I have been thinking of writing a post about why we use coconut oil for a while....and now I have converted a few friends I thought I would share.
About two years ago, a friend told me about how she'd switched to coconut oil and shared with me why. Interested, I googled 'the benefits of coconut oil' (go on! do it!) And check out the list of benefits on this article...http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/
We then purchased our first jar of coconut oil.
|my favourite brand, comes in an awesome jar!|
At first hubby complained that everything tasted like.... coconut (really?!). Personally, I thought it tasted great, especially prawns cooked in coconut oil! Yum!
Well... we are now two years down the track.
We only ever cook with coconut oil, it is the only thing I use on my skin, we use it for sunburn, cuts, burns, dry skin, chapped lips, to smooth my hair. Yep, straight out of the jar.
Lately we use approximately 1 litre of coconut oil per month for our family of five (lots of trialing of Paleo recipes).
Yikes I hear you say, isn't coconut oil saturated fat?
Yes, it is. And despite what you've been told.... saturated fat is NOT the bad fat you've been led to believe. Watch this video (PLEASE) then break out the butter people and (please) throw away the margarine!
I will try to explain (in my words) why WE use coconut oil.
We only buy organic cold pressed coconut oil (a litre costs approx $30 in Australia) and the following reasons are why:
*Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid (read more about it here)
* Coconut oil has the highest smoke point of any oil (ie. it won't go toxic when you heat it to cook food)
* Coconut oil has a long shelf life (it doesn't go rancid).
* Because it is cold pressed it hasn't undergone any heating that can make other (cheaper seed oils) poisonous (eg. canola, sunflower, etc).
* Coconut oil has anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties. Our family is living proof of this. We rarely get sick.
In July last year Miss 11 had a bout of tonsillitis, earlier this year I had a head cold (coincidentally I had just started a new job and had run out of coconut oil three weeks prior!). That's over two years - five people including three primary school aged children. Incredible? Yes!
We NEVER have flu shots and we take almost nothing else (a little vitamin c, some olive leaf occasionally).. we DO eat a mostly fresh 'real' food diet (and I am a big believer in the contribution of real food to health).
This winter while everyone has dropped like flies around us with nasty, nasty flu, we have remained healthy and virus free. I swear it's the coconut oil.
My husband mentioned to me earlier this year, that our kids hardly ever get sick... he agreed, COCONUT OIL!!
Whenever I feel like I am getting a sore throat I grab a teaspoon of coconut oil and down it. Coconut oil is a lovely silky smooth texture that is not hard to swallow straight from the jar. I make a pot of fresh ginger tea, take a swig of olive leaf extract and rest. This works for me every time.
I have to be especially careful not to get sick as with two Autoimmune diseases, leaky gut and asthma I can't take oral antibiotics. Coconut oil is also very healing for the digestive system. Oh yes, this stuff is INCREDIBLE!!
We still use small amounts of olive oil, but never cooked and always cold-pressed, preferably organic. I use olive oil for salad dressing, when making hummus and bread for the rest of the family.
I probably sound like I am preaching, and jumping up and down and waving my arms about (ok, maybe I am..) but it really is incredible stuff and I want everyone to know about it.
Please read this link - it is really great....
Coconut oil - why is it so wonderful?
So I challenge you, check out the benefits of coconut oil, try it and see what you think! And if you are already converted, tell me your favourite thing about coconut oil!