You may be wondering what’s the deal about this big coconut rave? Are coconuts and coconut oil really that good for you? And how can they be healthy when they are high in saturated fat? Well, I’m here to answer those questions for you and to let you know where you can get organic coconut oil for a great price.
Not too long ago, our society was all about the low-fat, fat-free craze. Fat was considered the “culprit” to our diets. Thankfully, people have realized that fat is good for our bodies, and is even necessary for proper absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients. So let’s talk about coconut oil and why it’s so good for you. Yes, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but the fat in coconuts is different & unique from all other fats & contains many health benefiting properties. In my opinion, coconut oil is a superfood. The difference is in the fat molecule. Fats and oils contain fatty acids. Approximately 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Coconut oil is composed mostly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Our bodies metabolize each fatty acid differently, based on its size. MCFT do not have a negative effect on cholesterol like LCFA do, and they help to protect against heart disease.
Here are a few of the MANY benefits of coconuts & coconut oil:
- Acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
- Lowers cholesterol.
- Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Increases metabolism supporting weight loss
- Great natural skin/hair moisturizer
- Much more!
Use coconut oil as your cooking oil of choice and/or add it in your favorite smoothies for its health benefits. Rub it on your skin to help protect against the sun’s UV rays.
Right now Amazon has the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2), priced at $15.10, just $7.55 per jar. And you get free shipping. Use the “Subscribe and Save” option to get it for this price. Once the product has shipped, if you decide you don’t want that service, you can just cancel it at any time. Whatever brand you choose, make sure it says “unrefined” on the label and that it’s organic. Go nuts over coconuts!
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC