Coconut oil is exotic and very delicious oil.The oil is not just used in tropical countries,where coconut plantations are abundant,but also in U.S.,Canada,Europe and Australia.
Coconut oil includes improving heart health by increasing the HDL cholesterol levels,promoting weight loss,relieving symptoms of yeast infections,skin and hair care,improving digestion and boosting immunity.
1.Promotes weight loss by burning fat:
Coconut oil is useful for promoting weight loss and in particular for reducing abdominal obesity.It is easy to digest as compared to other edible oils and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and and endocrine system.
2.Improves heart health:
Study suggests that intake of this oil may help in maintaining healthy lipid profiles in pee-menopausal women.If you are consuming coconut oil in your diet,check your cholesterol levels regularly.If you find them increasing,it is better to stop or cut it down,.
Women in tropical,coastal regions of the world use this oil for their hair almost daily.This thick,butter like oil helps in the healthy growth of your hair and gives a shine to those strands.Due to low molecular weight,it is able to penetrate the hair shaft and prevents hair damage.
Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair.
Coconut oil is found to be rich in antibacterial,anti-aging,antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It may also aid in treating various skin problems that include the following:
1.Eczema & psoriasis : Topical application of virgin coconut oil can reduce the severity of these conditions.
2.UV radiation: Coconut oil protects the skin against the harmful effects of UV rays.
3.Skin wound: Virgin coconut oil helps to speed up wound healing given its indicated skincare properties.
4.Burns: Use of coconut oil helps in providing relief from burns.
Pure coconut oil helps to remove stress.Applying it to the head followed by a gentle massage helps eliminate mental fatigue.
Coconut oil is often used by athletes,bodybuilders and also used by people who are on weight loss program.The reason behind this is that it contains fewer calories than other oils,its fat content is easily converted into energy and it doesn’t lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.
Coconut oil contains 0 cholesterol and is a good source of energy,lipids and various other nutrients.It contains vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E,vitamin K,calcium,zinc and iron.
Total lipid fat 99.06
Vitamin C 0
Vitamin B-12 0
Fatty acids,total saturated 82.48
Fatty acids,total monounsaturated 6.33
Fatty acids,total polyunsaturated 1.7
Fatty acids,total trans 0.03
Uses of coconut oil:
2.Nourish scalp and increase hair growth
How to buy and store coconut oil?
Coconut oil is easily available online and in supermarkets.All you need to do is choose the right product based on your requirements.
1.Organic extra virgin coconut oil,unrefined.
2.Organic virgin coconut oil,unrefined
3.Fractionated coconut oil
4.Refined coconut oil
5.Pure coconut oil for hair and skin
Coconut oil has a high melting point -about 24 to 25 degree Celsius.Hence it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperature rises considerably.It is often in this form and not supposed to kept in the refrigerator.
If you buy it in a pack after opening the pack be sure to keep the oil container with a tight lid and broad mouth.
Dishes using coconut oil and its nutrients values:
1.2 cups wheat vermicelli
2.2 tbsp coconut oil
3.1 tsp mustard seeds
4.2 tsp urad dal
5.6 to 7 curry leaves
6.1/4 cup finely chopped onions
7.1 1/2 finely chopped green chillies
8.1/3 cup freshly grated coconut
9.1/4 cup chopped coriander
1.Boil 2 cups of water in a deep pan.
2.Remove from the flame add the vermicelli,1/2 tsp of oil and little salt,cover and keep aside for about 5 minutes.Drain and keep aside.
3.Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tsp of oil in pan and add the mustard seeds and urad dal.
4.When the mustard seeds crackle ,add the onions and green chillies and saute on a medium flame till the onion turns translucent.
5.Add the vermicelli,coconut,coriander leaves,lwmon juice and little salt if required.Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.
Energy 180 calories
Protein 2.6 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 7.4 mg
1.2 1/2 cups capsicum cubes
2.2 tbsp sour curds
3.1 tbsp coconut oil
4.1 tsp mustard seeds
5.1 tsp cumin seeds
6.1/4 tsp asafoetida
7.5 to 6 curry leaves
8.Salt to taste
9.2 tbsp grated coconut
1.Combine the capsicum and sour curds in the deep bowl,mix well and keep aside.
2.Heat the coconut oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
3.When the seeds crackle,add the cumin seeds,asafoetida and curry leaves.Saute on a medium flame for a few seconds.
4.Add the capsicum curds mixture,salt,1 tsp of water and mix well.Cover with a lid and cook on a medium flame for about 5 minutes.
5.Remove from the flame and add the coconut.
Energy 116 calories
Protein 2.2 g
Fiber 3.5 g
Fat 9 g