Cooking with Coconut oil can help heal your gut.
Coconut oil is not a fat to be feared. Use it generously in cooking, where ever you can because Coconut oil can help heal your gut!
The first time I ever came across coconut oil was at my friend’s house around 5 years ago. She was spreading this white oily paste on toast instead of butter! Weird I thought. At that point, I was still of the mind that fat was fattening and thought what she was doing was absurd and surely not that pleasant. Fortunately, I put my judgement to one side and asked a lot of questions instead. I was so interested in the facts that I later found myself Googling the finer deets.
Need I say more? My transition to coconut oil was one of the easiest and most enjoyable shifts in my health journey. Today I simply have no doubt that coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet and you would be just crazy not to get into it quick smart.
Not surprisingly nearly every health conscious food blogger in the universe has posted about the awesomeness of coconut oil. And you know what. I just searched ‘coconut oil’ on the NCBI website and found 1637 results on the subject. That’s a lot of serious research into this miracle oil. Now, I’m here, adding my bit to the search engine clutter on the subject. My bent, is specific to gut health. Of course!
It’s the ‘miracle’ Lauric acid in coconut oil that is nature’s medicine and a must have for gut health.
The most exciting thing about switching to coconut oil is that you’ll get the many benefits of lauric acid. Lauric acid is a particular type of fatty acid found in saturated-fat foods, and coconut oil is full of it. The only source more concentrated is breast milk! This potent source of saturated fat can help combat candida (yeast), parasites and viruses. It’s basically a bacteria killer and has the ability to destroy a wide range of pathogenic bacteria in the body.
This potent source of saturated fat can help combat candida (yeast), parasites and viruses. It’s basically a bacteria killer and has the ability to destroy a wide range of pathogenic bacteria in the body. Lauric acid, along with capric and caprylic acids in coconut oil has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties to help treat or prevent digestive upset and disease. You could consider coconut oil nature’s antibiotic.
A recent study shows that Lauric acid in coconut oil can prevent bowel cancer. With a family history of bowel cancer and inflammatory bowel diseases, for me, it’s a wise health choice.
Coconut oil is amazing for digestive health.
For starters, coconut oil is a breeze to digest. Compared to other fats and oils, coconut oil is absorbed and digested much faster. It passively moves through digestion and is quickly converted into energy, making coconut oil a good choice for just about anyone with gut issues. Most of us could do with a bit more energy! In fact, coconut oil can help with IBS, food sensitivities, gut inflammation, poor nutrient absorption, and help heal and seal the lining of your gut and keep you regular.
Coconut oil is Anti-inflammatory.
For all the above reasons coconut oil is considered an anti-inflammatory food. Coconut oil has been proven to heal injury to the digestive tract in patients who suffer from bowel diseases like chrons and colitis.
With my problem tummy, I’d always been super sensitive to fats and oils. I didn’t separate the good from the bad however, I just knew that after eating oily food I suffered loads of pain. In hindsight, I now know that it was the cheap, highly processed vegetable oils that doubled me over in pain. Even now, too much olive oil leaves me feeling a bit wrong. So, as soon as I made the switch to cooking with coconut oil, I felt the difference. It just had this rightness about it. It felt like a food, rather than an oil. Maybe because it solidifies? It was more substantial, integral somehow.
Although it is truly an elixir and very palatable straight from the tub, it might be just a bit over the top to actually drink it neat. If you think you could do with more in your diet, however, do a spoonful at meal times to assist with digestion. Otherwise, just cook with it or add it to a breakfast smoothie.
There are a lot of brands on the market, so which to choose can be quite daunting. With the surge in popularity of coconut products, some companies speed production along using pesticides, chemicals or manufacturing processes that damage the nutritional value of the oil. A premium quality coconut oil should still contain 50% Lauric acid. To ensure this, I recommend always buying certified organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil. Why not even buy it in bulk?
The take home message is coconut oil helps to control bad bacteria in your gut and supports the good guys, all the while helping to reduce inflammation and heal your gut lining to prevent leaky gut!
A happy tummy means a happier you!