How is it possible that we can believe something is so bad, when in actual fact it is so good? Coconut oil is a prime example. Yes, it’s very high in saturated fat – but it increases HDL cholesterol (ie, the ‘good’ cholesterol) while helping to convert the LDL cholesterol (ie, the ‘bad’ cholesterol) into good cholesterol – so it doesn’t have the bad effects on our health we believe all saturated fats to have…
So about 2 years ago we took the plunge to stop using rapeseed oil and other vegetable oils for stir frying (which we do a lot of!) and started using coconut oil instead. Pause for effect: big leap for Chinese husband with this one! We just make sure not to take it to smoking point, where the structure of the oil can change.
However, it’s great and we love how it makes food taste! We are sure to buy organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil. And here’s why:
- Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid (or medium-chain triglyceride), which means that our bodies are able to use it really quickly for fuel so it doesn’t get stored like vegetable oils do. It’s also great as a ready source of energy for our brains.
- It helps to prevent insulin resistance by providing fuel for cells so that the pancreas doesn’t keep pumping out insulin that cells aren’t responding to.
- It can be beneficial in the fight against cancer as cancer cells need glucose for energy but ketones produced in the liver when we eat coconut oil can provide an alternative source of energy that cancer cells can’t use – wahoo!
- It’s high in antioxidants and therefore reduces inflammation – yeh!
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What to understand more?
Here are a couple of articles by Dr Josh Axe that are well worth reading:
- Is Coconut Oil Healthy? (The American Heart Association Doesn’t Think So)
- 20 coconut oil benefits for your brain, heart, joints and more!
And this is an article by Jeremy Orozco regarding the benefits of oils like coconut oil for migraines: