Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Coconut Oil 101

On my journey to eating healthier foods, I came across coconut oil. Is it good? Is it bad? What is the deal? I found tons of conflicting information and after rooting through it all, I discovered the truth. There is nothing in the world wrong with coconut oil! Is has gotten a bad name for nothing. I really want to spread the word about the benefits of coconut oil and I want to share some of the facts with you guys!

Coconut oil contains lauric acid. The only other food item on this earth that contains lauric acid is breastmilk. Our bodies convert lauric acid into monolaurin which acts as a antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, and an antibacterial.

Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fat. Dont panic! The fats in coconut oil are a medium chain fatty acid, which is awesome. Medium chain fatty acids do not have a negative effect on cholesterol and actually help protect against heart disease. Short and medium chain fatty acids help aid in weight loss by speeding up the metabolism.

Coconut oil helps improve digestion and can help prevent various digestion related problems like irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties which help deal with bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Coconut oil contains less calories than other oils and it's fat content is easily converted into energy.

All of my information came from here and here. Check out those sites for MUCH more information on coconut oil. I am so glad we made the switch!

Tropical Traditions Certified Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is fantastic and the only oil we use in our house now. Their coconuts are used fresh(within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms in the Philippines.

How do they make coconut oil? The coconut meat is shredded and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk then has to sit for half a day allowing the oil to separate from the heavier water. Then they filter the oil from the curds. They do not use any chemicals or high-heat treatment and this coconut oil does not contain any trans fatty acids. I adore that their oil is not mass produced and is made by small farming families. They use methods that have been around for hundreds of years. All of their coconut trees and family producers are certified organic by strict USDA guidelines, which I love! Another thing I love about this oil is its long shelf life! I can stock up when it goes on sale and not worry about it going bad.

My favorite quote from the Tropical Traditions website:

"Virgin coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body's immune system. Lauric acid is also found in human mother's milk. Dr. Mary Enig suggests the average adult include 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil per day in their diet to take in an equivalent amount of lauric acid that a nursing infant would receive from breast milk"

I LOVE that quote and it is my number one reason for wanting coconut oil in my diet. I love that it is a natural oil. Vegetable oil is NOT a natural oil. If you squeeze a soybean, you do not get oil. The oil in soybeans(vegetable oil) has to be extracted. It is creepy and unnatural.

I have replaced all oils in my kitchen with coconut oil from Tropical Traditions and I will never go back. I think all of my meals and baked goods taste even better when I use coconut oil! When cooking things like eggs, I can smell the coconut oil when it is hot, but I do not taste it on my eggs. I love that it can replace any oil, including olive oil.

Coconut oil beauty tip - mix this with sugar to make an at home sugar scrub! It is phenomenal and my new favorite scrub. Dont pay ungodly prices for scrubs when you can make your own!

Check out the recipe section on the Tropical Traditions website and check out even more of their research!

Purchase your own Certified Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil here. Right now they have a 10% off coupon code on their website - 111010.

I want to say a huge thank you to the phenomenal people over at Tropical Traditions for this amazing product review opportunity. I am a customer for life!

Disclaimer: I received free product to review. I was not paid to write this and all opinions are my own.

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