Nevermind the hot new trend of cooking with coconut oil – would you add it to your morning coffee?!
Apparently we should.
Once thought to be an ingredient reserved for endurance athletes or those sticking to an incredibly strict diet, coconut oil is becoming increasingly popular among those hoping to make simple, healthier swaps in their diets and still wish to eat delicious food. Read on to find out why you should give this wonder ingredient a chance this year…
1. A skinny fat with a big boost
The fat found in coconut oil is metabolised differently by the body because it has fewer carbon atoms to its structure, in turn making it a well-sustained source or energy for your body that’s less likely to be stored as fat.
This property of coconut oil makes it a great addition to your morning coffee, allowing the boost you get from it to last longer into the day and helping you to avoid the dreaded 11am coffee crash.
2. For a sparkling smile
Oil pulling, a practice consisting of swishing coconut oil in your mouth for 10 – 20 minutes per day, has actually been in existence for thousands of years as a way to maintain good oral hygiene.
Now popular in the western world, many converts have praised coconut oil pulling as a way to naturally brighten teeth, improve bad breath, and even build immunity, as it is credited for removing toxins from the body.
3. A go-to natural moisturiser
Light in texture and 100% natural, a little bit of coconut oil goes a long way when it comes to using it as a moisturiser to help restore life back to dry hair or skin.
Keep a small pot on your desk for dry hands and cuticles, or slather it on post-shower for a fantastic smelling, quickly absorbed moisturiser.
4. Great for gut health
Consisting partly of lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT), Vita Coco Coconut Oil contains an anti-microbial property which, when consumed as a resular part of a healthy diet, can benefit gut health, and good gut health is a key element for building immunity throughout the year.
5. For a healthy heart
Lauric acid is also a contributor to boosting HDL, otherwise known as ‘good cholesterol.’
Swap the butter in your baking with Vita Coco for a healthier, heart-friendly alternative ingredient.