Coconut oil is everywhere, it’s even in supermarkets now, you can use it for anything and everything from cooking and putting in your coffee to using as a deodorant. It has been seen as one of the greatest health products if you read all the posts that have come along with it.
So we will explain a little about it and hopefully help you understand why coconut oil is being so highly spoke of in the health and fitness world.
What is it?
Coconut oil is a fat that is made up of medium-chain triglycerides, MCT, which are a combination of fatty acids and triglycerides and a different from the majority of fats that we consume on a daily basis, most fats are long chain. MCT’s can aid the rate of which the body breaks down fat and leads to an increase in metabolism for the first 2 weeks after it is added to the diet.
It is believed to be able to break down quicker within the body that short and long-chain triglycerides, meaning the body can use it more as energy and reduce the amount that is stored. It is usually found as a solid white product but with heat, it goes to a liquid, you should look at purchasing oil within a glass jar to reduce the chances of the oil going rancid.
What should I do with it?
A fair amount of research shows that it has a positive effect on increasing skin moisture and reducing dryness, other aspects of coconut oil are either too early or not conclusive enough to suggest they help with other touted benefits like fat loss, cholesterol, your memory or insulin sensitivity.
The best ways to use it currently are to apply it directly to skin as a moisturiser or to hair as a conditioner, it can also be used as a scrub if you follow the recipe and instructions found here. Eating and drinking wise you should look at replacing your cooking oils with coconut oil as it has a higher heating point which means it reduces the risk of it turning like other fats and releasing cancer-causing carcinogenic effects.
You can look at adding it to your coffee to create a bulletproof coffee where you add grass-fed butter and coconut oil to create the perfect pre-workout drink, take a look at this article about it!
Coconut oil should be introduced to your life, definitely to cook with, and to use where else you seem acceptable. I personally cook most of my meals in it, and use it every now and again for a bulletproof coffee when I remember to buy the butter! I normally have Lucy Bee coconut oil, I just happen to prefer the taste that gives compared to other brands, but have a little shop around and find the one you like best when cooking with it.
Please be careful not to use too much as a little can go a long way and you can need to remember it is still a fat and still contains 9 calories per gram, so if you throw a heaped teaspoon into your morning coffee, that is a lot of calories to be taking in unless that is just going to be your breakfast (read the bulletproof coffee post).
Keep an eye on upcoming research, as I am sure that the things we mentioned like memory gain, insulin response and fat loss will get reviewed in a lot more detail because the interest in coconut oil is growing by the day, just check out Hippy paste, this is just one of many coconut oil deodorants out there now!
I hope this helps a little and if you want more information on this please get in touch and ask any questions you may have!