When educating a client on my “Top 10” Healthiest Foods, I find that many are surprised and dismayed to hear that coconut oil is way at the top of my list.
The criteria I use for selecting these foods
considers the various foods’ potential for toxicity, their nutritional value,
and their potential for aiding in disease prevention.
How the foods complement one another in
providing a variety of nutrients, and whether they were adequate sources of
hydration, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals were also taken into
Why is Coconut/Coconut Oil so Healthy?
Studies from the 1960s and 1970s show
that Asians and Pacific Islanders whose diets were rich in coconut oil were
substantially free of cardiovascular disease despite consuming from 35 to 60
percent of their calories from saturated fat.
Among the Pukapuka and Tokelau
Islanders, atherosclerosis, heart disease, colon cancer, kidney disease and
high serum cholesterol were virtually unknown.
The people were found to be lean and healthy.
One-half cup of shredded coconut meat
provides 4 grams of fiber, 142 mg of potassium, 13 mg of magnesium, fewer than
3 grams of sugar and 13 grams of healthy medium-chain fatty acids.
These saturated fatty acids are very stable
at a wide range of temperatures which prevents rancidity, and they are mostly
comprised of healthy lauric acid (a major component of mothers’ milk), capric
acid (which fights yeast overgrowth), and caprilic acid.
According to Mary Enig, Ph.D., the world’s
preeminent lipids authority, these fatty acids work to kill lipid encapsulated
viruses and bacteria too, including many sexually transmitted diseases such as
Chlamydia and AIDS. Therapeutically,
they have shown value in the treatment of cachexia (wasting, secondary to
cancer) and childhood epilepsy.
What is the fastest way to improve your diet?
The fastest, easiest way to improve your diet is to begin adding good foods and beverages to what you already eat. Think of it! If all you do is add enough really good foods and beverages to your diet, eventually you will have added so many good things that they begin to edge out the bad things. How easy is that!?
So, consider adding healthy coconut oil and other coconut products (fresh or flaked coconut, coconut cream, coconut milk, coconut flour & coconut water) to your diet and begin your journey to a new healthier you today!
- Stir virgin coconut oil into your morning oatmeal
- Add it to the water you cook your rice in
- Use it instead of unhealthy margarine or sugary spreads on morning toast
- Flavor coffee or tea with a spoon of healthy natural coconut cream
Have a REAL sweet tooth??? Why not try the yummy coconut macaroon recipe below:
Healthy Coconut Macaroon Recipe
- 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil (use this to grease a cookie sheet)
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 whole egg
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix warm water and honey together.
- Add the coconut flakes.
- Beat in the egg, mixing thoroughly.
- Form mixture into tablespoon-sized balls and drop them by the spoonful onto a well greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degree Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes.
Yield: Approximately 1 dozen Macaroon cookies
This macaroon recipe is not overly sweet tasting and if sweetness is missed, sweetened coconut flakes can be substituted. But I love them just as they are! They are soft and chewy, and far healthier than cookie recipes that call for flour, salt and other dubious ingredients. And they're gluten free, too! When you have a real craving for a little something sweet, these macaroons offer a truly healthy alternative!