If you do any sort of reading into health and fitness topics, this is not the first time you have heard how big coconut oil is becoming in North America, especially among the “health nuts”. The pros outweigh the cons of the product (such as the taste of coconuts if you aren’t partial to them) and its long-term benefits are what you should seek out of it rather than simply taking it for the claim that it “helps you lose weight”.
If you currently cook with vegetable oil, canola oil, margarine…etc, you are ingesting processed, unnatural fats that contain little to no nutrients. Want to read more on the truth about vegetable oils? Read here.
Consider the current reality of North America. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse , 63 million people since 2000 suffer from chronic constipation, 135 million people since 1998 suffered from nonfoodborne gastroenteritis (infection and inflammation of your gut), and 15.3 million people since 1998 suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This is are a couple of statistics, and not all up to date. I did not mention the statistics on hemorrhoids, Crohn’s Disease, or celiac’s disease. But most of us probably know one or two celiac or gluten-intolerant people in our circles.
Now there are MANY factors about why our population suffers much more than other countries or cultures with digestive disorders. Lack of exercise, sedentary workplace, the over-abundance of processed foods, GMO foods, fast food, stress, overall lack of diet, lack of fibre…the list goes on. I’m not here to discuss all of those in a single article, but to promote a cooking agent that can help prevent digestive disease and improve bowel and gut health.
Tropical countries such as the Philippines and Costa Rica do not use hydrogenated and corn oils because they live in the land of coconuts. Coconut oil is their main cooking oil. Countries such as these have a significantly decreased precedence of heart disease and digestive disorders such as Crohn’s, IBS, ulcerative colitis, Celiac’s disease, and candidiasis.
Coconut oil is anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. It is a medium-chain fatty acid, digested by the liver directly after the intestinal tract and used immediately for energy instead of being stored as fat. It has three important types of acids: lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. For more on the chemical breakdown and specific scientific terms of coconut oil, please visit here.
Adding as little as two tablespoons a day of coconut oil can benefit your health according to Authority Nutrition. Improve your digestion, aid weight loss, balance out your gut flora, stave off infections…etc. Google coconut oil, and all the research is listed on credible websites.
Most people take the two tablespoons of coconut oil mixed in with yogurt or smoothies, some put it in their coffee, and if you’re brave enough, you can swallow it by the spoonful straight up. I don’t recommend it if you have a strong gag reflex swallowing something of similar consistency, say, butter, or lard. I can barely handle it sometimes, but I know it’s good for me since it brought me out of my candida infection and back to normal health.
This one-of-a-kind oil happens to retain it’s health benefits even when heated! Now I have incorporated it into cooking with everything. Cooking omelette’s, pan-frying chicken, and even making popcorn! If you have not tried to make stove top popcorn in coconut oil, visit this fantastic website and make it in just 4 minutes! Cory wants it almost every night now 😉
Do your research! I am not a doctor, naturopath, nutritionist, and I am certainly not a scientist. I’ve used it, love it, and appreciate the research behind it.