As you may have seen- I use coconut oil in most, if not all of my recipes. I have previously written a blog post addressing the beneficial reasons of drinking coconut water, but I am now going to give some insight as to why I just love using coconut oil! Apart from the fact that it helps add delicious taste and texture to my recipes- it also adds nutritional value… Various human studies have confirmed that the combination of fatty acids that coconut oil possesses, have positive effects on our health.
It contains healthy fats
Although coconut oil is high in saturated fat, it is not the fat that you find in a block of cheese. The fat found in coconut oil is metabolised differently, meaning we can use these fats as sufficient sources of energy. These fatty acids are made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which not only provide longer-lasting sources of energy but also help burn fat in the body.
It kills off bad bacteria
Coconut oil contains something called ‘lauric acid‘. Studies have revealed lauric acids helps fight bad bacteria that lead to viruses in the body.
It may reduce risk of heart disease
Studies have suggested that the good kinds of saturated fats that coconut oil possesses, can aid in raising the good cholesterol levels (HDL) whilst decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL) Over a long-term period, this can then lead to reduced risk of heart disease.
Boosts brain function
Coconut oil contains ketone bodies, which supply energy for the brain. Researchers have suggested that ketone can provide a unique energy for source for any malfunctioning cells, and aid in reducing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Lastly, aside from the amazing health benefits that coconut oil provides us with, it is also great for dry skin and damaged hair… So you can also use coconut oil to look beautiful on the outside as well as the inside of the body!