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Coconut oil: The Tropics’ Best Kept Secret

Michael Donelly
By: Michael Donelly on August 2, 2012
Coconut oil: The Tropics’ Best Kept Secret

Coconut oil has been used as a natural health and beauty supplement and cooking ingredient in tropical climates for centuries. It wasn’t until the 1990s that Americans finally caught on, when scientific studies declared it an all-round super oil that was both safe to eat and with unique healing properties.


Coconut Oil Myths

- Myth 1: The saturated fat in coconut oil raises cholesterol and causes heart attacks

It’s true that coconut oil has a high saturated fat content, but recently doctors have begun to realize that what we have been told for the past few decades is complete nonsense.

In actual fact there is no good evidence that the so called “essential fatty acids” are essential at all. Dr Ray Peat, a diet guru with an almost fanatical following, even claims that they are toxic. As evidence he points out how easily they oxidize and become rancid just hours after cooking.

He also points out that the same fats which exist in very small quantities in coconut oil do not become rancid even after 1 year, and he speculates the reason for that is the saturated fat in coconut oil is protective and prevents oxidation of the polyunsaturated fats. He further states that the same protective properties will extend to the human body when coconut oil is consumed.

In other words, the saturated fats in coconut oil:

  • Prevent cancer
  • Reduce Aging
  • Reduce inflammation

In fact there is something special about the saturated fat in coconut oil. It is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA)  which are more easily digested than the better known saturated fat, long chain fatty acids, found in foods such as sausages, bacon, cream and cheese. Studies show coconut oil raises the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the blood and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) which is beneficial to heart health.

Populations that regularly eat coconut oil have significantly lower statistics of heart disease and strokes, so consider adding coconut oil to your diet to help lower cholesterol.

 - Myth2 : Coconut oil makes you fat

In the 1940s farmers attempted to fatten cattle cheaply by using coconut oil. Much to their chagrin the animals became leaner, more active and hungry.

A study following up on this news found that the more cows were fed with polyunsaturated fats (the so called “essential fatty acids”) the more obesity was observed at the end of a cow’s life.

This evidence that seed oils caused obesity was compelling but it was forgotten for decades as the seed industry relentlessly lobbied for the use of seed oils in human diets, and succeeded in gaining public support.

MCFAs in coconut oil are digested quickly and with little stress on the body, and are burned in the liver for instant energy. Because your body directly derives energy from the coconut fat,  it reduces your appetite for other foods, thereby reducing blood sugar levels. Coconut oil has therefore been shown to improve responsiveness to insulin and reduce the risk of diabetes.

Note that in cases where the user already has diabetes, the liver is already working very hard, and MCFAs will put extra strain on the liver. For users with diabetes coconut oil should be used only as part of a diet planned with a nutritional expert who understands the mechanism of coconut oil.

If you are planning to use coconut oil to lose weight you should do it as part of a calorie controlled diet.


Nature’s Finest Healer is Found in Coconut Oil

“Coconut oil is a natural remedy for skin conditions”
Now that you understand the basic mechanism of coconut oil and how it improves cardiovascular health and speeds up the metabolism, let’s move on to the secret ingredient that makes coconut oil a truly super oil…

Lauric acid

Coconut oil is around 50% lauric acid. This acid is very rarely found elsewhere in nature. The only other place you’ll find it is in human breast milk- proof that it’s nurturing, energizing, and healing.

Lauric acid is antibacterial, antifungal, and an anti-oxidant. You can and should use it on your skin, which can easily absorb the oil. Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and ringworm can be beaten with regular applications of coconut oil. It’s very safe, and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy.

Tip for dandruff and itchy scalp sufferers: massage coconut oil into the scalp, and wash out after 1 or 2 hours. Enjoy dandruff free hair.

Moisturize, Cleanse and Remove Makeup with Coconut Oil

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“Coconut oil is bursting with antioxidants and vitamin E which will leave your skin glowing”

Vitamin E is a main ingredient in all skin moisturizers. Many cosmetic companies use coconut oil in their products (along with a whole host of synthetic chemicals that actually damage skin) because of its natural vitamin E content.

Replace your expensive, synthetic chemical moisturizer with coconut oil, and enjoy its healthful benefits instead. Coconut oil also cleanses and removes makeup. The oil is easily absorbed by the skin, so gets in deep to remove dirt, grease and makeup- even waterproof mascara. Just think of the space in your bathroom cabinet you can save.

Reverse the Signs of Ageing

“Antioxidants replenish dying skin cells”

Coconut oil has an abundance of antioxidants- these are the preservatives that prevent prevent free radical molecules reacting with and damaging the body’s cells. When your skin starts to wrinkle, sag and generally age, that’s free radical damage. Coupled with smoking and alcohol, and the body starts to age even quicker. Coconut oil builds protects skin cells, which means it slows down the ageing process. Read more about coconut for skin.

Who Rates Coconut Oil?

Nicole ScherzingerI love hydrating my hair with coconut oil”
- Nicole Scherzinger -

Celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie to the Pussycat Dolls swear by coconut oil as an all-round beautifier for that natural, healthy glow. Paltrow recently revealed the secret to her dewy radiance as liberally applying coconut all over her body after stepping out of the bath.

Famous medic, Dr. Oz, recommends using coconut oil as a moisturizer and dietary supplement.

At GNet.org, we are fans of Nutria organic, cold pressed coconut oil. This product is not heated during production, meaning that the health boosting enzymes, nutrients and antioxidants aren’t lost. No water is added to it either, making it pure, clean and hygienic. Nutria is also chemical and pesticide free. It also comes in a glass jar meaning it does not contain synthetic estrogen which leech into coconut oils from plastic containers. Note also that processed coconut oil has different properties to virgin coconut oil such as higher melting point making it unsuitable for skin use.

Top 10 Reasons to use virgin organic coconut oil

  1. Replenishes dead skin cells, making you look younger
  2. 3 in 1 cleanser, makeup remover, moisturizer
  3. Vitamin E makes it great for hair and skin
  4. Adds shine and volume to long hair. Read about Coconut oil for hair here.
  5. The high Lauric acid make it a wonderful natural healing remedy for skin complaints
  6. Helps the body burn fat quicker by speeding up the metabolism
  7. Its creamy, nutty flavor delicious in soups and curries
  8. Some research has shown that it can beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer’s suffers.
  9. Effective against dandruff, itchy scalp and skin diseases.
  10. Improves heart health by lowering bad cholesterol

Important: Why GNet Only Sells Nutria

Apart from the fact Nutria is the gold standard in Coconut oil, there is a very important differentiating factor from other organic coconut oils. Nutria comes in a glass jar. Chemicals in plastic containers seep into oils and are proven to cause hormonal imbalances leading to weight gain, various diseases, infertility and cancer. The plastics problem is particularly bad for oils as they absorb much more synthetic estrogen than other foods. Do your self a favor and NEVER buy fatty food wrapped in plastic.

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