The newest trend in health recently seems to be Coconuts – everyone is suddenly endorsing the use of coconut oil, coconut sugar and coconut flour. Why the sudden interest? Are coconuts worth our while or are they just another “health fad” ?
-Just like all other health “trends” or “fads”, I like to consider myself a skeptic until I dig a little deeper and find the information (good or bad) for myself. For the most part, all the research comes up positive, I’m really trying to find the negative side to it all but it’s a difficult task when it comes to Coconuts. Surprisingly, they really do seem to be what they’re all cracked up to be. …. (and other countries have known this for centuries)
Here are just a few uses for the oh so recently polpular COCONUT:
COCONUT PRODUCTS DEFINED:
Coconut Sugar/Nectar has a much lower glycemic index (GI of 35) and a much more positive effect on the body compared to all other sugars, It is mineral rich unlike other sweetners, containing
beneficial levels of potassium, magnesium, Zinc and Iron. As well as a great source of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, & C… and vital amino acids. *amino acids, are thought to act as a buffer during digestion and actually slow the speed at which the sugars are absorbed into the blood stream.
Low Glycemic Index of 35 (Most commercial Honeys are GI 55 and Cane Sugars are GI 68)
Coconut Flour is Gluten Free, does not trigger any inflammatory response in the body, is high in fiber and high in protein! (and can be used easily in place of any regular flour in all recipes)
*But, most importantly, we all seem to be mostly intrigued by Coconut Oil – I recently watched a Cardiovascular Surgeon give a speech on saturated fats and explained (in disturbing visual detail) what saturated fats due to the blood stream and vasculature system once absorbed through digestion – in lamens terms… everytime you eat greasy/fatty/highly saturated foods, the fat is absorbed into the blood stream causing fatty plaque to adhere to the walls of your arteries and veins which leads to narrowing of the vasculature and ultimately a complete occlusion due to severe plaque build up.
However, Coconut oil is different and should not be held guilty for the same above mentioned problems. Although it does contain saturated fat, it is naturally occurring, plant based and 50% naturally occurring lauric acid which the bodily easily converts into so many beneficial factors that has earned coconut oil it’s popular trending health benefiting title.
Coconut Oil: Offers so many benefits to our bodies! Not only does it boost our metabolism but as the body converts the lauric acid to monolaurin… it can then become anti-viral and anti-bacterial due to monolaurins effect in the body and assistance in destruction of lipid coated viruses and gram-negative bacteria. It is also primarily made up of medium-chain-triglycerides (MCT’s) which are immediately digested by the liver and converted into readily available energy and never stored as fat. (Compared to other oils that are lacking in MCTs which are only converted into fat). & Not only does it offer a handful of benefits inside of the body but there are so many available uses outside as well……
So, in Conclusion, I LOVE COCONUT OIL… Do You?
New blog post about my daily beauty routine and daily use of coconut oil to follow!
But for now, I recommend buying an organic, unrefined, cold pressed Coconut Oil for your kitchen and begin using it to cook with, bake with, and even add to your coffee instead of your usual highly processed, artificial, and chemically sweetened coffee creamers. Trust me, you’ll love it!
Here’s What My Morning Coffee (& only coffee of the day) looks like:
– Organic coffee
– 1/2 tsp of coconut sugar
– 1 tsp of coconut oil
– sprinkle of cinnamon
& it’s oh so delicious!