2. Helps Control Weight
One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity
3. Eases Digestion
Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.
4. Manage Type 2 Diabetes
A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
5. Supports Immunity
Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system.
6. Slows Fine Lines
Coconut oil is not just for cooking - its a wonderful hydrating treat for the skin too.
7. Boosts Metabolism
Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less.
8. Cooks in High Temperatures -
Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils.
9. Stops Sugar Cravings
Instead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satisfying than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less 'ravenous'.
10. Coconut Oil Makes Delicious Desserts
Try this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 cup of almonds or walnuts (soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight)
5 organic dates soaked in hot water to soften (or raw honey to taste)
3 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
Shredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set.