Coconut oil benefits will become obvious to anyone who has studied the health of those who live in traditional tropical cultures like the Philippines and other South Pacific islands, where coconut has been a nutritious staple in their diet for thousands of years. In the 1930's a dentist named Dr. Weston Price travelled throughout the South Pacific examining traditional diets and their effect on dental and general health. His study found that those with diets high in coconut products were healthy and trim, even though they had a high fat concentration in their diet.
In 1981, populations of two Polynesian atolls, whose chief source of caloric energy was coconut, were studied. The results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition demonstrating that both populations showed no evidence that the high saturated fat intake had a harmful effect, rather they actually exhibited positive vascular health.
Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties because it contains lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. It is naturally a saturated oil however, because it contains about 50% lauric acid it does not lead to an increase in cholesterol levels and in fact helps prevent heart problems like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and also atherosclerosis.
Coconut oil is helpful in losing weight as it is easy to digest and contains short and medium-chain fatty acids, possibly because it supports thyroid function.
The main coconut oil benefits are:
Don't Like the Taste of Coconut Oil?
You can try using coconut oil by varying your recipes. It is very well disguised in curries! Just don’t force it down. If your body doesn’t want it you may be allergic so don’t consume it.
Where to buy Coconut Oil
NATURE PACIFIC PTY LTD suppliers of Fiji grown and harvested health products. Specializing in Pure Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and other natural remedies based on thousands of years of Pacific Island tradition.
Sales support the Banaban people of Fiji and Banaba Island. They are known as the 'Forgotten People of the Pacific' because they have suffered from one of the greatest ecological and environmental disasters over the past century, and we hope through learning more about us and our endeavors to save our identity and our homeland we can move towards a brighter future.
Please Use Coconut Oil recipes instead of products containing Palm Oil
In case you haven’t heard, the unsustainable production of palm oil in Indonesia and Malaysia is having devastating consequences on environment and ecosystems where seriously endangered animals like the Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans live. They are in danger of becoming extinct in the wild during this decade. They are so closely related to humans having 97% of DNA in common with us and they are being slaughtered, poached and losing their homes at a shockingly rapid rate due to clearing of land for palm oil plantations and pulp paper production. There is always an alternative to palm oil. Read your labels and refuse palm oil. Use coconut oil instead and save our precious orangutans. http://www.orangutan.org.au/orangutan-facts
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Before you travel visit www.RIGHT-tourism.org to make sure your trip doesn’t support animal suffering.
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If you want to read up on the studies done on coconut oil and other oils, and their effects on human health go to Westonaprice.org. http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/new-look-at-coconut-oil