What Are the Health Benefits of Cooking With Coconut Oil?

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It was once suggested that coconut oil is an unhealthy option for cooking. As the Thai Food and Travel website explains, these studies, conducted decades ago, only considered hydrogenated coconut oil. The truth is that coconut oil has been used in cooking for many generations around the world. Scientists are discovering that cooking with coconut oil can have many different health benefits.

Weight Loss

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Cooking with coconut oil can be helpful if you are trying to lose weight. According to www.organicfacts.net, coconut oil naturally increases your metabolism. It removes unnecessary stress on the pancreas, which helps to burn more energy and reduce weight. Coconut oil also has short -- and medium -- chain fatty acids, which can help you keep weight off. Easy to digest, you will also find that coconut oil helps keep your thyroid healthy, too.


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Cooking with coconut oil can benefit your digestive system because it contains saturated fats with anti-microbial properties, which help eliminate parasites, bacteria and other causes of indigestion. It can help prevent stomach-related problems like irritable bowel syndrome because it is easy to digest. Coconut oil is also healthy because it helps your body absorb nutrients, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Immunity System

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According to www.organicfacts.net, cooking with coconut oil is a great way to improve your immune system. The oil contains beneficial properties like anti-microbial lipids, lauric acid and capric acid. It also contains caprylic acid which has antiviral and anti-fungal benefits. Your body can use these properties, like lauric acids, and turn them into monolaurin, a substance known to help prevent viruses and bacteria that can lead to illnesses like influenza, herpes, HIV and cancer. People with diabetes will find that coconut oil can help control their blood sugar and improve the secretion of insulin. Coconut oil has also been shown to help dissolve kidney stones.

Heart Disease

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Cooking with coconut oil is also now considered to be good for your heart. The oil contains 50 percent lauric acid, which is known to help control conditions like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The saturated fat in coconut oil, unlike other vegetable oils, is not harmful and won't increase your LDL levels.