Benefits Of Coconut Oil
You will no doubt have seen the endless articles on coconut oil recently. Up until 12 months ago I only ever used it for my skin and was unaware that it could be used as a substitute for butter and oils in baking and cooking.
However it is now my most used and bought product and I am already seeing the benefits.
If you want to know more about this amazing product read below.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a “healthy” form saturated fat compared to trans fat. This means that our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately turning it in to energy rather than being stored as fat. Adding coconut oil to a protein shake or a drink before a workout is a great way to get extra energy. Coconut oil is also beneficial for brain function.
It is a great weight-loss aid when used alongside a healthy eating plan. As well as providing energy it helps to control blood sugar levels and reduces cravings.
If you suffer from poor digestion try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including Irritable bowel syndrome.
If you’re preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.
The skin benefits are endless. Used as a moisturiser it is extremely hydrating to the skin and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. You can also add baking soda to coconut oil to make a toothpaste, use it as a hair conditioner or as an ingredient in a body scrub.
Always purchase the virgin coconut oil with no additives.
There are so many different brands on the market but my favourite is Lucy Bee, mainly because it comes in cute easy-peel jar which I go on to store my chia seeds and homemade granola in.