I’ve been reading a lot about the amazing benefits of coconut oil, and the value of cooking with it (since it seems to conduct heat quite well – and I have personally noticed this recently while using it instead of olive oil). Of the clean oils, many are turning to good organic olive oil for salads and to use cold, while introducing coconut oil more regularly for cooking. And by the way – just a little really goes a very long way!
Tip: if I’m cooking eggs, or sautéing kale, I just put a small amount in the pan, and use a napkin to wipe away excess before I start cooking. While I love using healthy fats in my diet, and I use them daily, I don’t see the need to overdo it just for the sake of using more than necessary.
Here are some of the benefits of this wonder oil via The Healing Project:
- It’s antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so anything that might fall into these categories could be helped. Some examples would include: athlete’s foot, eczema, herpes, candida, influenza, AIDS, urinary tract infections, ulcers, diaper rash, hepatitis C, etc.
- Is completely non-toxic without any harmful side-affects (How many pharmaceutical companies can make this claim? Wouldn’t you rather medicate with something like this?)
- Helps to increase metabolic rate, which in turn leads to weight loss – “Back in the 1940s, farmers discovered this effect accidentally when they tried using inexpensive coconut oil to fatten their livestock. It didn’t work! Instead, coconut oil made the animals lean, active and hungry.” ~ Dr. Joseph Mercola
- Supports thyroid function.
- Unlike trans fats, coconut oil does not form any harmful by-products when heated during cooking.
- An anti-inflammatory food
- Boosts the immune system – “The lauric acid in coconut oil is used by the body to make the same disease fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin that babies make from the lauric acid they get from their mothers’ milk” ~ Mary Enig
- Increases energy – Nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which means it is very easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy without any insulin spike.
- Supports beauty – use as a lotion to alleviate dry skin, prevent wrinkles, eliminate dandruff. Also use it on psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema or any other skin ailment.
- Has been documented to aid in the relief of digestive disorders: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, constipation, diarrhea.
Now some people love the benefits of coconut oil so much, that they promote taking a teaspoon or two per day – just as a natural ‘medicine’ (similar to the way Castor Oil was a popular daily potion in the old days). It can’t hurt, but I think that’s an entirely personal decision; and since there are many whole foods that promote overall wellness, taking a teaspoon a day of all of them many not be possible. And while healthy fats (walnuts, avocado, coconut, seeds, etc…) are a good thing and should be included in a daily clean eating lifestyle, you still want to sparingly add excess fat. You’ll want to keep the Clean Eating Food Pyramid in mind if you also plan to stay fit while cleaning up your diet!
I do, however, think that adding coconut oil into the diet, especially for the purposes of cooking, is a superstar alternative to other clean oils you might choose, like olive, grapeseed, walnut, hazelnut, and avocado oils.
101 Uses for Coconut Oil (Wellness Mamma)