Coconut oil is god’s gift to man! It can be used for so many wonderful things, both edible things and non-edible.
But, the question is why is it so good? Coconut oil is one of the only foods that can actually be classified as a “superfood.” You see, coconut oil is very high in saturated fat called median chain triglycerides. The fats work much differently than other typed of saturated fats in the body. The unique combination of fatty acids can have a profound positive effect on health. What are the positive effects?
1. Eases A Sore Throat
Coconut oil creates a soothing layer over a sore or scratchy throat. Try eating a spoonful of coconut oil or add it to your favorite hot tea.
2. Increases Energy Expenditure, and Helps Burn More Fat
Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States, and it is one of the biggest health problems in the world. The Medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats.
One Study even found that 15-30 grams daily increased 24-hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.
3. Helps Kill Bacteria, Helping to Fight Off Infections
When digested, coconut oil forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin. Both lauric acid, which makes up 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil, and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
4. Helps relieve Constipation
People once thought coconut oil caused constipation, but it actually does the opposite. It is considered to be one of the best natural laxatives available.
5. Improves Blood Cholesterol levels, and Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease
Coconut oil is loaded down with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.
Saturated fats raise HDL cholesterol and change LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype. One study showed that coconut oil reduced total LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to Soybean oil.
Coconut Oil Benefits For Oral Care
Coconut Oil does so many things for Oral Health care. It can reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, Reduce Plaque and Gingivitis, and reduce bad breath.
Some people like to brush with it, I personally prefer to oil pull.
What is Oil Pulling and How Does it work?
In order to pull, you simply put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, and swish it around anywhere from 15-20 minutes.
Your mouth contains thousands of bacteria, some friendly and some not. The bacteria in the mouth are referred to as biofilm, a thin layer used to adhere to the surface. This is known as Plaque, having some is normal but if it gets out of hand, it can cause a lot of problems.
Coconut Oil Fat Bombs
2 Cups cold pressed virgin coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla bean paste
¼ cup Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Sea Salt
½ Cup Cocoa powder
4 Tbsp Almond Butter
Coconut for rolling, or sprinkling
Mix everything together in a bowl or food processor until smooth. Drop by the tablespoon full onto waxed or parchment paper, or into desiccated coconut. Refrigerate until solid, and then store covered in the fridge.