Coconut Oil: Should You Buy It?
Written by: Ricky Elmer
Coconut oil has been shunned in the past by the health and wellness community. But, as of late, the coconut oil sales have seen a major increase and have received a large amount of media coverage.
Tropical countries such as Sri Lanka, Philippines, Thailand and India have used coconut oil extensively throughout its history. But in the 1970s, there was a strong propaganda campaign designed to turn people to soy and corn oil within the U.S. and Canada. The campaign claimed that coconut oil was harmful to humans because of its high saturated fat content.
It wasn’t until the the 2000s when the claim of the propaganda was questioned on its authenticity.
Since it successful revolution, coconut oil has become a staple cooking oil for many households and manufacturers are switching to coconut oil for their packaged products in lieu of the other oils.
There are many claims about coconut oil’s benefits; everything from stemming Alzheimer’s disease progression to supporting weight loss. Check out benefits and claims for yourself and see what you think!
Coconut Oil Health Benefits:
1. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil are able to significantly reduce your appetite, which in the end can positively affect your body weight.
2. Studies have shown that coconut oil improves significant risk factors, such as HDL and LDL cholesterol, meaning that they may reduce the risk of heart disease.
3. Is able to help you burn more fat by increasing your energy expenditure. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which increase your 24 hour energy expenditure up to 5%. This can lead to remarkable weight loss in the long term.
4. Coconut oil contains a combination of fatty acids that have powerful medicinal properties. For instance, the medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil may have effective therapeutic effects for multiple brain disorders.
5. Is able to boost brain function in those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. The fatty acids contained in coconut oil have been shown, in studies, to increase blood levels of ketone bodies. This supplies the brain cells with energy in Alzheimer’s patients, which can lead to reduced symptoms.
6. Is able to moisturize skin, function as a sunscreen and protect hair against damage. It can even be used for a sort of mouthwash technique.
7. Due to its fatty acid being turned into ketones, the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil can reduce seizures in epileptic children by increasing the blood concentration of ketone bodies.
Out of most all oils, coconut oil has definitely proven to be the one best suited for baking so far – along with its benefits, its light sweetness and flavor make it a great substitution for shortening and butter in recipes. It can also be used as a plant-based substitute for vegan recipes.
Even so, nothing about it so far has flagged down any reason why you can’t use it outside of the kitchen too!
Just remember that, unlike most oils, the melting point for coconut oil is high, between 76-78 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that coconut oil will stay solid at room temperature, so it’s best not to store it in your refrigerator; store it in a dark, cool place.
If you have never had coconut oil, or if you just don’t like the taste of coconuts, maybe the next time you go grocery shopping, you might take a second look at coconut oil and pick some up – you may be surprised by how significantly it improves your life.
Rick Elmer is a freelance writer from Texas who enjoys learning about health and nutrition while striving to make the world a better place. He is passionate about music, meditation, art, traveling the world and helping those around him.
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