By JoAnn Bayus
One source of fat that I consume regularly is coconut oil. Not only is it an easy way to add flavor to your food, it has many health benefits as well. Just remember not to overdue it. I stick with 1-2 tablespoons a day.
Helps Regulate Blood Sugar I’m a big advocate of low-glycemic eating. Our brains and body don’t like it when our blood sugar spikes and plummets throughout the day. The results of this vicious cycle include difficulty controlling weight, hunger, feeling shaky, weakness, and difficulty concentrating. Research shows that coconut oil helps regulate blood sugar*, which is good for our overall health.
Makes a Great Lip Moisturizer Forget about the expensive (and often chemical-filled) lip potions and chapsticks. Coconut oil does wonders as a lip moisturizer. I just put a little on before I go to bed and let it do its job while I sleep.
Helps the Body Adsorb Nutrients It is well known that some vitamins and minerals need fat to be absorbed properly. Coconut oil has been shown to help improve the absorption of magnesium, calcium and other important nutrients. I always have a small amount of coconut oil (or other healthy source of fat such as avocados or nuts) with my morning and evening vitamins.
Is Great for Cooking Coconut oil is very stable at high temperatures so it makes the perfect cooking oil. Some less stable oils break down under high heat, resulting in unhealthy chemical changes we want to avoid.
Helps Optimize Weight Who wouldn’t love a fat that tastes great helps with weight control? According to a study released in 2009, women who consumed approximately 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily over the course of 12 weeks had decreased abdominal fat. Coconut oil has also been shown to boost metabolism as well.
*If you have problems with your blood sugar levels, it is best to consult your physician.
“Lipids”; Effects of Dietary Coconut Oil on the Biochemical and Anthropometric Profiles of Women Presenting Abdominal Obesity Assunção, Monica L; Ferreira, Haroldo S; dos Santos, Aldenir F; Cabral, Cyro R, Jr; Florêncio, Telma F.; Jul 2009; 44, 7; pg. 593.
“Better Nutrition”; Cook and Beautify with Coconut Oil, Helmer, J.; Mar 2007; 69, 3.