If you want the best cornbread around, desire to fry an egg the healthy way, need to cure cracked hands or feet, condition your hair or cure a rash of any kind then you’d better have some coconut oil in your house.
Coconut oil is the MacGyver of household products. You can use it for anything. You could even fix a squeaky door with it.
I didn’t always understand the full scope of uses for coconut oil until recently.
Sure, I knew it was the healthier oil to have in your kitchen but kill fungus off toes??
Organicfacts.net says (click the link for more great info):
The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc.
If you’ve shopped for coconut oil before you have no doubt tried to save some pennies and bought LouAna. You’ve missed out on a lot of flavor if you’ve never moved on to a higher quality product.
Lou Ana coconut oil is made from hardened coconut by-products called Copra after all the “premium” coconut content has been removed for other uses (like shredded flakes). It is heated up, bleached, refined, deordorized and then processed with lye. ~internet message board
I have tried several different brands and when factoring in texture, consistency, flavor and cost I have found that Nutiva is the best brand to buy.
An excellent resource for health information is Mercola.com. Dr. Mercola can be a bit overzealous but I usually stop on over there if I want some good, hard, factual information.
I had no idea about the history of coconut oil until I read this:
During World War II, the Japanese military occupied the Philippines and other South Pacific islands, where bloody battles were being fought.
The once-plentiful supply of coconut oil was effectively cut off from the United States.
Although coconut oil had been popular both as a cooking oil and ingredient in numerous food products, the occupation continued to interrupt the supply for several long years as the war slowly dragged on.
Enter good old American ingenuity (in this case, not so good for your health).
Manufacturers began to develop alternative sources of cooking oils, and the polyunsaturated oils phase was born. By the time the war was over, there was a lot of money at stake in the promotion of these polyunsaturated vegetable oils.
By the end of the 1950’s, public opinion had turned totally against saturated fats like butter (and coconut oil). Saturated fats were blamed for raising cholesterol, and cholesterol was now viewed as the evil enemy, the culprit responsible for the steep rise in heart disease.
Butter, eggs and coconut oil were out.
The new vegetable oils were in… and erroneously touted as “heart-healthy.”
Coconut oil continued to be demonized by the vegetable oil industry throughout the ensuing decades. Adding insult to injury, the soybean industry began to condemn the use of tropical oils, particularly coconut oil.
And I’m sure you realize the reason why — competition… and millions and millions of dollars.
Perhaps you are a skeptic and you don’t believe that a simple oil could have this many health benefits. I understand. But, check out this huge list of scientific studies compiled by the Coconut Research Center, and this is just a “small sampling”.
Or maybe you are more practical and just need to try it out yourself.
I had the privilege of witnessing how quickly and effectively coconut oil works. I shared with my readers in April the sore Camden had on his bottom.
I consulted our family doc and he recommended frequent application of coconut oil for several days. Coconut oil is safe to use with cloth diapers!
After 2 days the sore was almost gone.
After 4 his skin was completely healed.
As a preventative balm I have been applying CJ’s BUTTer after most diaper changes.
I’ll admit that I was very scared of what the sore might be. Thankfully, doctors have a calm demeanor and don’t get emotional over a problem.
In the last week I have used my Nutiva Coconut Oil for boo-boos, hair glosser (works great for someone with very thick, coarse hair) and frying up the most amazing egg for a breakfast feast of Huevos Rancheros.
One last little fascinating fact I learned about coconut oil–this is amazing!!– (from the same linked mercola.com quote above)
You’ve probably heard that breast milk is jam-packed with nutrients and disease-fighting ingredients that help keep babies healthy.
Well, incredibly, coconut oil contains one of the same compounds — lauric acid — found in mother’s milk! And lauric acid is the predominant type of MCFA found in coconut oil.
Fortunately for our health, lauric acid in both breast milk and coconut oil transforms when consumed into a substance called monolaurin, the actual compound responsible for helping to strengthen the immune system.
Skeptical? So were a lot of scientists, who’ve proceeded to test the heck out of this substance.
In fact, a great volume of research has been done establishing the ability of lauric acid to enhance immunity.
What researchers found was that this medium-chain fatty acid derivative actually disrupts the lipid (or fatty) membranes of the offending organisms.
The lauric acid in coconut oil is one effortless way to help strengthen your immune system.
I always knew breastfeeding a sick child was the best medicine…now I *really* know why!
Do you have coconut oil in your house??
And one last link that I just stumbled upon because you just can’t have too much information 🙂 Discover the amazing coconut.