Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and may even be able to fight the spread of cancer. There are many uses for coconut oil. It can kill a wide range of infections, and may also help your body get rid of parasites like lice and tapeworms. It can kill certain viruses, and your body can easily digest it to absorb all its nutrition. And of course it is natural and side-effect free.
There are two main types of coconut oil on the market. Either can be used for any of the purposes recommended here, but the best to choose is unrefined:
- Refined, also called “expeller pressed.” This type of coconut oil doesn’t smell or taste like coconut oil. The refining process takes out some of its nutrition, so while it is useful, it isn’t as effective as unrefined coconut oil.
- Unrefined, also called “virgin” or “extra virgin.” This type of coconut oil hasn’t going through the refining process and retains its taste and smell. In cooking, it will produce a minor coconut flavor. If you apply it externally, you will get a slight scent of coconut. It retains all its nutrition, so it is more effective than the refined oil. For the very best quality, search for non-GMO organic extra virgin coconut oil.
Here are 25 amazing uses for coconut oil.
Nutritional Uses for Coconut Oil
1. Natural Energy Booster
The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil, when partnered with chia seeds, will give you an energy boost when you need a mid-afternoon pickup, or after a strenuous workout. Chia seeds are known to boost performance, and endurance while the coconut oil aids in digestion and metabolizing of the chia seeds.
- Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 1/2 tablespoon of chia seeds, and enjoy from the spoon, or spread on sprouted grain bread.
2. Coffee Flavor Booster
Quickly emulsify one tablespoon of coconut oil into your favorite coffee or espresso for a sweet coffee creamer. Keep the oil in a small pour bottle in your office so you can easily add flavor to your afternoon brew.
3. Cooking at High Heat
Coconut oil is great for cooking at a high heat because of its high smoke point. Many other oils like olive oil can oxidize when heated but because coconut oil is made up of healthy saturated fats it remains stable under high temperatures.
4. Make Your Own Granola
Homemade anything is generally better than store-bought, but there’s something about making your granola at home that makes it particularly special and tasty. Use coconut oil to whip up an oaty, nutty mixture.
5. Make Your Own Mayo
If you enjoy mayonnaise, you can make your own using 2/3 cup coconut oil, 2/3 cup olive oil, a teaspoon of mustard, a tablespoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, and four egg yolks. It’s much healthier and tastes great.Read More