I wanted to write a quick blog post on a recent product I have discovered, and> began using – coconut oil.  It is being hailed as a wonder product in the press and> on social media sites and> it seems to be a big deal in the fitness world.  After being recommended it by a dietician as preferably to use over other types of oil, I made the investment and> began using coconut oil.  However only recently have I truly embraced the product and> its many uses.

Coconut Oil is edible oil made from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts.  It was once believed to be unhealthy due to the high levels of saturated fat but more recent research has shown that the fat in coconut oil is different from most fats, and> actually has many health benefits.  I don’t want to get bogged down with the science but the difference is basically in the fat molecules.  Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, whereas most fats and> oils in our diet contain long chain fatty acids.  Medium and> Long chain fatty acids behave differently in the body. Coconut oil is predominately made up of Lauric acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid and> when digested it is converted to energy rather than stored as fat.  Our body needs fat remember so don’t always try and> avoid it, but limit your intake and> choose the right fats, including coconut oil.  Coconut Oil is actually said to have a positive effect on cholesterol and> be beneficial to the body.   The alleged benefits of coconut oil are seemingly endless; it is a natural energy booster, can help prevent heart disease and> can be a great aid to weight loss.  It can boost digestion, and> aid immunity.  It has also been said to be a great stress reliever.

In terms of buying coconut oil you need to ensure you are buying Virgin Coconut Oil, as opposed to hydrogenated coconut oil which contains trans-fat.  2 brand>s I would recommend that I have tried are Lucy Bee http://www.lucybee.co/  or The Groovy Food Company http://www.groovyfood.co.uk/ both websites list stockists so take a look.  You can buy other brand>s but as mentioned ensure it is Virgin!

There are so many uses for coconut oil; you can use it as a replacement for all processed cooking oils, including olive oil, vegetable oil and> butter.  You can fry with it, bake with it or roast with it.  One of my favourite uses is for stir fries; it gives a very subtle coconut taste which is fab! You can spread it, use as an alternative to butter or margarine on toast, add to smoothies or coffee in the morning for a fab energy boost.  There are so many uses for coconut oil and> it doesn’t stop at cooking!

Coconut Oil is also hailed as a fantastic beauty product, I can’t claim to have tried it for many beauty uses but it is a fab natural eye make-up remover.  I struggle with eye make-up and> sometimes end up with really sore eyes if I don’t take it off, so I love Coconut oil as I always have some in the cupboard and> it works really well.  You can add it to baths to moisturise the skin, or just use it as a moisturiser.  I have also used a small amount as a hair serum to smooth flyaway hair, or you can use it as a leave in hair conditioner which apparently has great results, definitely one to try!

Please don’t fear fats, keep them in your diet but ensure you are getting the right fats and> coconut oil is one way to do this.  Try adding a teaspoon a day into a balanced diet, and> see if you feel the benefits.

*Just to add I have recently seen on Twitter that Vita Coco who already sell Coconut Water are releasing an Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in the UK soon, so this may be one to try too*