Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Are Your Cooking Oils Killing You?

Polyunsaturated oils, such as corn, soy, safflower, sunflower, and canola oil, are the worst oils for cooking.  They are very heat sensitive and break down to release free-radicals.  Free-radicals are known to increase your risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, obesity, and most degenerative diseases in general.  The solution is simple: Coconut Oil.  Coconut Oil is a saturated fat that is heat stable, but has gotten a bad rap over the years.  The benefits of coconut oil go beyond just cooking though.  Coconut oil, a nutritious food and skin conditioner, fell out of favor in the 1960s when the food industry and doctors with no nutrition education started making false claims that it contains cholesterol and should be avoided. Saturated fats do not all contain cholesterol. Saturated fats are, in fact, necessary for optimum health.
Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs are what make coconut oil special. Coconut oil is the richest source of MCTs.  MCTs are smaller than most fats so they pass into membranes without difficulty and acts like a carbohydrate in its ability to be used for energy, but doesn’t require insulin. This property makes coconut oil an excellent choice for energy for diabetics, people with hypoglycemia, and those with blood-sugar swings. MCTs are easily digested and are converted quickly by the liver into energy rather than being stored as fat. This quick energy stimulates metabolism and weight loss. In fact, the ability of MCFAs to be easily digested, stimulate the metabolism and turned into energy has been shown to enhance athletic performance also.
Benefits of Coconut Oil:
* Weight loss
* Improved athletic performance
* Reduced risk of heart disease
* Immune system support
* Reduced cancer risk
* A rapid energy source.
* Increases energy like carbohydrates, but does not cause wide fluctuations in blood sugar.
* Prevents and treats bacterial, viral and yeast infections
* Easily digested and assimilated by those with digestive problems
* Protects skin from UV light damage and wrinkles.

Coconut Oil is also a highly effective detoxifier.  It contains lauric acid, a saturated fatty acid with antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and COX-1-2 inhibitors that has anti-microbial properties.  Coconut Oil is used both internally and externally to fight viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, and parasites. Use coconut oil on skin to fight sun damage and wrinkles.  Contact me for information on how to cleanse and detoxify with Coconut Oil or how to use in cooking and body products.
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