partially hydrogenate the oil, too, which means it will contain trans-fats. This is the go to if you don’t want the coconut aroma and taste…and if you want a higher burn point.
I think you know my choice…ONLY EXTRA VIRGIN….which in this case means VIRGIN! If you must used refined, look for producers you trust who are using the least chemicals possible in the “refinement” and varieties that are not partially hydrogenated.
Now that you have your Coconut Oil…what to do?
All oils pack their biggest nutritional punch before they are heated. I use Coconut Oil on my toast and add a tablespoon to my smoothie. Studies have shown that mixing the oil with anti-oxidant berries can slow aging…sign me up! It’s also helpful with hormonal balance due to its high amount of saturated fats..looking good for menopause ladies…bring it on….the Coconut Oil that is!
You can still get a lot of nutrients when you cook with Coconut Oil as well…VIRGIN has a burn point of 350 degrees and is used in our first two recipes. You just need to factor in the taste and scent factor.
We use Coconut Oil in our body products with Napa Valley Bath Co. The fatty acids reduce inflammation inside and out…antioxidants are healing to skin..and the antimicrobial properties balance out the sources that cause a lot of skin conditions.
So wow…Coconut Oil…standing ovation! I knew you were good but until I did the research for this post I had no idea of just how good! Lets give it up for Mother Nature…and all She does provide…if only we just believe!