It tastes great, you can make low sugar chocolates with it, and a spoonful in your coffee before training is the best pre-workout supplement I have ever taken, you feel like batman ready to take on the world of evil.
All this is enough to make me recommend it, but there are also a whole load of health benefits that come with it:
- Coconut oil is high in fat, especially medium chain triglycerides, which are sent straight to the liver to be metabolized, providing a quick source of energy. This probably explains the super hero effect before training.
- 50% of the fat is Lauric acid, which is an anti bacterial helping you to fight off infections and viruses.
- The same Lauric acid has a positive effect on your cholesterol, by increasing your HDL's (the so called good cholesterol) and decrease the ratio on total to HDL cholesterol, reducing your risk of heart disease.
- It can make you eat less. That spoonful in a coffee is surprisingly filling and it can put off hunger for a good couple of hours. So next time you're feeling a bit peckish, but not ready for a meal give it a go.
This may come as a surprise, but I'm not really 'up' on the whole beauty product scene. I occasionally use soap, but that's about it. I have heard coconut oil is quite popular at some beauticians because of it's moisturising effect and I have had some experience of it.
Last year I started getting dandruff, which I found quite unusual because I hardly have any hair. Anyway, i experimented rubbing the oil on my head, giving it a rather appealing gleam, every other day for two weeks and i found the dandruff had stopped and it hasn't returned since.
My youngest daughter used to get dry skin on her hands and feet. Again we used the coconut oil and within a few weeks had cleared up and hasn't returned.
You can use coconut oil as a fat just as you would butter, because it has a high smoke point making it good for cooking unlike olive oil. We use it in baking, chocolate, stir fry's, but it doesn't work with everything. I used it to fry an omelette once making the whole thing taste like coconut. So i would stick with butter for eggs, but veg works really well.
When you buy your coconut oil just make sure you go for organic, cold pressed (we get ours from www.chia4uk.com). The refined coconut oil has been heated, bleached, deodorized and possibly had chemical solvents added. This process removes all the health benefits from the oil and may also created hydrogenated or trans fats, which are going to increase your risk of heart disease rather than decreasing it.