Fresh coconut and coconut oil are examples of healing fats that have been around for thousands of years. In the tropics, they are used for food, healing and skin protection. Coconut oil got a bad reputation in the 1980’s, when false facts were spread around the press about the alleged dangers of tropical oils.
Saturated fats, like fresh coconut oil, are used to form every cell membrane in your body, but more importantly they are used as your body’s fuel.
Coconut oil is not a good source of Omega 3 or 6 fatty acids. It is a much shorter fatty acid with no double bonds. This smaller size and lack of double bonds makes it easy to digest (esp. for infants). These characteristics also gives coconut oil resistance to heat, making it the ideal oil for cooking. Therefore it is ideal for making chocolate, cookies or baking.
Coconut oil is rich in Vitamin E and tocotrienols which help protect your arteries from damage leading to heart disease. Fresh coconut and coconut oil have been found to lower cholesterol levels of people native to the tropics. They have been found to lower Arachidonic acid (AA) and inflammation that cause pain in the body.
Coconut oil is burned so effectively in the body, that it has been shown to help people lose weight from their stored fat when combined with a good diet.
Note: I am not talking about coconut oil that has been heated, refined, deodorized, hydrogenated or is not fresh. Light, heat and air all work to destroy the health benefits of this and any other fats.
These facts and many others can be found in the “Fats that Heal, Fats that Kill” book, written by Udo Erasmus, PhD. We have mentioned this very important reference book before, for anyone who wants to learn the truth about fats and their health.
The Price-Pottenger Health Foundation also has many books and articles available about healthy fats and esp. coconut oil. www.ppnf.org
Stay tuned to future blogs and newsletter articles on other healing fats.