7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

By Alan Jarrett

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Virgin Coconut Oil

It is a common misconception that Virgin Coconut Oil and it’s saturated fat is bad for you. Yet people all over the world are experiencing the healthy benefits of using Virgin Coconut Oil. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Here are the top 7 reasons why you should use virgin coconut oil as an alternative to other common vegetable oils.

1. Virgin Coconut Oil doesn’t turn to fat in your body

Ok, now this is huge! Many other common oils, like soy and corn (vegetable), coconut oil won’t make you fat. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain

long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCT’s are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed in your liver and converted to energy quicker.

People in the tropics have relied on coconuts as a traditional staple in their diet for centuries. They consume large amounts of coconut oil every day. Instead of getting fatter, it helps them stay healthy, lean and trim. Get that? Healthy, lean, and trim!

When they switch from coconut oil to a western diet with modern hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils, they develop the same obesity and the health problems that the modern western society faces.

Some other people who have known this truth for a long time are people who are in the animal feed business. When livestock are fed vegetable oils, they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. Worse yet, since vegetable oils from soy and corn are not natural for ruminating animals, antibiotics and other chemicals must be administered to keep them alive. By contrast, when they are fed coconut oil, they become very lean, not to mention healthy.

The real message here is Virgin Coconut Oil does NOT turn to fat in your body. What is the take-away message? Along with other saturated fats, eat and consume as much as you want.

2. Virgin Coconut Oil increases your metabolism

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker in your body, it increases your metabolism which promotes weight loss. Because it boosts your metabolism, it helps your body burn fat more effectively. This is confirmed by a study listed in the National Institute of Health website.

Virgin Coconut Oil may triple your calorie burn. Now granted it may not triple it for everyone. Ramping up your metabolism even a little only means good things for you. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it gets converted to energy so fast you can usually feel the heat. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCT’s burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than LCT’s.

Additional confirmation was noted in The Journal of Nutrition; “Therefore, greater EE (energy expenditure) and lower food intake with MCT compared with LCT suggest that replacing dietary LCT with MCT could facilitate weight maintenance in humans. “

The February 15, 2005 issue of Woman’s World magazine stated that Virgin Coconut Oil is the “underground high-metabolism secret.”

It went on to say this is great news for people who have thyroid problems, since Virgin Coconut Oil improves sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common vegetable oils including soy and corn, have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Virgin Coconut Oil has omega 3 fatty acids

Most cooking oils contain omega 6 fatty acids, something you get way too much of in the United States. Your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio should be 1:1 but it is more like 25:1. You need to drastically cut back your omega 6 oils and consume much more omega 3 oils to be healthy. And coconut oil is filled with these healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Other sources of the Omega 3 fatty acids are wild caught fish, walnuts, egg yolks, most nuts and seeds. Green leafy veggies are another great source of Omega 3. What has to be taken into consideration is roughly 20% of Omega 3 is converted in the body from veggies compared to wild caught fish.

4. Virgin Coconut Oil gives you energy

Because of the healthy Omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that it increases the metabolism, most people that switch to Virgin Coconut Oil can feel a mild burst of added energy after it gets in the bloodstream.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which increase metabolic rates and lead studies have shown it leads to weight loss. MCT’s promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

Many people suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have also found that just adding coconut and Virgin Coconut Oil to their diet made a significant difference with those issues.

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair is Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to problems like dry skin or rashes. You will notice a difference in healing as it can restore skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with those who suffer from yeast infections, and many other ugly skin problems.

Not only does is soften and smooth your skin, Virgin Coconut Oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes excellent massage oil too.

6. Virgin Coconut Oil has healthy benefits that most other oils do not

Virgin Coconut Oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects both when consumed and used topically on the skin. Most oils oxidize and turn rancid very quickly causing the free radical damage in your body instead of being an antioxidant.

Virgin Coconut Oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in your body from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.

Coconut oil also helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E. As a natural pain reliever for inflammation, arthritis, and aids in the discomfort from fibromyalgia, there is no equal.

7. Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking

It has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means it can take higher temperatures better. There are several healthy omega 3 oils you can choose to consume, such as flax and olive oil, but they don’t do well under the high heat you use for cooking. Coconut oil can be used in higher cooking temperatures up to 350ºF.

It’s harder for coconut oil to go rancid, unlike other cooking oils, which are usually rancid long before you even bring them home. The problem is you have no way of determining if they are rancid or not. However the processing, especially that of hydrogenation, is nearly guaranteed to cause the oils to go rancid.

The problem is there’s no magic tag that pops up saying “RANCID!” The aroma or taste would not necessarily give it away. Even an bad egg gives off an aroma once the shell is broken. Rancid vegetable oil isn’t always quite as obvious. Many times it’s possible aromas of the food being prepared with the oil overpowers any rancidity.

Rancid oils cause free radical damage in the body, which is a leading cause of cancer among other health issues. Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature. Studies have never shown or proven conclusively any adverse effects from virgin coconut oil usage.

Because of the misinformation you have been given for years, you have lost out on the healthy benefits that coconut oil has given the people of the tropics for centuries. But now it has been rediscovered! Coconut oil is so effective, it won’t be long before you see coconut oil supplements promoted, but you can get the jump on the popular crowd and start consuming and cooking with coconut oil today!

In review Virgin Coconut Oil:

1. Doesn’t turn to fat in your body

2. Increases your metabolism

3. Has omega 3 fatty acids

4. Gives you energy

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair

6. Has medium chain triglycerides that other vegetable oils do not

7. Is one of the best oils you can use for cooking

Choose one or all, these 7 reasons why you should be using virgin coconut oil can make a difference in your health, your weight, most of all your life. If it can’t hurt you, what do you have to lose? Got it? If not, go get some today!

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About the Author

Alan is retired and resides in South America. Writing is a passion which has resulted in two eBooks thus far, with more in the works. Married 47 years with 13 grandchildren, provides potential grist for the mill!

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