Coconut oil is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals and of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Promotes heart health
Assists with weight loss
Supports your immune system health
Supports a healthy metabolism
Provides you with an immediate energy source
Helps to keep your skin healthy and youthful looking
Supports the proper functioning of the thyroid gland
Helps protect the body from premature aging and degenerative diseases
Coconut Oil enhances the digestive system so we would suggest you start by taking just a teaspoonful until your digestive system has time to adjust. Putting large amounts of Coconut Oil into your system suddenly may cause diarrhea. Another way of getting Coconut Oil into your system is by rubbing it into your skin, as it is highly absorbed into your bloodstream
The number of overweight people has increased hugely over the past two decades. Many research studies have indicated that replacing LCFAs (long chain fatty acids) found in vegetable oils and margarine, with MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) found in Coconut Oil, and butter, helps to decrease body weight and reduce fat.
What is a “Medium Chain Fatty Acid”?
It may well be a saturated fat, however, a lot of research has been done of late and we are learning that Coconut Oil is a medium chain fatty acid, which means it is not stored in the cells like other saturated fats; it is transported direct to the liver where it is turned into energy . And if you do a lot of cooking and baking, it is the only oil that stays stable when heated to a high temperature.
Uses for Coconut Oil
High heat cooking: Some oils are unsafe to cook with at a high temperatures, which is why using Coconut Oil is a great alternative, as it has a high smoke point.
On toast instead of butter: Simply use Coconut Oil instead of butter on your toast.
Eat it straight off a spoon: Enjoy just taking a spoonful straight from the jar, it’s that delicious.
Smoothies: Try adding a spoonful to your favourite smoothie, not only will it taste divine, with the oils MCFA (medium chain fatty acids) it will increase your energy.
Fried eggs: Lightly coat the bottom of a fry pan with Coconut Oil and cook delicious eggs.
Baking: Replace that vegetable oil: Next time you make your favourite recipe, replace the vegetable oil with Coconut Oil. You will never go back.
Oven baked potato / kumara chips: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. In the oven, melt some Coconut Oil in the bottom of your baking dish for a few seconds, remove when melted. Cut potato/kumera into chunky chip shapes, place in baking dish and coat with Coconut Oil, sprinkle with natural “Real Salt” and cook for approximately 15-20 minutes, turning once. These have to be the best chips ever…
Cooking chicken / fish stir-fry: All these can be cooked in Coconut Oil.
Cheese on Toast: No need to use butter, use Coconut Oil and top with your favourite cheese and tomato, or cheese and Tuna etc.
Popcorn: This is a really healthy snack. To make stove top popcorn, your need a heavy based pot. Add Coconut Oil (just enough to coat the bottom of the pot) and popcorn (just enough to make a single layer over the bottom of the pot). Give a little shake to make sure the popcorn is covered with the Coconut Oil. Place the pot over medium heat with the lid on but slightly open, so the steam can escape. It should take about 5 minutes for the corn to start popping.
Hot chocolate: Add a teaspoon to your hot chocolate to give yourself an energy boost