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  • Writer's pictureAgnes Plantalech

DISCOVERING COCONUT OIL

"A great ally for our kitchen"




Unlike what was believed a few years ago, coconut oil would not be considered a fat that is harmful to our body, but quite the opposite. Whenever we are talking about Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, where possible ecological, since it is obtained directly from the fresh coconut pulp while maintaining all its nutritional properties. It is a medium chain saturated fatty acid. Which makes it a very healthy alternative. Being a medium chain, it is the difference from other saturated fats, since fat is not a reserve of body fat, but is burned as energy immediately.


It is attributed to extra virgin coconut oil, various antiviral, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective properties.It stimulates energy metabolism and is satiating, which is why it is recommended in diets for weight loss.

It is also a good ally in reducing cognitive damage in degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Coconut oil is also widely used in the cosmetic industry as it provides great antioxidants and beneficial vitamins for various types of skin problems such as eczema, soriasis, and other skin conditions. Also very precious in aesthetics for its properties in the prevention of wrinkles and sagging.




Use


In the kitchen:


  • Coconut oil holds up very well the cooking temperatures, with its melting point at 177º, which is when the oil oxidizes and begins to be harmful. As an example, extra-virgin olive oil, another great source of essential fats, has a melting point of 160º.

  • For therapeutic effect, it is recommended to consume 30 to 40 ml daily (two tablespoons) daily depending on the treatment.

  • Thanks to the lauric acid that is contained in coconut oil and is present in breast milk, mothers, during pregnancy and lactation, can consume this product peacefully, provided that it is extra virgin and biological.

  • For cooking it can be used as hot for baking, sautéing, and pastry, as well as cold for dressing (it can be mixed with other vegetable oils), in vegetable creams to add at the end, energy shakes.

Can be used as part of baby feeding as it has many beneficial and positive properties in both internal and external application.


In cosmetics:


  • To make face and hair masks

  • To heal wounds and disinfectants.

  • For dandruff.

  • To moisturize baby's skin and prevent irritation.

  • As a soothing with a teaspoon of oil in bath water for both adults and babies.


In other posts you will find some curious and healthy cooking recipes where coconut oil plays a very special role in making the dish.


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