Coconut Oil and ALOT of Important Information on Fat (you will be suprised at what you don’t know)

I’m sure a lot of you  have heard about the latest coconut oil craze. While I am not positive if it will whiten your teeth, or cure any ailments I am going to try to do it for a month and see the results. (Pictures to come later)!

What I can tell you for sure is every time I get out of the shower I lather it all over my body as a lotion. Just give it about 10-20 minutes to settle in and you are ready to go! It always makes me feel silky smooth and really has helped with the scabs on my arms (I pick my body, to be discussed at a later date…nothing too bad just leaves some scabs and redness in areas…blegh).

It also helps your thighs to move more smoothly together. You know what I mean girls, when your upper thighs stick together in skirts and shorts sometimes when you are moving around!

So annoying!


Coconut oil is also a healthy fat (IN MODERATION). But as many of the articles say, there are other even healthier fats out there.

Here is a few sites you may find helpful, and also where I found my gigantic vat of it from Sam’s Club! (that thing has lasted me for months!)


Where I buy my huge tub from:

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/organic-coconut-oil-extra-virgin-54-oz/prod10940073.ip


WebMD:

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/coconut-oil-and-health

Here they actually talk about consumption

  • “Coconut oil is better than butter and trans fats but not as good as liquid vegetable oils,” says Penn State University cardiovascular nutrition researcher Penny Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD.
  • Mozaffarian agrees that coconut oil is better than partially hydrogenated trans fats and possibly animal fats.
  • “But even though coconut oil is cholesterol-free, it is still a saturated fat that needs to be limited in the diet and if you are looking for real health benefits, switch from saturated fats to unsaturated fats by using vegetable oils like soybean, canola, corn, or olive oil,” says Kris-Etherton, a member of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines advisory committee and Institute of Medicine’s panel on dietary reference intakes for macronutrients (which include fats).

 

Center for Disease Control:

http://www.cdc.gov/

http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/pdf/postcurriculum_session2.pdf

  • “Fats to Avoid: Saturated and Trans Fat
    • Saturated Fats are mainly found in foods that come from animals (such as meat and dairy), but they can also be found in most fried foods and some prepackaged foods. Saturated fats are unhealthy because they increase LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels in your body and increase your risk for heart disease. Many saturated fats are “solid” fats that you can see, such as the fat in meat.
      • Other sources of saturated fats include:
      • High-fat cheeses
      • High-fat cuts of meat
      • Whole-fat milk and cream
      • Butter
      • Ice cream and ice cream products
      • Palm and coconut oils

 

The Cleveland Clinic Health Information Center:

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/default.aspx

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/healthy_living/cholesterol/hic_cholesterol.aspx

  • “When eating fats, select unsaturated fats. (Unsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature vegetable oils, for example. Avoid tropical oils, such as palm and coconut oil and any fat that is solid at room temperature.)”

Family Doctor.org:

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en.html

http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/prevention-wellness/food-nutrition/nutrients/dietary-fats-whats-good-and-whats-bad.html

(Basically just copied and pasted the whole thing because it was extremely good information. If you have any specific questions about fats etc. I am a Biology major and I did take Anatomy so I would do whatever it takes to find the answer!)

·         Why do I need fat in my diet?

    • Your body uses fat for energy. It also uses fat to build nerve tissue and hormones and to control inflammation. Fat also helps your body absorb vitamins A, D, E and K from the foods you eat.
    • But consuming too much fat can contribute to obesity. Fat calories turn into body fat more easily than carbohydrates or proteins. Fat in your diet can confuse your appetite, so you can’t tell when you are full. Some fats also raise your total cholesterol and blood pressure, and may increase your risk of some cancers, heart disease and diabetes.

·         How much is too much?

    • Fat contains 9 calories per gram – more than twice the calories of carbohydrates and protein, which have 4 calories per gram. Everyone has different calorie needs. Your doctor can help you figure out how many calories you need and how many of these can come from fat.
    • If you are overweight, the American Heart Association recommends that you get less than 30% of your total calories from fat. So, if your body needs 2,000 calories a day, you can have up to 65 grams of fat each day.

·         What are the “bad” fats?

    • Limit or avoid these fats:
      • Saturated fat is usually found in animal products, such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products such as cheese, cream and whole or 2% milk. Palm, coconut and other tropical oils, as well as cocoa butter, also contain saturated fat. Many snack foods, such as desserts, chips and French fries, are high in saturated fat. A diet high in saturated fats can increase your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels and can put you at risk for heart disease.
      • Trans fats are a type of hydrogenated man-made fat usually found in processed foods, such as cookies, cakes, doughnuts, crackers, snacks and frozen foods, and in fried food, such as French fries and onion rings. Trans fat is especially bad for you. It lowers your HDL (“good”) cholesterol while raising your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. All food manufacturers are now required to list trans fat on nutrition labels. However, foods can have up to .5 grams of trans fat per serving and still be labeled trans-fat free. To avoid them completely, check the ingredients list and avoid partially hydrogenated oils.
  • The American Heart Association recommends that you get less than 7% of your total calories from saturated fats and less than 1% from trans fats. So, if your body needs 2,000 calories a day, you should eat less than 15 grams of saturated fat and less than 2 grams of trans fat.

·         The good fats

    • Monounsaturated fats are found in canola, olive, avocado, and peanut and other nut oils, as well as in legumes (dried beans and peas), olives, seeds, nuts, nut butters and fresh avocados.
    • Polyunsaturated fats are found in vegetable oils like corn, sunflower and safflower oil, as well as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, corn, soybeans, and many other kinds of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids are usually found in seafood, such as salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel. They can also be found in flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and walnuts.
  • Studies have shown that these fats, if used in place of saturated fat, can help you lower your total cholesterol level. Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial—studies have shown that they can also decrease your risk of inflammation or heart attack if you are at risk for heart disease.

·         Tips for a healthy diet

    • You don’t have to cut all fat out of your diet, but you should limit the amount of fat you eat. Try to eat foods made with unsaturated fat and avoid foods that are high in saturated and trans fats. Other things you can do include:
    • Avoid fast food. It almost always contains trans fat.
    • Limit the amount of red meat you eat. Instead, try to eat baked or broiled fish, poultry and vegetable proteins.
    • Use canola oil when you are baking.
    • Use olive oil when you are cooking, for salad dressings and as a spread on bread.
    • Make healthier snack choices. For example, snack on a small handful of unsalted peanuts or edamame (soy beans) instead of potato chips.
    • Try a slice of avocado on your sandwich or in your salad, or add nuts or garbanzo beans to a salad.
    • Use liquid or soft tub margarine instead of butter. Look for margarine that has low saturated fat and no trans fat.

 

I think that is enough about coconut oil.

So basically if you have a choice do not ingest it or cook with it.

However for using as a moisturizer I would personally highly recommend it. Here are a few more websites supporting my results.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/coconut-oil-benefits_n_1625631.html
    • “Why coconut oil is better than the average face moisturizer. And hair serum. And body lotion: “Commercial moisturizers contain lots of water, which makes you feel like your skin is being moisturized. But as soon as the water dries, your skin becomes dry again. Also, many commercial brands of moisturizers contain petroleum-based ingredients that can suffocate the skin. In contrast, coconut oil provides deep and real moisture. It helps strengthen underlying tissues and helps remove excessive dead cell on the skin’s surface that makes your skin rough and flaky in texture. It also great for shine and as a natural moisturizer for your hair.”
      • While I agree with the hair part. Just be very careful because I don’t have oily hair. But when I use my coconut oil on it, it definitely feels somewhat gross and doesn’t style as well when I work it through all of my hair. So maybe just stick to the top taking care of those hairs that tend to stick out.
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1092-coconut+oil.aspx?activeingredientid=1092&activeingredientname=coconut+oil
    • “Coconut oil is sometimes applied to the skin as a moisturizer and to treat a skin condition called psoriasis.”
  • Also for me I have found that coconut oil takes my mascara off really well. It is so much cheaper than buying that icky oily liquid or makeup remover pads. Just rub a little into your eyes and wipe off!

 

As always let me know what you think! And I am always willing to help research, explain, or just be there to listen/emotional support!

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