Honestly the phrase ‘I told you so’ doesn’t cover it! How long have and many other alleged ‘nutters’ been nuts about coconut oil, only to be told its ‘fattening’, that it’s a saturated fat and raises levels of cholesterol, and the claims about its benefits are overblown. I wrote about raw extra virgin coconut oil in my first book 11 years ago, ‘Imperfectly Natural Woman’ was a Number One Amazon best seller but I was years ahead of the zeitgeist.
I wrote that coconut oil is brilliant to eat; it’s a functional food, high in lauric acid, one of the main components of breast milk, and along with that comes anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s great to cook with because it doesn’t degrade at high temperatures, it you are frying, it produces fewer potentially health-harming compounds than vegetable oils. I waxed lyrical about coconut oil as a moisturizer, deep intensive hair conditioner (pictured), for dental health, and even potentially for weight loss, to help with memory loss and prevent heart disease.
Finally these views have been endorsed by the acclaimed Dr Michael Mosley who has also been a coconut oil fan for years. He investigated some of the claims about cholesterol levels in an experiment with researchers from the University of Cambridge. He found as he had guessed that it didn’t raise bad cholesterol levels and in fact it boosted ‘good’ cholesterol.
Check out his findings and watch the BBC 2 Programme Trust Me I’m a Doctor.
As I’m sure you know if you’ve read any of my articles, I believe you should opt for high quality coconut oil, and they DO vary, my favourite is the Raw Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil from Tiana Fair Trade Organics. They also have coconut butter for cooking, and even Coconut Goodness, fresh coconut in a jar – yum. Read my blog ‘What To Look For In Your Coconut Oil’ here>>
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