Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Many Coconut Oil Health Benefits!

I found this article and it reminded me again how fabulous coconut oil is so I thought I would share it.

Have you heard about coconut oil yet? People are adding coconut oil to their diets and are getting incredible results. They are losing weight, getting more energy, and getting healthier. Coconut oil is safe to use, and does not turn to fat in your body. It raises the metabolism, so you burn more fat and have more energy. It does not increase your cholesterol, but actually helps lower it. Coconut oil is wonderful diet addition for just about everyone.

Coconut oil is full of healthy benefits. Next to mother’s milk, it is nature’s highest source of medium chain fatty acids (MTC’s), which raise the body’s metabolism, leading to weight loss. It has fatty acids such as lauric acid and monoglycerides, similar to mother’s breast milk.
When lauric acid is consumed in the body, whether through mother’s milk or coconut oil, it enhances the immune system to help the body fight infections, diseases, bad bacteria and yeast invasions. Lauric aid is known to be anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
Coconut oil raises the metabolism, which helps people who are trying to lose weight and people suffering from thyroid problems. Coconut stabilizes the blood sugar levels, helping with diabetes. It also protects the heart cells from damage.

Coconut oil helps relieve the symptoms of menopause, and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Many women who suffer the effects of PMS have found the symptoms lessened when coconut oil was consumed often in their diet.

Coconut oil does not raise cholesterol. Studies have shown that people who use coconut oil have lower cholesterol than those who do not, even when the people consuming coconut also eat other high cholesterol foods like eggs and meat.
Unlike refined vegetable oils, coconut oil does not become rancid easily. When oil becomes rancid it becomes toxic as it oxidizes and causes free-radical damage in the body. The unsaturated oils in cooked foods can become rancid within hours of cooking it, even in the refrigerator. Coconut oil is so stable that it can be left a room temperature for at least a year, and it will not become rancid. Some coconut oil producers say coconut oil will last at least 3 years at room temperature before becoming rancid. Since it is such a stable cooking oil, you can use coconut oil in place of other oils, margarine, butter and shortening, for all your cooking needs.

Coconut oil smells good, tastes pleasant and is so good for our bodies that some people consume it straight, by the tablespoon, and use it in place of other oils on their salads. Many people also use it as an ingredient when juicing or making smoothies.
If all this good news isn’t enough, coconut oil one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It not only gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes, but it aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin, and there is solid research that shows the MCTs in coconut oil do overcome yeast infections. Coconut oil also makes an excellent massage oil.
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By Dianne Ronnow. © 2005 Mohave Publishing. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Delicious Cookies with Coconut Oil!

1/4 lb butter
1 1/2 c flour
3/8 c coconut oil
1/2 t salt
1 c sugar
1/2 t baking powder
1 cbrown sugar
3 c oats
2 eggs
1 c coconut
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and coconut oil until creamy. Once the coconut oil mixture is smooth, add both sugars and beat. Mix in vanilla and eggs.
2. Add flour, salt and baking powder and stir to coconut oil mixture. Add oats, coconut and chocolate chips or raisins with spoon.
3. Drop into balls on cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes.

Enjoy your delicious coconut oil cookies - they are almost healthy (well almost)!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Coconut Oil - Ways to use it

I think I take it for granted that everyone knows of ways to incorporate coconut oil into daily eating. Here are some of my favorite ways to add coconut oil to food:

- mix 1 tablespoon into smoothies
- add 1 tablespoon to oatmeal
- use it as you would butter on toast
- mix it in salad dressings
- melt it in soups

I have experimented using coconut oil wherever I use oil...this does not always work as coconut oil has a sweet, fragrant flavor. When I cooked hash browns in coconut oil, they were a little sweet and they smelled like deliciously sweet. These attributes would have been great in a dessert or sweet sour sauce, but not in hash browns. I am a little bit more cautious now...I also notice that I prefer to not use coconut oil cooking as much as I enjoy it right off the shelf in foods.

I think you should experiment and test using coconut oil in different foods to see what you like!

Happy cooking!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Coconut Oil for Amazing Hair!

Have you ever tried coconut oil on your hair? Coconut oil has amazing skin and health benefits -- who knew it could be so fabulous for your hair. Here is why you should try coconut oil on your hair:

- it is a great moisturizer for your scalp that helps control dandruff
- it makes hair bright and shiny while showing off the natural luster of your hair

All you need to do is massage coconut oil in your hair and scalp for 15 minutes every week or so and then wash the coconut oil from your hair. If you want a real treat, leave the coconut oil (just a few teaspoons) in your hair overnight. You will be amazed at how shiny and healthy your hair will be!

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