8 Facts about coconut oil

1. Healthy Fat Coconut oil contains a “healthy” form saturated fat. Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Lower Diabetes Risk Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

3. Restore Digestive Balance Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Boosts Immune System Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats which contain anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system.

5. Boosts Metabolism  Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system and keep weight off.

6. Slows Fine Lines Coconut keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

7. Cooks in High Temperatures Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature, unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

8. Stops Sugar Cravings Because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, if you cut down on sugar and replace with coconut oil you will feel less ‘ravenous’. Most of us do not realise but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

Source: Body&Soul - Michele Chevalley Hedge

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