Coconut Oil // Best Friend Or Worst Enemy?
Not long ago, some news was shared from the American Heart Association (AHA) that sent shock waves throughout the health & wellness community. Coconut Oil might not be the miracle worker everyone has been claiming it to be for the past year. All over the internet we have heard stories of every weird or common issue that coconut oil has cured, but are they myths?
Coconut Oil For Consumption
The American Heart Association is requesting that we limit our consumption of coconut oil, as it is a saturated fat. Having a high level of saturated fat in our diet can lead to heart disease, but we already knew that, so why is this big news?! For many months, replacing your cooking oils with coconut oil became a big trend!
According to the AHA ( American Heart Association) Coconut Oil is no better for you than the oils we have traditionally relied on – you know, olive oil and vegetable oil, just to name a few. Over 80% of coconut oil is saturated fat, WOW! That is on average 25% higher than the saturated fat found in butter/lard. You will definitely want to take the AHA’s recommendation and start limiting the amount of coconut oil in your diet, but not completely remove.
It’s not all bad – there is a good side to coconut oil… a great source of Lauric acid, makes this a “good fat.” Roughly 50% of coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which aids in supporting your immune system using it’s antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
Hair & Beauty Uses
Coconut Oil isn’t just for cooking, there are endless beauty possibilities and even some household uses! Limiting your consumption is one thing, but coconut oil for topical and beauty uses are still perfectly fine! Here are a few ways coconut oil can be added to your beauty routine!
- Help remove stubborn makeup
- Add shine to your hair
- Tame fly-aways
- As a body moisturizer
- Cuticle Oil
- Shaving Cream
- Massage Oil
- and more!
Packed full of antioxidants, this super fruit is great as a moisturizer to prevent pre-mature aging. Studies have shown that applying coconut oil to dry skin can help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
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Coconut Oil isn’t all bad, so don’t be scared to consume it. Everything in moderation!
Kim Shapira MS, RD