Coconut oil was considered a villain amongst oils. But now experts and home cooks alike are coming around to the benefits of this helpful oil. A stable oil with a high smoke point, it’s great for cooking. But that’s not all. Coconut oil is also thought to have countless health benefits. The presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid are thought to have immune-boosting antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial properties, meaning coconut oil can help you fight germs and viruses.
Coconut oil can also give you energy and a mental boost. In a recent article on Babble Food, coconut oil is held up as a great brain-booster for pregnant women. The high percentage of medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are thought to give moms-to-be a healthy brain boost. The special, easily digestible fats in coconut oil are also thought to aid weight loss, boost metabolism, and improve thyroid function.
Finally, coconut oil is great for hair and skin and can help to soften damaged hair and sooth irritated skin.
Convinced? There are a lot of great ways to get some coconut oil into your diet. It’s a great base for a stir fry, and especially compliments sweet vegetables. Because of it’s fragrant smell, I especially like coconut oil with baked goods. One of my favorite ways is to use it for frying up pancakes. Try it with this tasty blueberry pancakes recipe.
You can also use it in cake recipes that call for oil. Try this olive oil cake recipe.
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