Are you Coco-nutty for Coconut?
5 Easy Ways to sneak the Amazing Coconut into your diet!Previous to the last few months, I thought that the only great things that came from coconuts were pina coladas!....O how the times change. As my family started on our healthier- more organic- eating journey, I found that the coconut was actually responsible for many items that are now staples in my kitchen and easily found in its organic form. Just taking a quick inventory of my kitchen...I see coconut milk, coconut oil, yogurt made from coconut milk, and even some ice cream. Once thought to be a "bad fat", it is now said to relieves stress, promote increased immunity, boost metabolism and weight loss, and even to fight viruses.There is even some evidence that it may help with blood pressure, diseases, and Alzheimer's.
Coconuts are an excellent source of nutrition and have a healthy meat, juice and oil. The oil is definitely the most nutritious of the three and has many health benefits. Coconut oil is over 90% saturated fat and has antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Coconut oil is said to:
1. Lower Cholesterol-Coconut oil contains a saturated fat called lauric acid. Lauric acid is said to increase the amount of good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve your cholesterol ratio levels. (This is even according to Dr. Oz...)
2. Boost Metabolism and Weight Loss -When coconut oil's special healthy fats break down in the liver, they help to increase the efficient burning of energy and an increased metabolism. Again, the famous Dr. Oz did a study and said that women who ate 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks were able to shed some pesky abdominal fat! It is even reported that coconut oil will also help with thyroid issues and stabilizing blood sugar levels.