Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What's so great about Coconut Oil?

This excerpt (italicized paragraph) is taken from "Looking Younger and Living Younger," a book that gives a full breakdown of vitamins, minerals and foods and their healing properties. I will be posting more on this tomorrow.
So, what's so great about coconut oil? It's in a lot of whole food and raw recipes. I didn't know until I read this. There is so much info on Coconut oil, it is amazing:

"Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth," says Dr. Bruce Fife, author of The Coconut Miracle. HE says it is definitely the healthiest choice for a cooking oil. It does not form HNE (a toxin called 4-hydroxy-trans-2-nonenal that is found in most other vegetable oils when heated). A nutrition researcher, Cherie Calbom states that "Within one week of adding coconut oil to a diet, energy levels can double, and weight loss becomes effortless because MCFA's (medium chain fatty acids) not only speed fat burn but also stabilize blood sugar surges that spark cravings and appetite."

Healthier Heart:
Coconut's powerful antioxidants neutralize free radicals that contribute to the buildup of LDL ("bad cholesterol"), while it's healthy fats help the body produce HDS ("good cholesterol").
Stronger Bones:
The sterols in coconut mimic the action of progesterone, a key to hormone for bone strength.
Strengthen Immune System:
Coconut oil is 48% lauric acid, a specific type of MCFA proven to strengthen the immune system and kill viruses, bacteria and fungi. Consuming 3 1/2 T. of coconut oil daily delivers enough lauric acid to prevent you from coming down with winter illnesses (according to Dr. Fife)."
Rub it in your hair to help with dandruff....Rub it on your hands and let it soak for 20 minutes to help with really dry skin!

I love this stuff. Get some and try to incorporate it into your diet. Add coconut milk to your smoothies...add dried shredded coconut to healthy cookies or energy bars (it's soo tiny..my kids never know..not like the sweetened coconut from the grocery store).

Next time you make homemade popcorn, mix a little with a raw butter and sea salt to top your popcorn.
(Because it is solid at room tempurature, you will need to melt it for cooking, which is easily done over a double boiler).

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