While on the subject of oil I want to talk about coconut oil. The benefits of cooking with and ingesting coconut oil are fairly well known, let's run through a few: It's high smoking point, MCT and lauric acid content are some of the reasons this oil is a winner.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are fatty acids that are metabolised differently, and in the bodies favour, to long chain fatty acids. MCTs make their way straight to the liver from the digestive tract forming ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are three water-soluble molecules produced by the liver from fatty acids. Of the three, two make their way to the heart and brain where they are used as a source of energy. These molecules are a vital source of energy for the brain during high intensity exercise. They may also offer therapeutical value for alzheimers and epilepsy.
Lauric acid is responsible for 50% of the fat in coconut oil; the body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that destroys lipid-coated viruses such as the measles and influenza. Lipid is sometimes loosely used in replacement of 'fat' but lipids also include other molecules such as monoglycerides, diglycerides and triglycerides (fat is a sub group of triglycerides), to name a few.
Coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial for supporting immune system and thyroid function; healthy brain function and heart health, and reduce fat in the abdominal cavity through its ability to aid the body in burning fat. MCTs are not stored as fat but used to generate energy, speeding up your metabolism.
I also use coconut oil as my daily body moisturiser. Coconut when applied to the skin acts as a natural exfoliant by removing dead cells from the epidermis, and assists in keeping your connective tissue's elasticity and strength. Both resulting in softer skin to the touch.
There are so many more great benefits and uses for coconut oil, but that's enough for now. Does anyone use coconut oil? How do you use it?