Coconut oil has been much maligned in the past because of its saturated fat content. But is this demonization of this delicious fat really justified? In actuality, coconut oil is a good-for-you fat with unique forms of fatty acids, and is an especially good substitute for the so called ‘vegetable oils’ that have been incorrectly touted as being ‘good for you’.
- While popular mythology has it that fat will make you fat, this is not the case with coconut oil. Coconut oil has ‘thermogenic’ properties, which means that is can actually help to burn excess fat. So, don't be afraid of the fat or calories in coconut oil.
- Coconut oil has lauric acid, which is a unique healthy component of coconut oil. In fact, the only other source of lauric acid in nature is human breast milk! If nature put this fatty acid in mother's milk to ensure the growth and development of the human species, then you know that it’s good for you.
- The saturated fat in coconut oil is in a form known as ‘medium chain triglycerides’. This vegetarian source of saturated fat has been shown to be heart healthy and good for you in a number of ways. It's also so easy to digest that even those who have had their gall bladder's removed can digest and absorb coconut oil. Don’t be afraid of the saturated fat in coconut oil, the Dangers of Saturated Fat is a myth anyway; a relic of some badly done scientific studies that are best ignored.
- One of the most important characteristics of a good cooking oil is a high ‘smoke point’, meaning the temperature at which a cooking oil begins to smoke and burn. Coconut oil's high smoke point makes it an excellent choice to prevent your food from burning. Also, oils with a low smoke point 'oxidize' and turn rancid more quickly when heat is applied. Coconut oil's higher smoke point keeps it fresher at higher temperatures and prevents you from unknowingly eating rancid oils; and eating rancid oils is possibly one of the worst health mistakes one can possibly make.
- Of course, the most important characteristic of any oil is that it tastes good, and delicious, light tasting coconut oil fits this bill. Additionally, there are many qualities and types of coconut oil that vary in flavor from having a very light coconut smell and flavor to having none at all. Whatever your taste, even if you don’t like the flavor of coconuts, there are so many varieties of coconut oil that you are sure to find one that you will love.
Despite its reputation as being bad for you, the truth is that coconut oil is a fabulous addition to your diet that not only will not harm you, but can improve your long-term health. Anyone who cares about their health would do well to substitute coconut oil for the 'vegetable oils' that have been wrongly given a seal of approval for good health, but should actually be completely avoided. Not only that, but coconut oil tastes good! What a backwards world that we live in where healthy coconut oil is considered bad for you while unhealthy vegetable oils are touted as health foods. Do the smart thing and learn to enjoy delicious and healthy coconut oil.