Last Modified on Apr 16, 2015
Dispelling Coconut Oil Myths, Investigating Health Benefits
Coconut oil got a bad rap based on science that only investigated the cheap stuff (hydrogenated coconut oil), but virgin coconut oil is a genuinely healthy food that can be an effective skin care treatment and overall health supplement. Cold-pressed coconut oil is full of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are quickly processed into energy, will not be stored in adipose tissue, and that may improve insulin efficiency among a host of other natural health benefits.
Selecting cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is the essential thing here, as the cheaper hydrogenated oil is indeed harmful for your health (but ignore the claims of "Extra" Virgin Coconut Oil. There is no "extra" to be had, and this is just a marketing gimmick). As for use of virgin coconut oil in cooking, it is acceptable for use at all temperatures unlike with olive oil which should only be used with low temperature cooking.
Virgin Coconut Oil Benefits
Virgin coconut oil is a cholesterol-free saturated fat that is more than 40% composed of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid well-regarded for potential potential benefits. For lauric acid and coconut oil overall, these health benefits include increased energy and metabolism, reduction in waist size, potential weight loss benefits, antibacterial effects, anti-parasitic effects, and thyroid benefits.
Do you take coconut oil? Please let us know if it has cured you of anything!
|BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1)||50%|
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[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] Been taking this for over one month so far. Unfortunately, i wasn't aware of the "side-effects" when i started, and started taking the standard 3 - 5 tbsp daily, thinking this is good for me. The nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting were not pleasant. I would become nauseous around 8 - 10 hours later, diarrhea would follow, and sometimes i'd wake in the middle of the night to vomit. It took a while to work out these symptoms were caused by the coconut oil. I kept thinking it was food poisoning. I stopped taking coconut oil temporarily, and the symptoms disappeared. Started the coconut oil again, and the symptoms returned -- just like clockwork. I found the trick is to start off with smaller doses, say 1 tsp the first week, then gradually increase. Wish i'd known this prior to starting, would've saved me nearly a month of continually feeling nauseous and ill. On the plus, it has helped with a few things -- it's diminished cravings for sweets and alcohol. And that's great! I'm hoping the longer i take this oil, the more i'll receive some of the other wonderful benefits that i've read about.
Replied by Michael
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia