Well, let’s start by getting a little bit scientific- although don’t be put off, it’s really quite simple!
You see, you’ve had it drilled into you for so long that fats are bad for you, that they make you fat. But that isn’t always true and since our body needs fats to function properly, it’s crucial that we pick the right kind. Coconut oil is made up of a special kind of fat called Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA). All fats are made up of chains and the length of the chain determines how the body breaks it down and uses it. Our body deals with the medium-chain saturated fats found in coconut oil incredibly efficiently.
Want to know more? Well, get googling! There’s a wealth of research around which shows how easily MCFAs are digested, metabolised and converted to ketones. This will help you to make an informed choice about using coconut oil.
It all sounds rather good though, doesn’t it? Well, we’re not quite done. Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid (around 48%). This incredible stuff is found in a mother’s breast milk and has a whole host of health-boosting qualities. If you had a look on google you’d see that these are converted into monolaurin, which is antiviral and antibacterial, meaning it can stop bugs and nasties in their tracks.
How Much Do I Use?
This one’s not quite so easy to answer! You see, there’s no set guideline about how much coconut oil you should use each day. However, the general rule is to add 1-3 tablespoons to your diet daily. Here at the Natural Store, we love to use coconut oil in all cooking as a replacement for processed oils or margarine’s- including raw recipes- and we even add a teaspoon to smoothies or coffee, or simply devour it straight from the spoon. It’s always worth remembering that balance is key. Even though coconut oil is slightly less calorific than other oils and butter, we’d suggest you use it in moderation as part of a healthy, natural diet that includes daily exercise.
For more tips, ideas and nutritious recipes, visit the Lucy Bee website: www.lucybee.co.uk