Coconut oil hit the market with one of the biggest health booms to hit the nation in history. All of the sudden you were hearing about coconut oil from your mom, from your brother in law, on the radio, from the TV and more.
All this hype left us with two options. 1. We could run off into the sunset, clicking our heels with our jars of coconut oil, ready to believe everything we hear for a healthier life. 2. We could investigate coconut oil to get to the bottom of this health craze. Buckle up, because we went with option 2.
First, What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is the edible oil produced from the meat of the coconut. The meat refers to the flesh, and the oil is extracted from it.
It’s different from coconut water, which is the liquid found in immature green coconuts, and it’s different from coconut milk which is created from a mixture of coconut meat and water. Also, coconut cream is what rises to the top of coconut meat.
We were quite surprised to find out how many different liquids come from coconuts.
Nutrition and Health Claims
So, basically, the big whoop about coconut oil is the fact that it’s rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which take more calories to digest, to suggest that it burns fat. They also turn into ketone bodies in the liver as they’re broken down, and ketones are linked to good stuff with the brain like helping those affected by seizures.
Coconut oil also contains lauric acid, and when lauric acid is broken down by the body it becomes monolaurin. Monolaurin is important because it kills bacteria and infections.
A few suggested health benefits of Coconut Oil Include:
Boosts the immune system – fights infections, helps with UTI and kidney infections, helps heal cuts
Improves Energy and endurance
Boosts weight loss and helps build muscle
Helps with skin conditions like eczema, dandruff, dermatitis, and psoriasis
Prevents tooth decay and gum disease, and more.
So, what can you use Coconut Oil For?
It has a number of great uses, including cooking and baking. Use it as an all natural vegan alternative to butter or lard when baking. You can also use it for stir fries or to saute your meal. It’s also common to add a little coconut oil to performance enhancing and weight loss smoothies.
Rub it on your skin. If you have dry skin on your face, arms, elbows, feet, and more just rub some coconut oil on those areas for an all natural moisturize. Also, put it on your scalp before taking a shower to help out with dandruff. Some people even use it to make their own soap for a hydrating cleanser.
Swish it around in your mouth! The process of swishing coconut oil is known as pulling, because it pulls bacteria away from your teeth, resulting in a cleaner smile. Swish coconut oil for about 20 minutes, three times a week for the best results.
Put it on your skin again! Rub it on mosquito bites and cuts to help them heal. Also, use it on your lips when they’re dry.
Eat it! That’s right, we said eat it. Let it naturally break down in your system to help with infections like UTI, stomach issues like inflammation, and for a good weight loss snack.
Coconut Oil Negatives
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to the miracles coconut oil can supposedly provide. For example, most health claims are exactly that, claims. Not enough studies have been down with coconut oil to prove how healthy it is for us, and what exactly it can do.
It’s really high in calories, even though it’s a sugar-free, all natural alternative, watch out if you’re a calorie counter. Also, when it’s an ingredient in a snack it’s usually found in sugary snacks and candies.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, even if they’re good fats, the content is still really high. It could also raise your cholesterol level. Along with raising your good cholesterol, it could raise your bad cholesterol too.
A common side effect of coconut oil is diarrhea, which is always unpleasant, no matter what.
Plus, you could be allergic to coconut oil, so just don’t dive into it. Try dabbing a little on your skin first. If your skin doesn’t seem to get itchy, red, or irritated then you should be good to go.
Use coconut oil in moderation. It is an all-natural substitute for cooking, and it can have great results on your skin as a moisturizer. Also, many nations around the world include coconut oil as a staple in their diets and they’re extremely healthy.
However, before turning to it for your extreme health care method wait until a few more studies are done to prove or disapprove it’s health claims. Keep checking back with HealingRadiusPro as we explore more health claims, and please comment in the section below with your thoughts about coconut oil.
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.