1 Saturated Fat You NEED to Be EatingFiled under: Diet;by12 Comments
The last time we talked, I introduced to you the idea that saturated fats are not as bad as you think. It really has been trans-fats and the increased consumption of refined and rancid oils (like vegetable oil) that are the major culprits in this whole fat scandal that has been happening for the past 50 to 60 years.
The major point that I wanted to get across last newsletter is that saturated fats are not bad and that it has much more to do with the quality of the fat itself. But let’s take it one step further. Another great quality of saturated fats is that they are very stable, especially at higher temperatures. Unsaturated fats on the other hand are much less stable and can easily become rancid and therefore toxic to your body.
Olive Oil to the Rescue?
And while everyone wants to tout the health benefits of Olive Oil, it happens to fall right into this category. Olive Oil is great for salads and side dishes but if you are cooking with Olive Oil at high temperatures then you might want to reconsider your choice of oils.
The Best Oil for Cooking…
Hopefully now you understand that if you’re going to cook with oil, you want one that is very stable at higher temperatures. And although it isn’t an animal fat, Coconut Oil is actually a saturated fat which makes it a perfect fit for cooking.
You don’t need a lot and the taste is rather mild. But if you were to see my kitchen then you couldn’t miss my gallon jug (it’s much cheaper in bulk) of Coconut Oil that I use daily.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
The benefits of using Coconut Oil go far beyond cooking. Here is just a couple of benefits that you get…
Digestion: Coconut Oil has been shown to improve digestive function and improve digestive related problems including Leaky Gut Syndrome. This is widely because it is anti-microbial by nature and helps fight off harmful bacteria, fungus, and parasites that can contribute to your Leaky Gut.
Immunity: Hopefully you understand by now that Leaky Gut Syndrome really creates problems for your immune system. But Coconut Oil is known to strengthen your immune system by fighting off and helping you to deal with virus and bacteria causing diseases.
But Coconut Oil also has many other benefits that help with weight loss, heart disease, diabetes, liver problems, kidney problems, Osteoporosis, Dental Care, Infections, Premature Aging, and Hair and Skin Care.
Cook With This, Not That
Cook With: Saturated fats like Coconut Oil, Butter, Ghee, Tallow Not: Unsaturated fats like Olive Oil and vegetable oil.
When choosing a Coconut Oil, make sure that you get the best quality with minimal processing. Choose one that is virgin, unrefined, and cold pressed. Lately, I’ve been getting mine from Green Pasture because I know they make high quality products. And I actually buy it by the gallon!by
Karen, we have been getting our coconut oil from ” tropical traditions ” by the 5 gal. bucket for about half the price of the company you recommended. $120. for 5 gal bucket… Have you every tried this company??? If you keep your eyes open you can even get it with free shipping from time to time…
I get my coconut oil from Raw Food World they have a 100% raw coconut oil 1 gal is $59.99. It’s tastes and smells just like coconut.
I have been eating this for years, I buy it in huge tubs. I put it in smoothies, cook in it etc. I give a little to my dog every day.
Just don’t melt it and put it on salad. I did that one day, what a mistake. I get mine from Tropical Traditions, I think it is the purest and cheapest. They often have deals on shipping too.
Oh, and what is really great about this is that as you are cooking or baking, when you get some on your hands, just rub it into your hands or on your face, great outer beauty product also.
Hi, I have not used cocoanut oil for cooking only heard of it used as massage oil or copha in cooking crackles. Sounds good so I will give it a try. I had been using olive oil as I thought that was safe!
OK, this may be a very silly question but, does coconut oil actually taste like coconut? I love the taste of it but my husband doesn’t. It might be hard to cook with it if that’s the case.
Thank you for your wonderful blog posts!
Coconut came up as a mild intolerance on my blood test. Does that mean I should avoid coconut oil?
Dont’ forget organic, pasture raised, grass fed ghee. I prefer it well over coconut oil as CO usually makes me sick when I eat it. But it makes a great skin moisturizer and hair conditioner.
What is a daily amount that should be advisable ?
I recently read that ghee is excellent for cooking as well. I have yet to try it (can’t find it in stores).