We at Katfood are cuckoo for coconut oil, even more than we are cuckoo for cocoa. We think you should be too. Here’s why!
Reasons to EAT coconut oil (yes, eat it):
- Non-Fatty, Fats (?!?!?)
Coconut oil is primarily made out of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). That doesn’t mean anything to most people, but let us explain! They are fats.
Wait for it.
These MCT fellas metabolise completely differently than their long-chain fatty cousins which we normally see in our chicken and cheese. Digested MCTs are not stored as fat in the human body! MCTs go straight to the liver where they are swiftly converted into energy.
- Fight Bad Guys
MCT lauric acids are about half of the total fatty acid content of coconut oil. Lauric acid is a badass anti-microbial, meaning it kills bad guys like viruses, bacteria and fungi.
- Heart and Mind
MCTs get synthesized into keytone bodies which have a positive effect on brain disorders, including but not limited to Epilepsy & Alzheimer’s. Coconut oil has also been shown to improve overall cholesterol by simultaneously increasing HDL (good) and lowering LDL (bad) levels. It does this by helping the body to convert cholesterol in the blood stream into a usable form, thus reducing plaque build-up in arteries. MCTs in coconut oil may also work to reduce triglycerides, improve blood coagulation, and perform antioxidant functions in the blood stream, further diminishing the risk of heart disease.
- Lose That Belleh
Daily consumption of coconut oil has been shown to help with weight loss, particularly around the midsection. Coconut oil regulates appetite, improvise digestion, makes it easier to reduce your daily calories, is a natural mood enhancer, helps you feel more motivated and energetic, reduces stress and anxiety (two of the leading causes of excessive belly fat)!
Also, keytone bodies formed by MCTs have the added benefit of reducing hunger and cravings. They help you feel full faster, avoid overeating, and snack less between meals.
Now for the good stuff (and a large helping of self-promotion)
- Forever Young Skin
Full of antioxidant vitamin E, coconut oil is a wonderful natural moisturiser that can help to
- heal damaged skin,
- reduce signs of aging,
- strengthen the epidermis against cellulite (that’s right, cellulite),
- fade stretch marks (that’s right, stretch marks),
- and eliminate keratosis pilaris (it’s the common skin condition that causes rough, red bumps on your back, arms, face, things and buttocks).
- It can even be used to prevent or heal microbial and fungal skin infections such as those that cause or exacerbate cracked heels and acne.
Coconut oil also offers natural protection from harmful UV radiation.
- Super Hair
Just as it does for skin, coconut oil can also protect hair from sun damage and dehydration. Coconut oil can shield skin and hair from harmful UV radiation and chemicals, and to seal in moisture. Coconut oil can also work to reduce or eliminate dandruff and other scalp irritations.
Now that we've co-lated the amazing benefits of coconut use, perhaps a perusal at our nutty range in the store will kick off your personal coco-party.
(We will stop saying coco now. For a bit. But we're still in love with it.)