Cooking with Coconut Oil
Much like olive oil, coconut oil is a great cooking ingredient to keep in your house. Among being extremely healthy to cook with, it’s also used as a beauty product. I guess you can call it a super-oil!
Coconut oil is made by extraction from the meat of the coconut. One way of extracting the oil is by pressing it out in a process known as RBD, otherwise known as “refined, bleach, and deodorized” and I’m sure you can tell, that’s not the healthy way to get the coconut oil. Although it does provide a cheaper way to manufacture the oil so it’s more common, but it leads to hydrogenation of the oil and trans-fatty acids present in the oil, while removing the beneficial fatty acids (and yes, contrary to the name, some fatty acids are good for you).
Another, more beneficial way of extracting coconut oil is the older extraction method of physically or mechanically refining the oil. It is more beneficial because it doesn’t involve solvents or hydrogenation, although it is still refined. The beneficial fatty acids are still kept in the oil, which is a benefit if that’s what you’re looking for. It is worth noting that both methods remove the scent and flavor from the final product, so if that’s what you’re looking for then you’re out of luck!
So on to the reasons why you should be cooking with coconut oil. One of the most common reasons is that it has a high saturated fat content, which means that you can cook with it at high temperatures and leave it out for months without it going bad; it is an extremely stable oil used for cooking. The medium chain fatty acids are also a very good source of energy for the body. They can raise your metabolism, which can then lead to a healthier weight or even weight loss when combined with a healthy diet plan.
Coconut oil is very unique because it contains 40% lauric acid, a fatty acid that is commonly found in breast milk. This lauric acid is converted to monolaurin and provides the body with antimicrobial, anti-protazoal, and antibacterial benefits. Long story short, coconut oil protects the body by improving the immune system and preventing bacteria and infections.
When cooking with coconut oil, the results have also shown to improve your thyroid health and reduce the fatigue, weight gain, and the retention of water. These happen because coconut oil doesn’t oxidize in the body, but rather acts as an energy source, not requiring additional enzymes to break down, which then allows your thyroid hormones to convert T4 to T3 faster and more effectively.
If you’re looking for various ways to cook with coconut oil, there’s no need to! Just use it as you would normally use any other type of cooking oil. Just substitute vegetable or olive oil for vegetable oil and you’re cooking with coconut oil. it’s that easy!
The health benefits of cooking with coconut oil outnumber the benefits of using any other type of oil, so there’s no reason not to switch to it. I would recommend at least trying it for one meal and seeing if you notice any difference. I hope you enjoy cooking with coconut oil as much as I do!