Next time when you walk down the grocery aisle filled with various cooking and baking oils, consider coconut oil…
Coconut oil is both versatile in and outside the kitchen. A healthy vegan butter substitute, coconut oil is solid at room temperature and is great for making desserts, icings, even soups.
Despite containing mostly saturated fats, coconut oil has many health benefits. This is because not all saturated fats are created equal. Coconut oil mainly contains saturated fat called lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid.
Lauric acid does not negatively affect the overall ratio of your cholestrol. It directly enters your liver, where it is used as energy source (like glucose), instead of being stored as fat. In addition, it is less susceptable to oxidative damages from heating (as with olive oil).
Coconut oil is believed to have many other health benefits including:
- Improve digestion
- Boost immunity
- Promote healthy metabolism
- Control blood sugar
Remember, when choosing coconut oil, buy virgin coconut oil. These have not been chemically treated. Avoid partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which has trans-fat.
Take advantage of the great benefits and flavor of coconut oil. Simply substitutie coconut oil for other oils in cooking/baking.
Experiment and bon Appetit~