Day 5 – Coconut oil
Coconut oil is a unique fat. It is a saturated fat, which many equate with being bad for health when in fact it is not. Saturated fats play an important role in the diet and should be consumed in moderation. One special attribute about coconut oil is that it is a rare dietary source of medium chain triglyceride (MCT), one that is easily absorbed by the body and used for energy. Research is building to support the use of MCT’s from coconut oil for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as they have been identified as a preferred fuel for the brain as we age. In addition to the benefits of improved cognitive function, coconut oil has a high smoke point and is a great choice for cooking, asit will not denature under high heat.
Coconut oil is also used topically in a multitude of ways — as a body moisturizer, cuticle cream, mixed with course sugar for a body scrub, or applied to baby’s bottom to prevent diaper rash. It’s a healthy alternative to chemical-laden skincare products which typically use petroleum as a key ingredient.
Choosing a high quality coconut oil is imperative. When shopping, choose:
- Virgin vs. refined
- Cold pressed or direct micro expelled vs. expeller pressed
- Organic vs. conventional
- Glass jar vs. plastic jar
Today’s challenge: Incorporate high quality coconut oil into your eating and skincare routine by replacing an unhealthy fat with a serving of coconut oil and/or using coconut oil to replace a petroleum based product like Vaseline or Aquaphor.
Try these Coconut Waffles with Mango for breakfast this morning!