The world of nutrition has come to realize that contrary to the common thought, coconut oil is not only healthy it is also necessary to our health as it contains medium chain triglycerides that are used very rapidly and not stored in the body.
Coconut has been used since Antiquity, It was used to treat many diseases (psoriasis, dandruff, chronic fatigue, hemorrhoids….. even against tooth decay)
Coconut oil does not contain protein, carbohydrates, minerals and almost no vitamins. It is pure grease with some vitamin E.
Coconut oil contains 92% saturated fat but as shown by recent research the saturated fats in coconut oil are mainly in the form of medium chained triglycerides (MCTs also called MCFAs).
The MCTs contain lauric acid around 50% (beneficial for immune function), caprylic acid (antibacterial and antimicrobial properties), capric acid (immnune boosting and antimicrobial properties).
We consume mainly long chain fatty acids that need to be broken down before being absorbed. Coconut oil is high in short and medium chain fatty acids which are easily digested and sent directly to the liver for energy production without the need for bile or pancreatic enzymes for digestion.
What coconut oil to buy?
It is best to use organic, unrefined coconut oil and cold pressed. I give you some brand names in the local infos
It is solid at room temperature. It can be kept for a long time thanks to its antioxidants.
Skin care uses:
le guide de l’huile de coco - Daniel Sincholle - editions Thierry Souccar