The Fat on Coconut Oil | A Healthy Saturated Fat
Author Dyan Ferguson. Published on June 1, 2011 - 1:50 pm (1070 views — 734 words
For many years now we have been bombarded with people talking about how saturated fat is bad for our health. But as usually happens, given enough time, the theories are proven wrong and many are left wondering what really is the truth. After low fat, no fat, and specific fat (vegetable oils) diets have failed us and we are still getting fat and sick, where do we turn? If people would simply listen to their bodies and get back to nature and the way things were for centuries, before heart disease and cancer and many other health problems, we wouldn't be running around like lab rats being used for experiments.
The idea that saturated fats cause cancer and heart disease is ridiculous and being proven wrong every day. Some fats are definitely not good for you but they are probably not the ones you think. No it's not animal fats. They happen to be very good for you. Yes, even lowly lard. The animal fats contain many fat soluble vitamins that we need greatly and just can't get from other sources in the proper amounts.
The real demons are hydrogenated fats such as margarines and spreads and commercial vegetable oils derived mostly from corn, soy, canola, and safflower. Alas, it's true. The vegetable oils themselves wouldn't be so terrible except that when people consume them almost exclusively over other fats and oils, which is typical in America in all the fast food and processed food, it starts causing problems because the omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids contained in them are not in the proper ratio needed for good health. Most vegetable oils are very high in omega 6 and very low in omega 3 fatty acids and omega 3's are the one that most people on an American diet are deficient in. And no, fats don't make you fat. They actually curb your appetite leaving you feeling full and satisfied for a longer period of time than low fat diets. Those low fat carbs that our body converts to fat are what causes us to pack on the pounds. Fats are a subject on which we could "chew" at great length but the one particular oil that has come into focus lately is coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a highly saturated fat (gasp!) that is extremely healthy. For years we were told to avoid it. No, don't eat that whole natural food, that wonderful tasting thing! It will kill you! Here, instead let's eat this highly processed, man made, hydrogenated, adulterated wonder that even the bugs don't like. Well evidently no one told that to the people in the tropics who have consumed coconut for as long as they have lived there and with excellent results. No heart disease, no cancer or other maladies that plague us these days. Of course they didn't supersize fries daily for lunch either. They use coconut oil in abundance and enjoy good health.
Coconut oil and the whole coconut are the best source of lauric acid which is an essential fatty acid that protects us from many pathogens including viruses, parasites, and yeasts. It is superior for enhancing your immune system. As a matter of fact, many people with compromised immune systems, including those with AIDS have been advised to consume 20 to 25 grams of lauric acid daily which comes out to be about 4 tablespoons of coconut oil or 1 cup of canned whole coconut milk. 1 cup of dessicated coconut meat can also be substituted. Just be sure it's not the sweetened supermarket type.
When using coconut oil it is best to use the extra virgin variety. It has a wonderful taste and smell and it also has a very high temperature yield so it can be used freely in cooking, as well as in salad dressings for vegetables and fruit, and in a number of other ways. I usually take mine right out of the spoon. Yum! If a spoonful of oil is a little hard for you to swallow you can "chase" it with a little something or just try to incorporate in into your cooking and food as often as possible. It's also a great moisturizer! Skip the expensive chemical laden creams and give it a try. It doesn't take much though, just a drop or two. Your skin will love you and you will love it too.