Saturday, January 7, 2012
My roommate and I went to a nutritionist a few months ago and he encouraged us to eat more fat....imagine that!!! Not Big Mac type fat though, it had to be natural fats, found in foods like coconuts. We started putting coconut milk in our oatmeal (delicious!!) and cooking with coconut oil.
Then yesterday I was reading a magazine and came across a huge article about coconut oil and all of the benefits it has. Coconut oil has something in it called medium-chain fatty acids, which are a unique group of fats that are absorbed into active cells, which are used by your body for energy, growth, and repair. They neutralize free-radicals (cancer-causing cells), and also reduce inflammation. Cool!
According to the article I read, they can:
-help you lose weight because they prompt your liver cells to burn fat 50% faster than normal
-speed up the production of white blood cells, which fight off infections, therefore preventing colds and flu!
-make your hair soft and shiny (massage 2 tbsp into dry hair and scalp, leave on 30 mins, then shampoo)
-heal irritated skin (dab onto trouble spots twice daily)
-speed up your thyroid glands
-relieve feminine dryness (I'll let you figure this one out LOL)
Anyways, I like to cook with it because it gives things a sweet flavour...I find that it takes the edge off bitter veggies. I also melt it and use it with vinegar and lemon juice as a homemade salad dressing....yummy!
I have stitching updates too! I'll share later :-) Enjoy your weekend!