Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil
We’re crazy for coconut oil! ;)
This super buzzy oil has gotten a lot of attention recently, and it deserves all the hype! Coconut oil helps with everything from keeping your skin lookin’ fresh to reducing your risk of heart disease. And bonus: it tastes fab in all your meals. Today, we’re sharing all the reasons why we keep a jar handy in our pantry — and why you should, too!
But first…what IS coconut oil?!
Most coconut oil is made from the “meat” of a coconut. This substance is high in beneficial fats called medium chain triglycerides (aka MCT). MCT is able to easily enter your blood supply and provide energy for your brain. Other longer chain triglycerides need a shuttle to bring them into your system. Coconut oil also has a higher smoke point, which makes it great for sautéing veggies.
Plus, it delivers these amazing perks:
Keeps your skin fab
If you get dry or rough skin, try reaching into your pantry instead of your bathroom cabinet. Coconut oil has been found to help mild cases of dermatitis (aka skin inflammation). Apply 1/2 tsp. coconut oil to your arms and legs. Bonus: you’ll smell like tropical paradise! ;)
It’s used as energy, not stored as fat
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride. One study found that lauric acid is preferentially used by the liver as energy instead of being immediately stored as fat. Cook your next dinner with 2 tsp. coconut oil!
Makes your ❤️ happy
Oxidized LDL (bad) cholesterol has been linked to heart disease. Turns out, your daily dose of coconut oil can help prevent this oxidation, according to a study. Stir 1 tsp. coconut oil into your morning oatmeal.
Blasts belly fat
One study observed that coconut oil can decrease fat in the midsection. Researchers gave two groups the same amount of calories over the course of 12 weeks. One group used 30mL of coconut oil, the other used 30mL of soybean oil per day. By the end of the study, the coconut oil group had a greater drop in waistline circumference. Yasssss. Try cooking your lean proteins with 2 tsp. coconut oil!
OK, I’m convinced! How do I use it?
Coconut oil is really easy to incorporate into your diet. When cooking at a higher heat, swap out your olive oil for coconut oil! It has a higher smoke point, so it’s actually better to use for high heat cooking. When whipping up baked goods, make sure to melt your coconut oil before adding it to the rest of your ingredients so it’s easier to whisk into the batter. We also like to keep a lil’ jar by our desk or in our bathroom to use as lotion. The options are limitless, so get creative, girl!
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