Coconut Oil The “Good for you Oil”

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One of the new foods we have discovered in the past year is Coconut oil. A friend showed us how to cook stir fry with it and was amazed at the  yummy flavor. Previously had just gotten it for making the soaps, and for the great lather it produces. But after reading this book

we have been researching new healthful and yummy ways to use it!

What is Coconut oil? Well coconut oil is extracted by cold-pressing ripe coconut meat, and it contains more saturated fatty acids than any other naturally occurring edible oil. It is a used all over the world for cooking, but coconut oil is also used for many health benefits.

According to http://www.coconut-connections.com/lauric_acid.htm

“Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid.”

Some of the benefits that coconut oil:
Weight Loss
Hair Care Use
Heart Disease
Skin Care
Immunity Booster
Anti-bacterial
Teeth whitener

Some of the uses we put Coconut oil to:  under the eyes for wrinkles, is excellent addition to just about any soup!, soap making of course, smoothies, all frying ( tasty!) and oil pulling. I have heard it is excellent for your teeth and am going to make toothpaste and see how that works!  Costco ( our favourite store ) is now carrying the Nutiva Brand in 78 ounce jar for about 20.00. One of the best prices I have found for organic coconut oil!

I would encourage your family to use more of this friendly oil!

 

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