Definitive Guide to Coconut Oil

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By: Hannah Gibson

Hailed as one of the newest super-foods, there appears to be a lot of hype surrounding this year’s health trend: Coconut Oil. While it is often highlighted for its health benefits, new research suggests that it might not be such a miracle food after all! A meta-analysis performed by the Oil and Fats Specialist Group of New Zealand noticed that coconut oil is 92% saturated fat, so it actually raises your bad cholesterol levels significantly more than unsaturated plant oils, like olive oil.

So how did coconut oil get its claim to fame? More than half of this natural fat is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, or MCT’s, which are more readily oxidized by the body. This also means that they are not stored as fat as easily as long-chain triglycerides. While less fat sounds like a great idea, a raise in bad cholesterol outweighs the benefits and can even promote the buildup of plaque in your arteries. Already stocked up? No worries! Coconut oil may not be the miracle food we thought it was, but it can still be useful for everyday tasks! Use your extra coconut oil for:

  • Natural hair and skin moisturizercoconut-1771527_640
  • Makeup remover
  • Homemade laundry soap
  • Leather conditioner
  • Softener or wood polish
  • Diluting essential oils to apply them to your skin
  • Natural bug repellent when mixed with rosemary or mint
  • Soothing bee stings or mosquito bites
  • Natural teeth whitening
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