Coconut Oil Basics

Coconut Oil is a healthy cooking fat, and a wonderful beauty tool. Perfect for both your kitchen and bathroom.

Can be stored unrefrigerated for up to two years.

It’s one of the most versatile and nutrient dense fats available. Coconut Oil is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being:

  • Antiviral
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antioxidant

Tastes and smells great. Shelf stable and healthy. Some of its uses might really surprise you.

What about Coconut Oil’s Bad Reputation?

Unfortunately, there’s a widespread misconception that Coconut Oil is bad for you because it contains saturated fat.

Coconut Oil is 92% saturated fat. But NOT the disease-making demon we used to believe. It has very little inflammatory Omega-6 essential fatty acids.

During the past no-fat craze, all saturated fats were thought to be harmful. To be avoided. Edible oil industries profited from this. Their marketing overshadowed the truth.

The truth is that Coconut Oil is far more nutritious and beneficial than  every other oil (canola, corn, peanut, soy, safflower).

What most people don’t know is that saturated fat is:

  • Necessary for health
  • Not the primary cause of weight gain.

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Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)

Coconut Oil’s saturated fat is in the form of MCTs. They go directly to your liver and immediately converted into energy. Not stored as fat like other oils.

MCTs are more easily digested and used than other fats. This increases your metabolism. Helps weight loss and gives you more energy.

Faster metabolism is great for those with thyroid problems.

Your body breaks down MCTs without bile or enzymes. Perfect for people with gallbladder issues (or no gallbladder).

  • Boost your immunity (antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal)
  • Reduce risk of heart and circulation problems
  • Balance blood sugar (The Coconut Oil Miracle)
  • Improve severe and chronic digestive disorders.

To see that not all saturated fats are dangerous, you might like to read these blogs:

Lauric Acid

Almost 50% of Coconut Oil EFAs are Lauric Acid. This is a rare, medium chain fatty acid.

A proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal. Very beneficial attacking pathogens. This helps strengthen immunity.

Your body converts Lauric Acid into monolaurin. That’s the antibacterial compound found in breastmilk.

Coconut Oil as Food

Excellent replacement for any fat (butter, margarine, shortening, lard) in cooking, baking and frying. Coconut Oil doesn’t contain vitamins or minerals. But it enhances  your micronutrient absorption. A very important benefit.

  • Fry your eggs in it
  • Spread on toast, pancakes and waffles
  • Melts beautifully on baked potatoes
  • Tastes great in juices, coffee, tea, smoothies, salads, soups and veg dishes
  • Works especially well with Asian cuisine.
  • Sweet baked goods are more delicious
  • Try in homemade mayonnaise with olive oil.

Stable for high temperature cooking and baking. Becomes liquid at 75F (25C).

Topical Benefits and Uses

A wonderful skin care product that can relieve skin conditions and speed skin repair. Great news for people with with slow wound healing.

  • Itchy, dry, red and inflamed skin
  • Sunburn
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Cracked, bleeding and uncomfortable dryness.

Unlike most lotions, Coconut Oil has long-lasting benefits.

  • Replace any cream or lotion for your body, face and hands
  • Easily removes makeup, even waterproof mascara
  • Improves wrinkles
  • Rejuvenate skin
  • Reduce stretch marks and scars
  • Especially great as a cuticle oil
  • Excellent as a massage oil
  • Gentle exfoliator (mix with sugar, sea salt, or coffee grounds), especially great for feet
  • Nourishing hair mask to manage dry frizzy hair and reduce hair loss (wash out thoroughly)
  • Natural low level sunscreen (SPF 4).

Helps bring back a youthful appearance. Penetrates deep into skin layers. Strengthening underlying tissues.

Only Use Virgin Coconut Oil

Different processing methods create different quality of oil. Only use Virgin Coconut Oil. Sometimes labeled as extra virgin.

It’s mechanically cold-pressed from fresh coconuts. Raw and unrefined, retaining all nutrients. Without any chemicals.

Refined Coconut Oil is usually made from dried coconut mass (also called copra). It’s cheaper, bleached, deodorized and lacking nutrients.

Coconut Oil contains no dangerous trans fats. They’re found in vegetable oils, margarine, shortening and more. Trans fats can lead to problems with heart, circulation, blood sugar and many more. Trans fats should be eliminated, or at least avoided.

Author: Ann-Louise Evanoff with Martin Pytela