Going coco-loco nuts for coconut oil

Two health nuts drinking coconuts at the beach.

Two health coconuts, wearing coconut oil as sunscreen, drinking coconut water at the beach. And, also, coconut.

Coconut oil is one of those things that has been given a bad rap in these fat-fearing times we live in. I think its reputation has been unnecessarily, and unrightfully, sullied. Coconut oil does so many wonderful things for our body that if it was a god, I would worship it. Or at least gaze at it in wonder and awe.

Here are just some of the amazing things about coconut oil:

  1. It has an SPF rating of between 4 and 6, which makes it a great substitute for chemical-laden sunscreens. It will also make you smell divine and who doesn’t want that!
  2. It has the highest smoke point of any oil, including olive oil, which means it won’t oxidise when heated. This makes it the best oil to cook with.
  3. It will change the way you see chips. Seriously. If you have ever used it to make sweet potato chips, you will know what I’m talking about. So good.
  4. Its ability to help you lose weight is two-fold: when we up our consumption of good fats, like coconut oil, we are more satisfied and less likely to reach for sugary food. From a scientific perspective, coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids. These are easy for our body to process and help to speed up the metabolism.
  5. It is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, and it can help clear up candida overgrowth.
  6. It can help remove toxins from your body, if you use it when oil pulling.
  7. It is great for your skin! There are naturally occurring fats in coconut oil that get deep into your skin, moisturising and creating a protective barrier.
  8. It is even better for your hair! The fatty acids in coconut oil have a small molecular structure, allowing them to pass easily into the hair’s cell membrane to provide deep conditioning.
  9. Did I mention it tastes great?

A final note: you want to get the cold-pressed, organic variety. I like the one that Melrose make.

OK, I lied, this is the real final note: I got my information here.

Laura

 

 

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