Coconut oil is the new magical cure for just about everything – so I decided to investigate some of the wild claims floating out there. As per usual with any new cure-it-all food, scientific evidence is lacking, but there are plenty of people that swear by using coconut oil as a cure for all sorts of ailments.
Bear in mind that coconut oil is still a saturated fat and even while it is cholesterol-free, intake should not be excessive to ensure a healthy heart.
The great thing about pure coconut oil is that it does not contain any hydrogenation. The health benefits are said to come from the unusual blend of fatty acids.
So what are some of these coconut health benefits we keep hearing about? Well, coconut oil has a very high amount of triglycerides. This makes it harder for our bodies to convert into stored fat and easier to burn off. Hence all the talk about using coconut oil as a weight loss product – which apparently has been reflected in scientific studies. We can’t argue with that, but you still need to use your common sense – nothing is a magical weight loss supplement. You still have to eat healthier and exercise to really shed pounds in a healthy and long-term way.
Proponents term coconut oil as a superfood with powerful medicinal properties and weight loss effects. After doing my research, it definitely seems to have plenty of health benefits, but you still need to limit the intake due to it being a saturated fat. The American Heart Association actually recommends limiting intake of saturated fats – but some of the newer research would suggest it’s a great addition to your diet.
If you are going to use it, I would recommend going only for high quality virgin coconut oil and use it moderation. We personally use it for cooking. A great recipe I’ve been eating for years now is my vegetarian that green curry recipe. Super tasty!