Dear Friends and Valued Customers,
If you've been toying with the idea of adding coconut oil (or any other natural coconut products) to your diet or culinary repertoire, today's video from Dr. Joel Baumgartner will help solidify your decision. There is quite a bit of misinformation out there about coconut oil and its health implications. I urge you to watch this short video and listen to what Dr. Baumgartner has to say about it. He lists at least eight different reasons why coconut oil is actually good for you.
Not sure how to use coconut oil or how to incorporate it into your life? Check out this helpful guide:
50 different ways to use coconut oil.
So let's talk about coconuts! I don't know if there's anybody out there who loves coconuts, but it's one of my favorite things. It's one of my favorite ingredients to cook with, I love coconut milk, I love the taste of coconut, it makes me feel like I'm in Hawaii... it's good stuff.
So the good news about coconuts is it's not just a delicious, tasty fruit, but it also has a lot of amazing benefits to it. If you look back in the history of coconuts, it goes back thousands of years. For years and years they've been using coconuts for lots of different medicinal purposes, and in the past for medicine.
So what we're finding now in more modern medicine - modern medicine I would say is anything that has research behind it - is we're finding coconut oil and coconut juices actually have some benefits to us in the modern day medicine as well, which is what I have been recommending for my patients.
Let's talk about the coconut fat for example. So coconut fat, coconut oil is basically a saturated fat. That's why back in the '80s all the movie theaters used to cook with coconut oil. And then all of a sudden they found out that 'oh! Movie theaters cook with coconut oil, it's terrible, and it's a saturated fat!' That's before we actually looked at what kind of fat it was. Yes it's a saturated fat, but as opposed to a long-chain fatty acid, it's actually a medium-chain fatty acid.
So the subtlety between a long medium and medium-chain fatty acid is a long- chain of fatty acid causes your bad cholesterol to go up, increases your risk of stroke and heart attack. The medium-chain fatty acid - which what coconut oil is and palm oil is as well - is it actually will decrease your risk of heart attack and stroke, and it also decreases your bad cholesterol, so it's actually very healthy for you.
The very amazing thing about coconut oil, and coconut juice and those types of things as well is that it also has some other properties: it's an anti- fungal, it's an anti-bacterial, and it's an anti-protozoan, so it helps with parasites and other things intestinally.
There are studies showing that it decreases your risk of heart attack and stroke. The interesting thing about it too, and I think it has to do with the medium-chain fatty acid, is it actually promotes metabolism and weight loss. So if you're cooking and you want something that's delicious, but you also want something that's going to be healthy for you and promote the weight loss, cooking in coconut oil is a great option.
And the cool thing too between coconut oil and say like an olive oil, would be that coconut oil can be cooked at a higher temperature and doesn't burn, and the substance doesn't change to a compound that could be more damaging to your system. So cooking with it's great, it's healthy for you, and it tastes delicious, so I love coconut oil.
Dr. Joel Baumgartner is a member of the Swanson Advisory Board. He is a board certified physician with a specialized fellowship in non-surgical orthopedics and sports medicine. He earned his medical degree right here in our home state at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and completed his family practice residency at the University of North Dakota. If you missed my previous posts featuring Dr. Baumgartner, you can click here to see them all.