Great Fat for Cooking
Coconut oil is a stable oil that doesn’t break down at high temperatures like other oils do, and it doesn’t go rancid easily. It is great for cooking eggs, stir fries, grain-free baked goods, and practically any other cooking use.
- Great Source of Healthy Fats:
- Lauric Acid: Over 50% of the fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. Lauric acid is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Coconut oil is the richest source of lauric acid after breastmilk.
- Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs): Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but not all saturated fats are unhealthy. MCTs are smaller than other saturated fats, which allows them to go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy.
- Digestive Help: Coconut oil’s concentration of beneficial fats makes it helpful for digestion. Its antimicrobial properties can help fight irritation and infection in the gut from Candida.
- Mental Boost: Studies show MCTs may contribute to focus and mental performance.
- Hormone Support: Getting the wrong kinds of fats can create havoc on hormones. Coconut oil contains fats that support the body’s natural hormone production.
- Immune Support: MCTs and lauric acid’s anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial for immune support.
Personal Care Uses
- For Hair: This nourishing oil has been used for centuries in hair, and its unique fat composition makes it especially beneficial for dry or damaged hair. Use it as a hair mask, hot oil treatment, or in homemade hair products.
- For Skin: Coconut oil feels great on your skin. Many people like to use it straight from the jar as a natural moisturizer or shaving lotion. Its antioxidant properties make it great for stopping wrinkles and skin irritation. It’s also great for relieving sunburns.