Is Eating Coconut Oil Good For You?

Written by Kerry Northey - 14th May 2014

It seems that every year or so there’s a new fad food that everyone claims is the newest ‘super food’ we should all be eating at every meal. In recent years, coconut oil has stepped onto center stage as the must-have super food – but does it really deserve all the attention? Today we’re going to explore the truth about coconut oil and find out is it’s really good for you to get it in your diet.

What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is a white, light, and sweetly scented oil that’s derived from coconuts. The oil is a solid when cool and liquid when warm, and it has a very light and soft texture which is why many of its most popular applications have to do with use on the skin.

Llike coconut meat and coconut water, coconut oil is rich in a variety of nutrients – especially minerals. It also has an impressive amount of healthy fats and other essentials for proper function of body and mind.

What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil?

It seems that every day someone finds a new use or a new benefit for coconut oil so the list is literally endless. Many of the benefits of coconut oil have been clinically tested, and many health experts have tried and tested it to see just how effective it can be.

Some of the most popular uses for coconut oil include:

• An additive to smoothies to get more healthy fats, minerals, and healing properties.
• Use as a cooking oil since it has a super high smoke point and it doesn’t become toxic with regular cooking temperatures like other oils do.

• As a healthy alternative to butter and margarine.
• As a light, penetrating moisturizer for face and body.
• As a natural sunscreen.
• As a remedy for athlete’s foot, nail fungus, and other foot issues.
• As a natural source of vitamin D.
• As a natural help to lower cholesterol.
• As a healthy sweetener for coffee and tea.
• And much more!

When eating coconut oil, you get many of these benefits and more. It has a light, delicate texture with a subtle sweetness and a hint of coconut flavor. It can be used in any dish and it won’t overpower the flavors you’re cooking with. Many people even use it in savory dishes since it doesn’t taste strong enough to ruin flavors.

Many people add coconut oil to smoothies, cereals, yogurt, salads, baking recipes, and marinades to get all the health benefits it offers without any extra hassle.

As you can see, coconut oil definitely deserves the popularity it’s seen in recent years. Most of the times fad foods don’t stick around if the benefits they’re supposed to have aren’t seen by the people who use them. Coconut has stood up to the test of time and continues to amaze people with the natural energy, nutrients, and health benefits they can get from adding it to their lives.

Do you use coconut oil?  What have been your favorite benefits?

Listen to what Dr Bruce FIfe says about coconut oil.  Dr Fife is a naturopathic doctor and certified nutritionist, and is the director of the southern Colorado chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to nutritional education as well an author of several books about coconut oil.
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