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Benefits Of Coconut Oil: What Are They?
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Benefits Of Coconut Oil: What Are They?

What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil?

Health and nutrition is an area where there are many questions and often times, many differing answers. For example, are eggs good for you? Many doctors would tell you to avoid them, some would say eat the white part and ditch the yoke, and others would tell you that eggs are incredibly nutritious and that you should eat several a day. One such question that I had recently had to do with a product that I had not really considered before because of the mass media hype against anything fat related. Coconut oil began taking a bad wrap when the government decided that it would be more profitable to set up the corn and soy industries for success, i.e. vegetable oil. With this in mind, let's see what the benefits of coconut oil are.

Is It Healthy?

The first of the benefits of coconut oil, and certainly most important, is that coconut oil is highly beneficial to your health and well being. Coconut oil has been shown to help with control of cholesterol levels, increasing energy, increased thyroid function, and an overall increase in metabolism. These benefits are all major bonuses, especially if you are among the millions who struggle with any of these health issues. It's super easy to implement coconut oil as a supplement as well, just add a tablespoon to your morning coffee or add it to a smoothie and benefit!

What About Cooking?

Another of the major benefits of coconut oil is that is has a very high smoke point. The variable in oils that determines how far you can heat it before it smokes is it's level a fat saturation. Coconut oil is one of the most saturated fats that is naturally available and as such is a great option over vegetable oils or canola oil which can be heated to very high heat but also changes in molecular structure in the process. This is a wonderful attribute to have in a cooking oil as you won't have problems with your oil going up in smoke, resulting in a somewhat charred dinner. Coconut oil works great for frying as well as sauteing foods at medium to high heat. I for one have not burned dinner once since making the switch.

How Long Will It Last?

The high saturation level of coconut oil also creates another distinct benefit. Coconut oil is incredibly shelf stable because there are not extra particles filling out the composition and creating rancidity issues as there are with other less saturated oils. Coconut oil will stay good in your pantry for two years at room temperature. This creates the added benefit that you can buy it in bulk and not have to worry that you will end up throwing anything away.

Can It Get Any Better?

The last of this brief list of benefits of coconut oil is certainly not the least. Coconut oil is also useful as a topical skin and hair treatment. Have dry skin? Rub some coconut oil on it as a lotion or have someone give you a massage and rub it in for you. My wife and I have stopped using any other kind of lotion because the coconut oil works so well as a moisturizer. Another of the benefits of coconut oil is that you can use it as a hair conditioner. Numerous studies have shown that coconut oil helps hair to retain its natural protein, resulting in the highly sought after shine that so many shampoo companies advertise.

Conclusions

These are only several of literally infinite benefits of coconut oil. Coconut products in general hold a special place for me both nutritionally as well as cosmetically and coconut oil is no exception. I hope that this article has been informative and helpful. Whether you are looking for something to enhance your health, improve your cooking, give you healthier looking skin and hair, or provide a cost effective means to achieve all of these. Coconut Oil is without a doubt the product that you are searching for.


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