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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

In recent times, coconut oil has become very popular with the public who want to make healthy replacements in their food. However, there is a need to be cautious in its use, as it may not always bring benefits to our health.

This oil, which is widely used for the manufacture of industrial products such as shampoos, conditioners, creams and some foods, has been questioned about its positive effects. Therefore, there are some myths that need to be unraveled and known by the population.

COCONUT OIL BENEFITS

Some say that coconut oil is good for immunity, is beneficial for our cardiovascular health and has antibacterial action. However, the recommendation of the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (SBEN) is that coconut oil should not be used for these purposes.

When cooking, prefer other oils. Coconut oil can be harmful to your cardiovascular health as it raises bad cholesterol. Coconut oil can also bring harm when used by people with obesity, and its use is not recommended in this case.

COCONUT OIL PROPERTIES

The known properties of coconut oil, such as its possible aid in weight loss, have not yet been proven. There are several researches being done on the subject, however, so far, none of them has been accepted by health authorities as conclusive.

COCONUT OIL NUTRIENTS

Coconut oil is composed mostly of lipids such as: polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fats, and its nutrients are present in smaller amounts, namely vitamin E and iron.

Vitamin E is well known for its antioxidant power, responsible for preventing aging. However, it is not yet possible to say whether coconut oil can be used to prevent premature aging.

Iron is one of the most important nutrients for our body, as it helps to keep us strong and in good spirits. However, the amounts of iron present in coconut oil are low, so it cannot yet be confirmed that it has a significant effect on our health.

COCONUT OIL SLIMS 

According to the Brazilian Society of Food and Nutrition (SBAN), there is no proven evidence that coconut oil can help with weight loss processes. Therefore, it is important to emphasize that we must be careful with the exaggerated consumption of coconut oil and diets that treat it as something miraculous.

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT OIL

Making coconut oil is very easy. However, it requires a little calm and patience in the process, which is a long one. Here are the steps to make coconut oil:

1. With the help of a hammer, beat the coconut until you can get its water out of it. Store the water in a pot for later use;

2. Break the coconut in half;

3. Using a knife, remove the pulp from the coconut and cut it into small pieces;

4. Together with the water we removed earlier, place the coconut pulp in a blender and blend until they are crushed;

5. Strain the already beaten liquid: pour it over a cloth and wring the contents to be strained;

6. Put the liquid in a plastic bottle and store in a dry, shady place for 48 hours so that there is a natural separation of oil and water;

7. After this period, place the bottle in the refrigerator so that the coconut oil becomes hard;

8. Open the bottle and discard the water. Only coconut oil will be left;

Lastly, don’t forget to store coconut oil in a glass jar to preserve its properties for longer.

COCONUT OIL MOISTURIZES THE SKIN

Known for its high moisturizing power, coconut oil in its pure form has been much sought after for the treatment of skin and hair. However, there is controversy on the subject. Its moisturizing properties are maintained only when combined with the right ingredients. Due to this factor, it is found in many industrial products, which are carefully crafted.

As for its home use, it is necessary to be careful, as it can generate negative effects when used without the guidance of a dermatologist, for example. It can also cause an increase in acne on oily skin and damage the hair root.

HOW TO USE COCONUT OIL

We can use coconut oil as a facial or hair moisturizer and in culinary preparations, however, there is a need for caution. As it is an ingredient that is still under study, give preference to using it only when there is an indication of a professional.

WHAT IS COCONUT OIL FOR

Coconut oil is often used as an ingredient in the manufacture of industrialized products, such as shampoos, hair and face creams, food and even diesel.

In the food industry, coconut oil is carefully combined with other ingredients so that it can be used in the confectionery area. One of its main functions is to replace cocoa butter. Because it has more resistance to oxidation, it ends up being a great option in these cases.

Many believe that coconut oil can be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It is important to emphasize that this statement is nothing more than a myth propagated by the lay population on the subject. According to health authorities, there is no evidence that he has such a benefit.

As for how coconut oil can be used in our daily lives, whether in diets, or as a moisturizer for the skin and hair, it is advisable to look for a professional so that we can use it more efficiently and without harm our health.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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