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Reasons Why You Should Add Coconut Oil To Your Hot Coffee And Every Meal

Do you know that coconut oil can be extensively used in a cup of hot coffee or tea?  Surprised! Oh yes it is not just for dressing salads and baking only.
Coconut oil has become a darling of the whole food movement with good reason. It’s now considered a healthy fat and has antibacterial properties. It also tastes delicious in baked goods or  on vegetables before roasting.

Here are 3 reasons why we love it –
Why Coconut Oil?
1. Cooking with coconut oil, which is mainly a saturated fat, is ideal because it’s able to withstand higher temperatures than other oils (perfect for slathering on roasted veggies and using in stir fries).
2. Although it’s a saturated fat, studies have shown that the saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, which means it has a more neutral effect on long-term heart health.
3. Coconut oil can be substituted one for one with butter in baked goods, making the results taste a bit lighter and with a touch of coconut.

What Should I Buy?
There are two kind of coconut oil widely available commercially: “virgin” or “extra virgin” — or cold-pressed coconut oil — that contains antioxidants and has a stronger coconut flavor and aroma; and refined coconut oil — “expeller-pressed” — which is more processed and has a more neutral taste and scent and a higher smoke point than virgin. Both cold-pressed and expeller-pressed coconut oil can last about two years without refrigeration stored in a cool, dark place, but there are so many ways to use coconut oil I doubt you’ll have any hanging around that long.

How Can I Use It?
Use refined coconut oil for pan frying: preheat the oil in the pan to 350℉-375℉ and try it in your favorite fried chicken recipe. Or toss vegetables in a tablespoon of coconut oil and roast until lightly browned. Vegans will love using coconut oil as a sub for butter in dessert recipes.
Remember that coconut oil has a melting point of 78 degrees, so if you’re in a warm climate your oil may be liquid at room temperature. You may have to gently warm your coconut oil in the microwave or stove when a recipe calls for a liquid fat.

Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil

It’s no secret that coconut oil can do some amazing things, from speeding up the healing process on a surface wound to developing better brain function. But the question is, do you trust and value it’s wonders?

Here are impressive health benefits of coconut oil that have been experimentally confirmed in human studies.

Coconut Oil can kill your hunger, thereby making you eat less

One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term. So are you worried that you’re eating too much? Using coconut oil could do that trick.

Coconut oil can help heal wounds

Believe it or not, this is true. dermatologist Doris Day said it’s the coconut oil’s antibacterial properties that help cuts and scrapes heal faster.

You can use coconut oil as makeup remover

Yes, experiments have proven that coconut oil can even help remove stubborn eye makeup — but most oils can do this,Just be careful not to get it in your eyes.

You can use coconut oil as natural deodorant

Sure, if you don’t mind smelling like coconut! “It kills off bacteria and yeast, and that’s what causes odor,” Day said.

But dermatologist Doris Day points out that while coconut oil might be OK as a deodorant, it definitely doesn’t work as an antiperspirant.

Swirling coconut oil in your mouth will whiten your teeth.

Dentist Zack Zaibak of Chicago confirms this is true, adding that swirling coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes—known as oil-pulling—can also remove bacteria and help improve conditions like gingivitis.

“It’s a good addition to dentistry,” he said. “There’s not much testing on this, but I haven’t seen any negativity, from a dentist’s perspective.”

These and many more although not listed are benefits we can derive from using this natural oil.

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