My idyllic heaven is lying on a beautiful, warm beach with the smell of salt and taste of coconut enveloping my senses. It makes perfect sense then that the universe made coconuts one of the most nutritious gifts on the planet.
You can eat it, drink it, wash in it and rub it all over your body. The health benefits of coconut are incredible. Let me tell you why.
Coconut oil is a highly beneficial MCT (medium chain triglyceride), a special saturated fat unlike the longer saturated fatty acids typically found in animal fat. It remains stable at high temperatures…like stovetop cooking and frying.
Other oils have a lower smoke point and become oxidized when heated, which leads to advanced glycation end products AGEs (no bueno!) and harmful free radical damage. Olive oil is good when cooking at low temperatures and served cold on salads, etc. Vegetable oil/sunflower oil/safflower oil/canola oil are refined seed oils that oxidize easily and can lead to terrible things…like cancer. JUST SAY NO to fried foods!
I use it for vegetables, sauteed meats, baked goods…you name it. You can also give it to your dogs for a beautiful coat and aids in digestion.
MCTs do not require bile salts for digestion. They diffuse passively from the intestines into the blood and do not require modification before being used as energy for your cells. They are metabolized very easily and, because they are a fat and not a sugar, they can be used by your cells for energy without a spike in your insulin. Coconut oil is very stable and will keep at room temperature for very long periods of time. (from PaleoMom.com)
Unless you’ve been on a deserted island (and even then), you most likely know the thirst-quenching power of coconut water. With no added sugar, its natural electrolytes hydrate athletes and gym rats across the world.
What about coconut milk? Besides creating a curry, this nut’s milk makes a great coffee creamer, soup thickener and protein shake booster.
Wash in it
Islanders use coconut oil and butter for a primo hair conditioner. Best left on overnight, even time-sensitive folks can benefit from a quick wash, rinse and repeat with this organic moisturizer.
Rub it all over
Coconut has long been recognized for its ability to act as an antibiotic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial. Rub coconut oil on stretch marks, scars and wounds or use for homeopathic remedies to dry skin, eczema or psoriasis and even hidradenitis suppurativa.
I use it on my face and legs after showering, and my skin is soft and smooth.
Is there anything this divine gift can’t do?