What Are The Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?

Coconut Oil is Surprisingly Healthy For You

Coconut oil is solid saturated fat. Coconut oil is a health food.  Are these two sentences in direct opposition of each other?

Definitely not!

Once you start to hear about the health benefits of extra virgin coconut oil, you’ll begin to understand why that is.

Many people mistakenly believe that all saturated fats are bad for you, but that’s really not true. The problems are man-made trans-fats, and if the fat-source you’re looking at has high amounts of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

In fact, Dr. Weston Price found that Pacific Islanders whose diets included large amounts of coconut had incredibly low levels of heart disease. (source)

Coconut oil is very high in lauric acid, a health-promoting compound with anti-viral/bacterial/protozoan properties. It’s also high in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are smaller and easier to digest than most vegetable fats (long-chain triglycerides or LCTs).

These MCTs are easy for your liver to burn for energy – just like carbohydrates – but without the insulin spike. Once they get the fire lit, your body will keep burning fat for energy and will begin to use up stored fat.

Cooking With Coconut Oil

This is an important thing to note:

It’s not healthy to cook with olive oil.

Got that? Good. The reason why is this:

  • Olive oil and most other vegetable oils have low-smoke points. When a fat starts to smoke from heat, it is going through a chemical change. After this has happened, it becomes full of carcinogenic compounds and oxidants that are horrible for your body.
  • Most vegetable oils come from GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) which include soy, corn, and canola.

 

Coconut oil has a much higher smoke point, and therefore will not be damaged by heat and is much better for cooking.

As far as olive oil (virgin, extra-virgin, regular, organic, or any other variety) is concerned, there is a reason people like to use it as salad dressing, and that’s because it’s healthiest if never heated. It will serve you much better drizzled on top of your healthy and delicious meals.

Where to Find Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

It’s very easy to find it at your neighborhood health food store. Many chain grocery stores are starting to carry it.

You can also find it online, which I’d never done before but just gave it a shot and it worked out fine.

I just purchased a giant 1.6 liter (54oz) tub of it from Vitacost online for only $22. Here’s the link to it.
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You can also pick it up at Amazon , which is always convenient.

Hope this has helped you decide if using coconut oil is right for you.

1 Comment

  1. So I know I had heard about the issues of cooking olive oil at med-high temperatures, but I thought I’d play devil’s advocate and find information that says its okay to cook with it, here is one article from the American Institute for Cancer Reseaech http://www.aicr.org/health-features/nutrition-wise/nw-questions-about-heating-olive-oil-lifestyle-and-prostate-health-storing-breast-milk.html Now I certainly believe that the smoke from cooking it is most likely carcinogenic but I’m not as sure I’d the resulting oil on the cooked food/the cooked food itself is carcinogenic. And besides, these days everything causes cancer 🙂

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