Coconut Oil: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Cooking With Coconut Oil
When it comes to cooking oils, you have many to choose from. Most of the time, people cook their food with olive oil, which is already a good choice. Personally, I used olive oil for as long as I can remember, until I found out about coconut oil. After some research, I learned that the benefits of coconut oil far outweigh those of olive oil; and don’t worry, your food will not taste like coconut. In this article, I’ll give you 5 reasons why you should be cooking your food with coconut oil!
1. Coconut Oil contains a lot of faTty acids
Coconut oil is very different than any other cooking oils, because of it’s unique composition of fatty acids. About 80 to 90% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are saturated. This results into coconut oil being very resistant to oxidation at high temperatures.
2. Coconut Oil is rich with lauric acid
Coconut oil contains several fatty acids, one of them being lauric acid. Our body breaks lauric acid down into the compound monolaurin. Our body then uses monolaurin to kill several dangerous microbes like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
3. Weigt loss
Consuming coconut oil could help improve your weight loss efforts. It is a natural mood enhancer, which can help make you feel more motivated and energetic at the same time. It can also promote the production of hormones which reduce your stress and anxiety, which for many people is a key factor for why they have trouble losing weight. Keep in mind though, coconut oil is still a fat, which means it is high in calories, so be aware of this and use in moderation.
4. Reduce the risk of heart disease
According to research, coconut oil has been shown to improve the overall cholesterol levels in your body and by increasing HDL and decreasing LDL levels. Coconut oil does this by converting the cholesterol in our blood stream into a form it can use, thus giving us a better ratio of healthy cholesterol.
5. Better Micronutrient absorption, completely tasteless
When you consume coconut oil, it will help you to absorb vitamins like Vitamin A, D, K, and E. One question I get asked a lot is if it will change the taste of the foods you cook with it. Simply, the answer is no; cooking with coconut oil doesn’t change the taste at all. However, it can smell a lot like coconut while you are cooking, so don’t let this throw you off; the taste of all your food will still be the same!