Monday 7 September 2015

Try coconut products out for a healthy change

Viki Thondley

PACKS A PUNCH: The humble coconut is the source of a range of healthful products you can substitute into your cooking and skincare creations.

COCONUT oil was once labelled a saturated fat and bad for you.

With the revolution to 'bring back the fat' in full swing, coconut oil is a fashionable kitchen accessory.

I was given a book about coconut oil and it's many benefits a couple of years ago and was amazed at how many different products a little coconut could make!

With coconut oil, butter, sugar, flour, nectar, syrup, milk and cream to choose from, the humble little coconut can easily replace a variety of less healthful products in all your whole food and natural skincare creations.

Coconut products are easy replacements for dairy, gluten, wheat and sugar in baking, raw foods, smoothies, desserts, protein bars, pancakes and raw chocolate.

After experimenting for some time, my family use all of the products in a variety of ways.

My partner and I use it on our face and body as a nourishing moisturiser, and in homemade toothpaste for healthy teeth and gums.

According to various suppliers, including coconut oil into your daily diet has quite a few benefits:

Boosts energy levels - coconut oil is metabolized and converted by the liver directly into energy.

Healthy cooking - coconut oil is a highly stable fat that does not oxidize when heated, making it a very safe and healthy cooking oil.

Healthy weight - coconut oil increases your metabolism so you burn more kilojoules, which can lead to natural and healthy weight loss.

Supports immune function - the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil offer anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Supports digestive disorders - coconut oil possesses a gastrointestinal antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.

Antioxidant for the skin - coconut oil provides fat-soluble vitamins, minerals and super nutrition factors to damaged tissue.

Excellent moisturiser - coconut oil nourishes, moisturises and protects your hair and skin by replenishing the body's natural oils (Sebum).

Balances blood sugar - people using coconut oil have noticed their ability to go without food for longer without symptoms of hypoglycemia and with less cravings and feelings of satisfaction.

Supports healthy thyroid function - regular consumption of coconut oil restores thyroid function by assisting the hormones transport to the cells.

Oil Pulling - an ancient Ayurvedic health tradition which involves using the oil as a mouth wash and spitting it out. The fat enzymes in the oil literally pull toxins and bacteria from the body. It also whitens the teeth.

Because I host whole food and natural skincare workshops utilising many of these benefits, we started stocking the popular Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil products, but any organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil will do the same job.

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