Over the last few years, the approach towards healthy cooking has been widely influenced by the revealed health benefits of coconut oil.
Earlier the high content of saturated fats were unnecessarily demonized as bad to health but over the years researchers have revealed that plant-based saturated fat has no relation with heart disease.
In fact, the saturated fat present in virgin coconut oil is beneficial for your health.
Contains unique fatty acids
Virgin coconut oil consists almost entirely of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which provides a quick source of energy.
This fatty acid also makes it a highly favourable food item for patients suffering from epilepsy and is on ketonic diets as the fat induces ketosis while permitting very little carbs in the diet. Moreover, it contains no trans fat and cholesterol making it highly beneficial .
Cooking at high heat
Each oil medium has its unique smoke point till which point it remains integral to its nature and usefulness.
We know that oils break down beyond their smoke point and undergo change in its molecular structure and lose its reliability. Virgin coconut oil has the highest known smoke point and is even higher than olive oil.
So cooking at higher temperatures with virgin coconut oil is preferable than any other known oil medium. It also has a nutty taste and adds a superb texture to the food making healthy look as good as tasty.
Efficient killer of pathogens
Virgin cooking oil is high in lauric acid content. The only other source of this acid is breast milk so its importance is well implied.
It helps the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminate harmful bacteria and sure fights signs of ageing. The oil contains the element called as 12 carbon lauric acid which is broken down into a compound called monolaurin in the body.
This compound along with lauric acid helps kills microbes like bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites present in the body and thus protecting you against various infections.
Excellent for those on diet
Studies have shown that by adding MCTs to your diet there is an increased feeling of fullness thus, leading you to eat fewer calories and loss of appetite.
It also has shown to enhance energy expenditure and thus promote weight loss. Cooking with virgin coconut oil leads to a higher feeling of satiety.
Body builders and athletes who added this oil to their diet as in smoothies, salads, stir fry or as toast-butter said that it adds fuel to build lean muscles with the added ability to burn energy and achieve more workout time than usual.
Gluten free and vegan
Virgin coconut oil is vegan and gluten free and is ideal for people suffering from celiac diseases. Processed without using any chemicals, virgin coconut oil helps you cook gluten free food that is ideal for the celiac patients.
You can use this oil fearlessly to bake gluten free goodies, cook vegetables, eggs and meat.
Virgin coconut oil has been long known for its beauty-boosting benefits, but its health perks are equally appealing. It is known to enhance metabolism, to check parasite attack on the body, to lowering blood pressure and helping wealth loss factors as well.
This oil is free from chemicals and has all reasons to be converted into your favourite health mantra.