Connect with Coconut!

Many people may be scared of this saturated fat, but coconut oil, being a medium chain triglyceride, is metabolized by the body differently that other saturated fats found in meats or cheeses.  This is a good thing, because this allows it to be turned into energy much quicker and is actually considered to be useful in weight loss.  Its high content in lauric acid makes it a potent immune system supporter.  Coconut oil is also known for its anti fungal, anti viral, and anti bacterial properties and is why it is used in so many nutraceutical as well as beauty products.

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Instead of hair conditioner or lotion, it can be very effective as a hair treatment as well as body lotion.  Its really not too greasy if used minimally, but can be comedogenic for some.  Coconut oil is also a great sun protectant, which is why sunscreens often include it.  Sometimes I put the oil on my skin after getting too much sun since it has a “cooling effect”.

Note: If you do not have coconut oil in the bedroom then all I can say is that you and your partner are really missing out:)  Think about it, it smells good, is good for the body inside and out, and tastes great? You don’t need to tell me twice. 

With that said, it is easy to add coconut oil to the diet, and it is important to only purchase the “extra virgin” version.  Any other options may have destroyed its many healing components and may contain harmful trans fats.  Keep in mind it is a lower heat oil, so sautéing at a higher heat is not desirable for its delicateness.  I find myself using coconut oil in baking, particularly muffins or pancakes, substituting it for the other oil or butter called for.  Another way I enjoy incorporating it is by adding it to my rice.  Its very delicious if you also put a teaspoon of curry, turmeric, or squeeze a lemon in the mixture.  Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro for a bold, tasty, as well as colorful kick.

Below is a nice link I ran across that has a ton of great recipes with coconut oil, check it out!

http://coconutoil.com/gallery-of-coconut-recipes-and-coconut-oil-uses/

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