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Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Published 5/16/13

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut Oil is the oil that is extracted from the dried fruit of a coconut palm tree.

What Are the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil?

BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL: Coconut oil positively improves the hormones that are in charge of thyroid and blood sugar control. The oil also helps improve the use of insulin in the body. With the improved thyroid control comes increased metabolism, energy and endurance.

LOWER CHOLESTEROL: Coconut oil contains lauric acid. This type of acid is known to increase the good type of cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins (HDL). HDL is considered ”good” cholesterol because it searches for and combats the harmful low-density cholesterol (LDL) in the bloodstream.

STRONG BONES AND TEETH: Coconut oil improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium, both of which are vital when it comes to healthy bones and teeth.

Is Coconut Oil the Latest and Greatest Food Cure-All?

Recent studies have shown that coconut oil is a major health food that can help cure anything and everything from poor immune function, thyroid disease, and heart disease, to weight issues, various forms of cancer, and even HIV. Although coconut oil has great benefits, it has been the subject of controversy for many years and shouldn’t be used as a one-stop cure for anything.  

Coconut Oil Is Filled with Fats

Only one tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories and as much as 13.6 grams of fat. Most of that fat content is unhealthy saturated fat (as much as 93%), so much that coconut oil is said to have more saturated fat than lard. Neither the American Heart Association (AHA) nor the Dietary Guidelines provided by the United States Government suggest that the saturated fat from coconut oil is any better or healthier than other saturated fats. It is important to limit saturated fat intake because it is known to increase the risk of heart disease. Although coconut oil does not have any cholesterol itself, it is highly recommended that coconut oil be consumed moderately due to the high level of saturated fat. If there is a need to consume oil on a daily be sure to check other vegetable oils featuring less saturated fats, such as soybean, canola, or corn oil.

 

Coconut Oil Uses

The list of uses for coconut oil include, but is not limited to:

-Cooking oil

-Coffee creamer

-Basic skin lotion, facial moisturizer, or massage oil

-Natural sunscreen, tanning oil, chap stick, or deodorant

-Sunburn relief

-Natural person lubricant

-Stimulate hair growth

-To reduce the itching sensation

 

 

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