Coconut oil may or may not be an oil you’ve heard of but with its many health benefits you may reconsider using it.
Coconut oil is a superior oil to use for cooking for several reasons. According to Healthyeating.sfgate.com, “polyunsaturated fats are the most fragile and are not recommended for cooking. Coconut oil, being mainly a saturated fat, is able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils, making it one of the best oils for cooking.”
According to Huffingtonpost.com, “recently, a study conducted on mouse cells published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease got some attention when it found that treatment with coconut oil helped protect cortical neurons in a lab setting.” Many believe coconut oil can also make you feel more full after a meal which could make it good to use for dieting as well.
Even though coconut oil has a lot of saturated fat, it’s not bad for you like saturated fat found in animal fat. It’s also no where nearly as bad as trans fats found in margarine and other processed foods. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides which are fatty acids that have a medium length. Other less desirable saturated fats have long chain fatty acids, however the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized in a different way which is healthier.
There’s strong evidence showing that coconut oil is healthy for humans in other ways as well. Many experts believe coconut oil can help people who have seizures, lower the risk of heart disease, protect hair against damage, moisturize and protect skin from the sun, kill off bacteria and infections, help keep your teeth stay healthy and may more uses.