What’s so great about coconut oil as a food?
Coconut oil is 64% medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which burn as energy quickly rather storing in the body as fat (especially belly fat) like the long-chains. MCFAs are quite rare in foods and have massive positive implications for your health. Because the processed vegetable oil industry tried to malign the tropical oils years ago, many consumers have no idea what great nutrition they are missing out on. Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasite, and anti-fungal. It prevents heart disease, linked by recent research to lingering infections in the blood and tissues that coconut oil kills. It has been documented to inhibit carcinogenic agents that cause colon cancer and breast tumors in animals.
This is the coconut most people are familiar with, but my raw food recipes use young Thai coconut, which looks entirely different and is found at Asian stores.
How does it compare to other oils?
Coconut oil is very stable and doesn’t go rancid for 2-3 years or more, even when stored at room temperature. Refined oils are rancid already when you buy them, heated above 400 degrees and often bombarded with hydrogen atoms to make them fake foods, trans fatty acids that damage or destroy every cell they touch.
It’s the only oil that doesn’t create trans fats even when heated to high temps, as in sauteeing—so it’s perfect for cooking and even better as a raw food. (Chapter 4 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods has wonderful recipes using coconut oil.) It tastes SO good—my kids eat it plain by the spoonful. You want virgin, unprocessed oil for coconutty flavor and maximized nutrition. If it has no flavor, you’ve bought a poor product missing some of the benefits.
Mother’s breast milk is best for babies, but lauric acid is also found in virgin coconut oil, which kills viruses and bacteria.
Much has been written about EFAs in the raw diet—essential fatty acids with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that your body cannot manufacture itself and therefore must receive from food. I put a tablespoon of fresh flax oil in my green smoothie to get these compounds. Although coconut oil isn’t a significant source of EFAs, it can increase the efficiency of EFAs by as much as 100%!
Coconut oil health benefits include combating viral infections including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and AIDS; helping with gallbladder disease, osteoporosis, Crohn’s Disease, and hypoglycemia; and nourishing premature, low-birth-weight babies. Many people say coconut oil helps them control sugar cravings.
Change your health dramatically by making a very simple change today: throw out any vegetable oil (and margarine and shortening) in your pantry, never buy it again, and replace it with a raw food alternative. Discover amazing coconut oil health benefits for yourself!
Specific reports about coconut oil:
- Coconut Oil for Skin
- Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
- Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- How to Use Coconut Oil