Many people find it surprising to learn that coconut oil is good for you, especially considering it is a saturated fat. Over 1,700 scientific research reports have now shown that not all saturated fats are the same. In fact, some saturated fats are actually beneficial for good health. Once thought to be a "bad fat", coconut oil is now recognized worldwide as the healthiest vegetable oil available because it does not create dangerous trans fatty acids.
Coconut oil is now known to be one of the healthiest and most versatile dietary oils in the world. Research shows that coconut oil can play a significant part in helping to suppress hypoglycemic cravings, strengthen your immune system, support the functioning of your thyroid and can also help you with your weight loss goals.
Why Switch to Coconut Oil?
There are many reasons why switching to coconut oil from corn, canola or other vegetable oils is the right choice. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is non-hydrogenated and does not contain trans fats. When vegetable oils are hydrogenated, trans fatty acids are created. Trans fatty acids have been proven to increase the risk of heart disease and may enhance the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
When coconut oil is used at a high heat, trans fatty acids do not develop, making coconut oil a healthy choice for all of your cooking needs. Its low melting point of 25°C also makes it ideal for use in baking. Since it is solid at room temperature, coconut oil is also a great tasting healthy alternative to butter or margarine.
Coconut oil is made up of healthy medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are healthy fats that have been shown to increase metabolism. MCTs resemble carbohydrates more than fats because they are absorbed more rapidly in the body and, in turn, are burned as energy.
Choose Extra Virgin
When shopping for Coconut oil, make sure you look for “Extra Virgin Coconut Oil”. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is unrefined, meaning it has not been exposed to harsh chemicals or contaminants during processing, and is richer in nutrients than regular coconut oil. Regular coconut oil is refined during processing and is not as nutritionally beneficial.
Written by Chef Sylvia Mantyka