The Benefits of Coconut Oil!

What does coconut oil do?Not too long ago we didn’t understand the true health benefits of coconut oil and even believed it to be an unhealthy alternative to other oils. Yet many health professionals claim that coconut oil is unlike other oils and in fact contributes to keeping our bodies healthy in many ways. Possibly one of coconut oils most enticing benefits is that it can actually aid weight loss. It contains a high proportion of medium chain fatty acids and when we consume coconut oil, our bodies find it difficult to convert it to stored fat; making it easier to burn off. Free radicals occur naturally in the body and have the potential to cause harm to other cells which could then potentially lead to them becoming cancerous. Coconut oil contains potential antioxidant properties due to plant nutrients called phenolic compounds, meaning that including coconut oil in your everyday diet, could potentially prevent cancerous cells from forming.How can you incorporate coconut oil into your diet to aid weight loss?Coconut is widely available across supermarkets and health food stores. 500g costs approximately £5 and will usually last for several weeks, depending on what you use it for. It keeps well at room temperature and whilst lard like in appearance, it turns to liquid when heated and solidifies again when cooled.CookingYou can use coconut oil for cooking instead of using other oils such as olive or sunflower oil. Coconut oil gives cooked food a light coconut flavour which is very pleasant and if you don’t appreciate it initially, it doesn’t take long until you barely notice the flavour.BakingCoconut oil is ideal as a substitute for butter, margarine or sunflower oil in baking. As coconut oil doesn’t convert to fat in the same way as other oils and fats, it is considered to be a much healthier alternative in baking and if you use honey, stevia or dried fruit to sweeten baking, it is possible to enjoy baked goods as part of a low-calorie diet.HungerBecause of the way fatty acids are metabolized, coconut oil can reduce your hunger and over a period of time can significantly affect body weight.Coconut oil is quickly becoming a staple ingredient in many kitchens across the country and around the world and when taken regularly and used within a low-calorie diet, it is now believed that coconut will bring significant health benefits as well as aid weight loss.

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