Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Coconut Oil Is One Of The Best Oils To Use In And Out Of The Kitchen

Why Coconut Oil Is One Of The Best Oils To Use In And Out Of The Kitchen

Why Coconut Oil Is One Of The Best Oils To Use In And Out Of The Kitchen

Of all the available oils out there coconut oil has now taken the mantle of the best oil for cooking and its other uses as a natural source of saturated fat. Its unique fat composition makes it highly resistant to oxidation at high heat while cooking—even more so than the healthiest vegetable oils, including olive oil. 

Not too long, however (post the 1950’s), coconut oil was hard to hard to come by in the west due to recurring studies that blamed saturated fats for raising cholesterol levels. Coconut oil that is saturated up to 90% took the fall as well.  

The U.S. government adopted new dietary guidelines soon after that, which stated that polyunsaturated fats should replace saturated fats, as saturated fats were framed as one of the primary causes for heart diseases. 

The edible oil industry jumped at this opportunity and labelled their polyunsaturated vegetable oil variants as the best alternative source for cooking.

The rise of edible oils since then has been monumental; to the point of being heavily advertised not just in commercials but also becoming the recommended choice of oil by health experts. 

The suburban housewife of the 1950’s could pick up full-fat butter and coconut oil from any local supermarket since they were readily available in the west. In eastern countries like India, have had an affiliation with the use of coconut oil for generations; especially in states like Kerala.  

It’s not fate or an affiliation to the past that has gotten people across the world into believing in the goodness of natural saturated fats, found in foods such as coconuts today, but purely evident fact based on science. 

Vegetable oils are not suitable for cooking at high temperatures, You see polyunsaturated oils (canola, corn, and soy oils), as well as mono-saturated oils, such as the revered olive oil, are not stable enough to resist a change in their chemical composition when exposed to high temperatures. 

Oxidised cholesterol is introduced into your system when you cook with Polyunsaturated oils because the oil goes rancid when exposed to heat and mixes with oxygen. An overdose of this rancidity can lead to vascular diseases. 

Even the so called ‘world’s healthiest oil’, olive oil, is not recommendable for cooking. Although olive oil is still a better choice than polyunsaturated oils as it has a fatty acid structure that is double bond in nature, which makes them inherently more resistance to heat. 

The naturally occurring saturated fatty acids in coconut oil, on the other hand, is highly resistant to oxidation at high temperatures, which is why it has slowly become the go-to oil for cooking and frying over the past few years. 

Besides most of the 90 percent of saturated fats in coconut oil are called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s).  MCT’s don’t store themselves as fat but are absorbed quickly by the liver and is used as an instant source of energy. 

Coconut oil only earned a bad rap due to studies that made their claims based on hydrogenated coconut oils, which is the extensively processed form of the oil that completely changes its properties compared to its organic virgin variant. 

Why Coconut Oil Is One Of The Best Oils To Use In And Out Of The Kitchen

Additionally, although, naturally occurring saturated fats have been demonised over the last few decades, several recent studies published in journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown a very little association between saturated fat and heart disease. 

The fact that the coconuts are so beneficial has seen the rise of coconut-based products; from the kitchen to the bathroom cabinet. So, whether it’s coconut water or its potency when used as a moisturizer or while cooking, the benefits of using coconuts are unsurpassed. 

These are the key benefits you can reap from introducing coconut oil into your life: 
Coconut oil has one of the highest smoke points among all oils, making it the ideal oil for frying or cooking. 
Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is made up of lauric acid. Studies have shown that lauric acid can kill harmful pathogens and yeast infections. 
The fatty acids in coconuts have an appetite reducing effect due to the manner in which they are metabolized in the body. 
The saturated fats in coconut oil can increase the levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in your body and lower levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Coconut has been touted for its skin moisturizing properties as well as its ability to protect against hair damage. 

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