Once ostracized by the conventional medical community for its saturated fat content, the fat contained in coconut is finally getting the bill of good health it deserves.
The meat, juice, and oil of coconuts all have amazing nutritional properties. Coconut oil and coconut shreds have an incredible amount of health benefits. They are both made up of 90% saturated fat and have antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
Coconut oil also helps with the absorption of minerals and has many antioxidant properties.
Coconut oil and shreds are an excellent source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which have been proven to have many health benefits.
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Most of the other fats people consume are long chain fatty acids that must be broken down before they can be absorbed by pancreatic enzymes and bile. Coconut oil is high in short and medium chain fatty acids, which are easily digested and sent straight to the liver for energy production.
Because MCTs are funneled right to the liver for digestion, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion, making coconut oil a healthy food even for those with diabetes or those who have gallbladder problems. They are also wonderful for people who have damaged gut lining and have a hard time breaking down other fats, or people who have been vegetarian for a long amount of time and have issues breaking down animal fats.
MCTs can help increase metabolism since they are sent directly to the liver and give the body an instant source of energy. Most of the MCTs in coconut oil are the highly beneficial Lauric Acid.
Lauric acid is found in abundance in human breast milk and converts to a substance called monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin has been shown to be useful in increasing immunity and fighting viruses and disease.
Lauric acid in coconut oil in combination with oregano oil, has even been found more effective in fighting the staph bacteria than antibiotics. Lauric acid has also been shown to be preventative against some cancers.
Coconut Oil is over 40% lauric acid, the richest source naturally available.
Benefits of Cooking with Coconut Oil
Cooking with coconut oil is also a powerful healthful alternative to cooking with other plant-based oils as it has a very high smoke point and will not go rancid easily. Most other plant-based oils (safflower, canola, corn oil, soybean oil, ect), with the exception of avocado oil, coconut oil, and some olive oil, go rancid very easily because of their molecular structure, their sensitivity to heat and light, and the process by which they are extracted.
Rancidity causes the molecular structure of oils to change. Our bodies cannot recognize these altered molecular structures and will try to fit warped molecules of oils into our cells and structures causing inflammation, storage of fat in unwanted places, building of a toxic burden, and general physiological breakdown.
Cooking with coconut oil allows us to combat this issue we come up against with other plant-based oils and make sure that we are eating fat our bodies recognize and is good for us.