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Coconut Oil

Posted Feb 23 2011 5:22pm
Happy Wednesday to everyone I cant believe we’re over halfway through the week woooo :) So today I wanted to talk a little bit about my latest obsession, coconut oil! As a dietetics major I have always been taught saturated fats = bad and assumed coconut oil was the same, but after my “healthy fat loving” boyfriend introduced me to the coconut oil it has been a staple in my kitchen and now in my life. After doing some research on the subject I have discovered so many terrific health benefits  I thought I would share with you.

Skin Care: Coconut oil is awesome when used in place of a lotion or massage oil for the skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. I love using coconut oil because it is safe to eat so you know it’s safe to put it on your skin. I have found it works great when dry brushing prior to showering then applying coconut oil all over my  body post shower, my skin has never felt smoother and I don’t have to worry that I am putting toxins into my body.

Premature Aging: Coconut oil helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its high antioxidant properties.

Heart Disease: There is a major misconception among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Weight Loss: Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight because it contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that actually  help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Digestion: Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Immunity: Coconut oil strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm,athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases as they substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: It improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals which include; calciumand magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Coconut oil is extremely useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Cooking: Coconut oil is also great to use  for cooking because it can be heated to high temperatures without going rancid, it gives a great flavor and is awesome as a canola oil substitute in baking.

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And my post today wouldn’t be complete without a coconut containing recipe so here is one of my FAVORITES.

Coconut Blueberry Buckwheat Bake

adapted from the edible perspective

Ingredients:

1/4c buckwheat flour

½ ripe mashed banana

1/3c frozen or fresh blueberries

5T almond milk

½ T maple syrup

1 ½ T chia seeds

1t cinnamon

1t vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1 flax egg [1T ground flax meal + 2.5T warm water, whisked, sit for 3-5min]

1/4t baking powder

1 T coconut butter plus more for garnish

1 T almond butter (I used Barney Butter)

1 tsp coconut oil for greasing

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Mix flax egg and set aside. Mash banana with a fork and mix in milk, vanilla and maple syrup. Mix in flour, berries, chia seeds, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Stir in flax egg. Grease a mini soup crock bowl with coconut oil and pour in 1/2 of the mixture. Spread coconut butter gently around the middle of the batter, leaving about a 1/2” gap around the edge. Pour on the rest of the batter and smooth. Bake for 35minutes, garnish with almond butter and more coconut butter and flip out onto a plate or eat straight from the bowl.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl

and wet in another

mix together and fold in blueberries.

Pour half of the batter into a small soup crock greased with coconut oil, top with 1 tbsp coconut butter and pour the rest of the batter on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until puffy and a knife comes out clean. Top with your favorite toppings

I love rich creamy Barney Butter and Artisana coconut butter. Once you are finished loading on the toppings let your bake cool a little and dive right in!

This bake is absolutely amazing and totally worth the prep work and baking time in the morning. Not to mention it is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fats which kept me full for over 4 hours!  I absolutely love this breakfast and cannot wait to make it again as well as experiment with a few new flavor combinations.

Questions:

Do you use coconut oil? YESS I LOVE IT

If so how do you use it or what do you make with it? I use it on my skin in baking and cook with it, Dutch eats it with a spoon right from the jar (gross?).

Here is a great video with some more info on coconut oil and how to use it!

*** TWO DAYS left to enter my giveaway!

I’m off to get some work done and then cheer on my CATS tonight !

Have a great evening.



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