For starters, it can be used as a replacement for butter and margarine in all your cooking and baking.
Maybe you think it is just another fat that you should avoid? This could not be further from the truth.
Coconut oil’s secret
Coconut oil is comprised mainly of healthy “medium” chain fatty acids. They go directly to the liver and do not circulate in the bloodstream as other fats do. As a result coconut fat is converted immediately into energy. This in turn speeds up the body metabolism and promotes weight loss and an increase in energy. Also, coconut oil is extremely high in “lauric” acid. The same lauric acid you will find in mothers milk.
When you replace butter and margarine with coconut oil in most of your everyday cooking, you are substituting a healthy weight loss product for fats that actually promote weight gain, elevated cholesterol, and clogged arteries.
I found that after eight weeks of introducing five tablespoons of coconut oil into my daily diet, I was able to shed an additional eight pounds from my normal competition weight. When running a marathon, having that much less weight to carry made a huge difference to my endurance.
The trick is to think of ways to incorporate coconut oil into your daily diet.
Try some of these ideas
Melt two tablespoons of coconut oil in a skillet. Cut left over potatoes into wedges and cook them in the oil over medium heat until golden brown. Salt and pepper to taste. Delicious! You can have them for breakfast with eggs or for dinner with any main course.
Here is another really great idea. Have you ever purchased that natural peanut butter that comes complete with a half inch of oil on the top? I buy it all the time. As far as I’m concerned it is the only peanut butter to buy.
The oil free variety is often combined with icing sugar to give it that smooth oil free texture. Or simply put, it is done as a convenience so consumers will not have to mix it when they get home. What it actually does, is take most of the nutritional benefit out of the peanut butter. If possible, avoid this type of peanut butter and replace it with the natural variety. The ingredients list on the container will say “peanuts,” and that’s all. Then you know you have the right one.
Give this a try when you do buy the natural peanut butter. Pour out the peanut oil sitting on top and replace it with coconut oil. Be sure it is virgin coconut oil. The virgin oil has the best coconut taste. When you mix it in you are adding a whole new taste to your peanut butter. At the same time you are mixing in healthy medium chain fatty acids. Using peanut butter and coconut oil together in this fashion will provide you with an excellent source of fat and protein.
The next time you cook pasta, drain and rinse as usual and then stir in a tablespoon of coconut oil for a completely different taste. I normally add a tablespoon of coconut oil to my protein drinks and smoothies. I add a tablespoon to my oatmeal in the morning. I use it in my salads as a companion to virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. However here is a tip to remember when you use coconut oil in a salad.
Normally when you buy coconut oil it will be solidified. It will stay that way if you put it in your refrigerator. I leave mine at room temperature. Often it will eventually liquidize depending on the air temperature. In any case, it is easily melted down for use as a liquid if you want to add it to a salad. Coconut oil liquid tends to want to solidify as soon as it hits the cold salad greens and will not spread well on its own when you toss the salad. That’s why I always combine it with virgin olive oil when using it as a salad dressing.
Those are just a few nutrition ideas for this remarkably versatile and healthy product. I’m sure there are many ways to make it a welcome addition to your particular food choices. Just experiment with it and see what works for you.
With coconut oil you are using a product that tastes great, increases energy, and promotes weight loss. It also has many other uses as well. It is used in many suntan lotions and is excellent as a massage oil. It can also be used as a moisturizer on the face.
Many Asian women use it on a regular basis in their hair. On occasion they will coat their hair with coconut oil, and sleep with it wrapped in a towel. In the morning, they will shampoo the oil out. It acts as a natural moisturizer and gives hair a brilliant luster and silky texture.
You have little to lose and much to gain by experimenting with coconut oil. It can be found in most health food stores and is also readily available on the Internet.
Give this amazing product a try and I’m sure you will soon see for yourself just how beneficial it really is for your overall health and well-being.
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