Fats are Friends
Despite what you may hear in the media, saturated fat has many health benefits. One of the best ways to get healthy saturated fats in your diet is by consuming coconut or organic virgin coconut oil.
Coconut is a healthy saturated fat that is rich in lauric, capric, and caprylic acids, which are loaded with antiviral, and antifungal properties. More than just a sustainable food crop, every part of the coconut tree is useful to mankind, including the roots, trunks, leaves, husks, fiber, fruit, water, sap, milk, and meat, making coconut a very valuable crop and food to eat.
Another unique benefit of coconut oil is that it contains shorter chain fatty acids called Medium-Chain Triglycerides. Because of the shorter chain of fatty acids, MCT’s are metabolized differently. This decreases their chance to store as fat and enhances their ability to be used as energy by being sent to the liver instead. MCT’s are easier to digest and have also been shown to increase the body’s metabolism.
How to Consume Coconut Oil
I recommend using some form of coconut every day. Extra virgin coconut oil is great for cooking and baking due to its high heat point, and you can also spread it on a piece of toast or cracker. My favorite way to eat coconut is by spreading organic virgin coconut oil on top of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel sprouted grain bread.
Coconut water also has some great benefits. First, it is high in potassium and magnesium. Also, coconut water has a refreshing taste and is an excellent way to stay hydrated after a workout. Use shredded coconut and coconut milk on a regular basis, sprinkling shredded coconut on oatmeal or on frozen berries as an evening snack. Many people also like to add the coconut milk on cereal or in a smoothie for breakfast; it makes the smoothie rich and thick.
In the end, I feel that using the organic virgin oil is the best way to get all of the nutrient density that it has to offer. It is convenient and the most versatile.
Below is a list of some of the many benefits of coconut oil along with some hyperlinks to references and studies to learn more.
Benefits of Coconut
- Aids digestion and nutrient absorption
- Promotes brain health
- Reduces risk of Alzheimer’s
- Boosts weight loss
- Promotes beautiful skin
- Improves thyroid function
- Supports heart health
- Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
- High in antioxidants
- Promotes cellular health
Brand – Nutiva
Cost – $13.39 for 14 oz.
Serving Size: 1-2 TBSP. = $0.44-$0.88 per serving