Monday, September 10, 2012

Coconut Oil: The best Oil?

When cooking, there are many types of oils that you can choose from.  Some are: vegetable oil, corn oil, and olive oil. People ask all the time: Which is the healthiest oil to cook with?  While that question is up to debate, I have an alternative: Coconut Oil.

"Coconut oil is one of the best oils to cook with because it won't turn into harmful trans-fats when heated at high temperatures."

Coconut oil is made from the meat of mature coconuts and contains "Medium chain fatty acids", which behaves differently from other types of fat.  These medium chain fatty acids can be absorbed directly by the cell, which means they are less likely to be stored as excess fat, which leads to weight gain.

Coconut oil also contains high levels of lauric acid, which helps strengthen the immune system.  Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medicine Research have found that a diet rich in coconut oil will help keep fat off and protect you from insulin resistance.  Even though I haven't cooked with coconut oil myself, I will be on the lookout for a bottle in the future.

Source: Heal Yourself Essentials: 101 Tried & Tested Tips & Secrets

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