Thursday, January 15, 2015

Benefits of Using Coconut Oil

I am by no means a nutritionist at all, but I do try to be educated about some topics.  Of course, if you ever have any questions about whether something is healthy for YOUR particular diet/health, always check with a medical professional.  Here's what I found about cooking with coconut oil.

1) Digestion

Cooking with coconut oil can benefit your digestive system because it contains saturated fats with anti-microbial properties, which help eliminate parasites, bacteria and other causes of indigestion.  What does all that mean?  It means it may help prevent stomach-related problems because it is easy to digest.  Coconut oil is also healthy because it helps your body absorb nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

2) Weight loss

Cooking with coconut oil can be helpful if you are trying to lose weight.  Woot woot!  According to, coconut oil naturally increases your metabolism.  Coconut oil also has short -- and medium -- chain fatty acids, which can help you keep weight off.  Easy to digest, you will also find that coconut oil helps keep your thyroid healthy, too.

3)  Heart Disease  

Cooking with coconut oil is also now considered to be good for your heart. The oil contains 50 percent lauric acid, which is known to help control conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The saturated fat in coconut oil, unlike other vegetable oils, is not harmful and won't increase your LDL levels.

Now these are just a few of the benefits.  I've only used coconut oil so far with baking but will be thinking about using it more often now.

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