Let’s Talk Coconut Oil
All the Health Benefits and a whole lot more
Let’s Talk Coconut Oil is part of a succession of articles I’m going to write about on the health benefits of a plant-based diet that will definitely support a happy and healthy lifestyle for you, your spouse, your family and hopefully for your friends too. If you find this article to be helpful, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page and perhaps also share it with anyone you feel would benefit.
If you are tired of the same old cooking and salad oils you’ve been using for decades, there are a number of reasons why you should use coconut oil instead. And while regular edible oils such as corn oil, cottonseed oil, canola oil, palm oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, peanut oil and olive oil are a common sight, there are some reasons for concern. However, coconut oil is not only the best oil money can buy but it can be used in so many ways besides cooking. The best part is that coconut oil will greatly boost your health and well-being.
Coconut oil is packed full of antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Of course, buying the right coconut oil is also important. You may have to pay a little more for organic cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil but the benefits are priceless for your health. At the same time, you’ll get a distinct coconut flavour and aroma as well as a creamy, solid oil that’s highly adaptable with many applications. Also, organic cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil is naturally cholesterol-free. So with this in mind, let’s talk coconut oil and look at some of the best ways you can use this extremely versatile substance.
Coconut and Coconut Milk
Coconut for Cooking
Coconut oil, unlike any other cooking oil, can stand up to an extremely high heat, so much so that the oil won’t oxidise at a temperature lower than 450 degrees Fahrenheit. You wouldn’t even use a fraction of that kind of heat in your cooking. What’s more, coconut oil will keep more of its nutritional value even after cooking. And you can add coconut oil to just about any recipe.
Coconut for your Skin
Not only is coconut oil good for cooking, it’s also good for your skin too. You can use coconut oil as a moisturiser as it will help get rid of any dry and flaky skin. This is because coconut oil helps boost collagen production making it ideal for keeping your face wrinkle-free and so much more radiant.
Coconut for Weight Loss
You may or may not be aware that coconut oil contains no trans fats whatsoever and that’s good news for you should you be watching your weight. On the other hand, coconut oil is an excellent source of a healthy fat called medium chain triglyceride or MCT. What this means is that the MCT particles go straight to your liver immediately after being ingested, thus increasing the energy metabolism in your body.
Coconut Oil as a Cream in your Coffee
You can use coconut oil, coconut cream of coconut milk as a healthy alternative in your morning cuppa. These oils, creams and milk products serve as a much healthier way in which to replace regular cow’s milk, fat-free or otherwise. Of course, it helps to use organic products free of preservatives for best results as the vitamins and nutrients will greatly increase your metabolism into energy your body needs to function at its optimum.
Coconut Oil as a Hair Conditioner
Did you know that coconut oil is extremely beneficial for the health of your hair? Oh! yes, it is and it’s easy to apply. All you need to do is rub a small amount of extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil into your scalp, wait fifteen minutes or so, then wash your hair with a good quality shampoo and rinse. If you do this on a regular basis, you’ll notice a remarkable difference to your hair. It will be a lot shinier and healthier too.
Coconut Oil as a Body Scrub
Mix equal amounts of coconut oil and raw sugar and use the mixture to scrub your body before climbing into the bath or shower. By doing this, you will help exfoliate and moisturise your skin making it beautifully soft and healthy.
Coconut Oil as a Deodorant
You can apply coconut oil to certain parts of your body such as the chest area, neck and armpits to eliminate unwanted odours. It’s especially effective when used under the armpits. If you are tired of using deodorants containing alcohol that cause itchiness then coconut oil is the way to go. Also, coconut oil will kill off any of the bad bacteria in this area.
Coconut Oil as a Toothpaste
If you mix coconut oil with baking soda, you’ll be able to create your own special toothpaste. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties within coconut oil are a great way to keep your mouth and teeth in a healthy condition. Once you have mixed the two ingredients, store the paste in a cool place. You will want to keep the mixture in a paste form as coconut oil will turn into a liquid at around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Coconut for Cuts and Sunburn
Because coconut oil is a natural moisturiser as well as a collagen production aid, it is absolutely amazing what it can do for repairing damaged skin. You can also prevent sunburnt skin from peeling simply by adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to the coconut oil. Wish I knew about this when I was a kid? My skin type is extremely sensitive to the sun and I was constantly plagued with terrible sunburnt skin.
Coconut Oil as an Aid for Breastfeeding Mothers
Because breast milk is absolutely crucial for the development of newborn babies, mothers who consume extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil will be amazed how this will help increase breast milk production. This is because the healthy fats in coconut oil are a key component of hormone production. And always remember that there are only good fats and no trans fats in coconut oil. So go crazy and use as much coconut oils as you like.
Raw Coconut and Coconut Oil
Here are some other great Health Benefiting Oils you can try
Almond Oil is not only rich in monounsaturated fatty acid, it’s good for your heart. Almond oil is also known to help reduce blood pressure and increase the HDL cholesterol because it contains a high amount of the omega-9 fatty acid. Just sprinkle a little almond oil over a salad to reap its heart health benefits.
Cashew Nut Oil is also rich in monounsaturated fatty acid in the form of oleic acid which is essential for promoting cardiovascular health. What cashew nut oil does, is help reduce the amount of triglyceride within your body and therefore it’s extremely beneficial for maintaining a healthy heart. Cashew nut oil is also rich in magnesium and calcium which is good for maintaining strong bones and teeth. Also, present in cashew nuts is a pigment, known as melanin which helps provide essential nutrients for preventing premature greying of hair. There are so many health benefits that nuts provide.
Hazelnut Oil is another oil rich in monounsaturated oleic acid which can help lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. And hazelnuts, in particular, are also a good source of protein as well as containing vitamin E and B.
Macadamia Nut Oil contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that are essential for a healthy body and the nuts, in particular, are a good source of not only protein but also vitamin A, Iron, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Niacin. These nuts also contain small amounts of Selenium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Magnesium. I often purchase German rye bread from my local bakery that is baked with macadamia nuts and cranberries. Delicious and healthy.
Walnut Oil will greatly benefit your heart and the reason for this is because of the oil, as well as the nuts are a rich source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an Omega-3 fatty acid which in turn is converted to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). But don’t worry yourself with all this terminology, just enjoy. Walnuts are some of the best nuts you can eat. They are right up there with raw almond nuts.
Pecan Oil has important health benefits. For starters, pure virgin pecan oil is rich in monounsaturated fats while it’s low in saturated fats. And pecans contain a heck of a lot of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, several B vitamins as well as Folic Acid, Zinc, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. Pecans also contain fibre.
Pistachio Oil has a whole host of health benefits which is great for keeping your heart healthy as well as it helps protect you against diabetes, hypertension, weight management and will aid in improved digestion. Pistachio oil contains high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and low levels of saturated fatty acids. It also contains a fair amount of polyunsaturated Omega-6 fatty acid. Pistachio nuts and oil also contain protein, vitamins and minerals, All the good stuff your body needs to stay healthy. You simply cannot go wrong with eating a variety of nuts.
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