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Coconut oil is a superfood that will absolutely positively benefit your health and well-being.

The South-Pacific Tokelauans ingest over 60% of their calories from nutrient-dense coconuts. These indigenous people, the world’s largest consumers of saturated fat, are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease (which is the #1 killer in the US).

In the past, coconut oil has been demonized because it contains saturated fat. Just what is a saturated fat? A fatty acid is saturated when all available carbon bonds are occupied by a hydrogen atom. Think of a bus with rows and rows of seats. All the seats on the bus are filled or saturated with hydrogen. That leaves zero seats to be occupied by anything unstable like free radicals. The bonds are packed tightly together so they are solid or semi-solid at room temperature…like a cozy community. These are highly stable so they don’t go rancid even when heated.

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Did you know that saturated fats, palm and coconut oils, were once used to prevent spoilage and extend the shelf life of foods? Then in the early 80’s, soybean oil began to be artificially hydrogenated, (the fatty acid chain is artificially made to act like a saturated fat). Soon, soy oil replaced the tropical oils.

At the turn of the century, there was virtually no heart disease, no high cholesterol and low obesity. Most of the fatty acids in our diet were either saturated or monounsaturated, primarily from butter, lard, tallows, coconut oil and small amounts of olive oil.

Currently, obesity is one of the largest health problems in the world, or at least in the western world. Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it might also help you lose weight. Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs. People are losing significant amounts of abdominal fat by simply adding coconut oil to their diet?! Who knew?!

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Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids being saturated. It is often given to IV patients who are unable to eat solids, is given to HIV patients and is an ingredient in healthy baby formulas because it is really easy to digest.

Coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-microbial which really means that it kicks butt for the immune system! The bacteria, fungus or other critters absorbs the coconut oil which breaks open the lipid membrane surrounding the offensive cell and causes apoptosis, which is a cool word for cell death. Almost 50% of the fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is also found in mother’s milk, another very high saturated fat.

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Coconut oil can also be good for 101 things that have nothing to do with eating it! Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin. Another way to use coconut oil is called oil pulling, which is known to kill some harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health and reduce bad breath. When I read that coconut oil blocks out about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, I used coconut oil as sunscreen. Three weeks in the sun in Mexico and I came back with a tan.

What is the best way to get healthy saturated fat? Use coconut oil – the Queen of Saturated Fats!

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Coconut oil is an important ingredient in our Mushroom Mama lattes. Mix 1 t each in a mug: Mushroom Mama Tea Powder, honey, and coconut oil.  Fill with hot tea water and a splash of nut milk.  Pour into blender (a nutri-bullet works great) and blend into an awesome latte!  Blending the liquid foams the coconut oil…yum!

Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial sources of fat. It is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids or MCFAs, which are easier to break down and metabolize into energy than large-chain fatty acids, which are often stored in the body as fat for later use. Marcus Samuelsson

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