Because it makes you smell like beach, summer and holiday. Do you really need another reason? You should just instantly feel better just by the smell. I mean, it really smells like time off, sun and warmth, doesn’t it? If that was the only benefit of coconut oil, this would be the shortest blog post ever. So, I’m sure I can dig up a few more things too! Let’s have a look at this high in saturated fat part of the plant family (every family has got one black sheep, haven’t they?) that are now loved by so many and sold for the same price as gold per kilo. Almost.
It’s now known as a superfood. And a super skin care product, because you can rub it on your skin too ( I love a cheap, natural skin care product!). Coconut oil was the original sunscreen (and still is in some areas of the world) that blocks out the harmful rays from the sun, but allows the good ones that helps your body produce Vitamin D. But it still helps protecting your skin from damage and skin cancer (just don’t go lying in the sun for hours and hours without an umbrella, hat and sunnies – it’s never a good idea).
The most common use for Coconut Butter in the western world these days is not for sun protection, but for food. It’s taking over for margarine (ok that’s not true, it’s only my wishful thinking that margarine will die and go to hell) in the diet world. Apparently coconut oil (or butter, it is the same thing, depending on the temperature in the room) is good for weight loss. The medium chain fatty acids you find in coconut oil is used instantly for energy, instead of getting stored. They help you burn fat at a higher rate and they surpress your apetite (because it’s pure fat, so you will feel pretty full after having a spoon). Miranda Kerr takes 4 teaspoons of coconut butter daily and if you want a body like hers, I am sure that is the only think she does different from you, so go ahead, dig into the coconut butter jar (I am sure it will be better for you than the peanut butter jar).
No, but seriously, there has been research on coconut butter as a remedy for neurological disease, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. If you are very interested and want to read more, have a look here or if you just want to watch a video, look at this. Because the brain can run on glucose or ketones, and parts of the brain becomes glucose deprived due to a neurological disease, you can supply the brain with readily available ketones (found in coconut butter) and this will help your brain function better even without the glucose. I have not done any studies on this myself, but I have read similar stories many places.
If you are struggling with your digestion, having coconut butter in your diet might also be a great idea, as it will help you absorb nutrients better and repair any damage from too much wheat and dairy (if you are one of those people who can’t handle dairy that well). Simply having more oil in your diet will also help your digestive system work better, because it requires a bit of grease to keep it running properly (just like a car!). Coconut oil is also know an a immune system boost, that will strengthen your immune system. The coconut oil does this by attacking viruses, bacteria and fungi. I even read a study where a guy with HIV ate coconut oil daily and completely killed all the viruses in his body (I can not guarantee that this story is true, but I guess you having nothing to loose in trying to have coconut every day?!). It truly sounds like a superfood!
Coconut is very high in saturated fat, so much that in an unbiased nutrition book, they go as far as saying Coconut Oil should be avoided in favour of other healthier oils such as canola (is canola oil really that good for you I ask). Back to the saturated fat story there. I don’t really believe in the ‘saturated fat is bad for you’ story. I think things such as sugar and highly processed ‘food’ are far worse than getting a little too muh pork on your fork (sorry, I just had too!). Fat doesn’t make us fat, in my opinion. You can’t just blame your fat ass on eating too much fat. Then you need to have a closer look at what you eat before you start blaming it on your excessive fat consumption.
I’m getting off track here. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, yes, you’ll have to decide if you believe saturated fat is bad for you or not. Then you have to decide if you want to start using coconut oil for cooking or just as a daily supplement to your usual diet (decisions, decisions). But believe me, the house smells very yummy when you cook chicken in coconut oil and add some fresh basil and chilli! It’s a winner even if it doesn’t make you skinny or or kills all the viruses in your body!
If it makes you feel good, it can’t be that bad for you, right?