Saturated Fat..... Healthy?

Did you know there are healthy saturated fats? Do you have dry skin, athletes foot or trying to lose weight? This product should be in your pantry!

Coconut oil is the edible plant oil extracted from meat of a matured coconut fruit.  You may have a jar in your pantry, sitting there, alone, scared.  It looks like lard, how can it be good for you?  Honestly, the container in my pantry has been there – used maybe once and then I forget about it.  It should be a staple – the options are almost endless from ingestion straight (up to 4 tbs/day depending on weight), used in cooking, topical applications, etc.    


It has been shown to beneficial with everything from eczema and athletes foot to depression and adrenal fatigue.  Good for heart health and thyroid health – can help metabolism and even regulate weight!


Recent studies show that the saturated fats in coconut are not the same as the saturated fats in animals.  Half of the contents of coconut oil are made up of Lauric Acid which is a medium chain fatty acid.  It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-protozoan properties; it can actually react with the coating of some virus’s to destroy them! – Great to have this time of year! 


Coconut oil has a high melting point – 76 degrees so you don’t want to keep it in the fridge.  Store in pantry for easy use – or if you’re smart you’ll have multiple containers around the house for all the varied uses!  Can be used on toast, in tea, mixed in yogurt, and used in place of your usual cooking oils.  It can be applied topically to the face, elbows, knees, nipples (in between breast feedings), on cuts, in your hair as a conditioner or to help with lice!


There are many options out there so make sure you purchase an organic, purified form of coconut oil that is food grade.  It can be purchased in everything from 12 – 54oz containers.  If you’re not familiar with it start out slow, with a small jar and see how your body reacts to it.  Use it as a makeup remover, a moisturizer, a tsp or so in your protein shakes or tea.  Slowly add a tsp or so a few times daily until you build up to an appropriate amount for your weight.

Weight in Pounds Table spoons of Coconut Oil Daily 100+ 2.5 tbs 125+ 3 tbs 150+ 3.5 tbs 175+ 4 tbs


See your chiropractor or naturopath for details and advice on implementing this protocol into your health plan.  If you have questions leave comments or please call our office @847-362-4476. Find us on Facebook @ North Shore Pro-Active Health! We are here to educate and support.

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David Brown January 28, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Actually, the longer chain lengths of saturated fat are healthy also. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRe9z32NZHY
Jan Leasure January 28, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Interesting video David. Thank you for the suggestion.


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