Coconut Oil may as well be renamed “Nature’s Wonder Oil.” With over one hundred different uses, it is one of the most versatile health products you can get your hands on. For anyone who is unsure of where to start, here are just 5 of the most popular ways you can use it:
– Cook with it – perfect for frying, baking and high temperature cooking
– Eat it – add to porridge, coffee, smoothies or toast
– Apply it – for luscious locks and smooth skin
– Pull it – ideal for oil pulling which boosts oral hygiene
– Spread it – add to crackers/rice cakes for a healthy, dairy free alternative
As a staple food item in some of the healthiest countries in the world, it is no wonder that new research suggests high quality coconut oil can aid fat loss, maintain a healthy heart and even push athletic performance.
GOOD FATS & MCT’s
The best way to understand Coconut Oil is to compare it to the Avocado, a similar plant-based food, with a high fat content that is considered highly nutritious. Come to think of it, coconuts and avocados could be related. Distant cousins, maybe!?
Like the Avocado, Coconut Oil falls under the category “good fats,” which play an essential role in a well-balanced, healthy diet. We get our “good fats” from fish, nuts, seeds and oils.
Coconut Oil also contains Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and reportedly has more than any other food in existence. MCTs, or medium-chain fatty acids as they are also known, are metabolized differently to longer-chain fatty acids that are found in foods like steak and cheese. MCTs are easily digestible and absorbed directly into the liver, increasing your energy expenditure and helping the body to burn other fats. Pretty nifty, huh?
A COCONUT A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY
Coconut Oil contains around 50 percent Lauric Acid, a type of medium chain fatty acid. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound that exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. It acts by disrupting the lipid membranes in organisms like fungus, bacteria and viruses, thus destroying them. Many people who regularly consume coconut oil experience less sickness.
BODY BUILDERS & ATHLETES
All over the world personal trainers and nutritionists are recommending Coconut Oil to their clients. It is popular with athletes due to the increase in energy expenditure provided by the medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil can also blunt appetite and stave sugar cravings making it a perfect addition to any athlete’s diet. Similarly, body builders can take advantage of the same benefits. It is also claimed that coconut oil can be used by body builders to boost testosterone levels, helping to maintain hard-earned muscle when getting “shredded” for a show. Additionally, the lower the carb intake in any athlete or body builder’s diet, the more important it becomes to NOT limit fat intake, in particular saturated fat.
ORGANIC. RAW. VIRGIN. COLD-PRESSED.
It is really important to buy unrefined, unprocessed coconut oil. Chi Coconut Oil is raw, unrefined, organic, cold-pressed and virgin. This means that it is never heated, never treated and never processed. What reaches you in the jar is pure coconut goodness.
Now to let you in on a little secret… Did you know that there is absolutely no difference between “extra virgin” coconut oil and “virgin” coconut oil? “Extra virgin” is actually just a marketing term. The only place you’ll find a difference is in your Olive Oil, but you should probably replace that with Chi Coconut Oil anyway!
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