The Scoop On Superfoods: Why Coconut Oil Is The Heart-Healthy Ingredient You Need To Try
Chia seeds. Goji berries. Spirulina. Maca Powder. The list of superfoods is lengthy, and they’re thankfully now getting the spotlight they deserve in Western culture. Praised for being packed with essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and more), these mood-boosting, energy-enhancing, and overall health-promoting foods have long been used in other cultures as a part of their nutritional and medicinal practices.
Our favorite superfood? We can’t help but be partial to coconut. Coconut oil in particular boasts countless benefits, hydrating skin, moisturizing hair, and revving your metabolism, just to name a few. And because Conscious Coconut Oil is produced without exposure to harsh or toxic chemicals, it’s an all-natural way to take advantage of coconut oil’s powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties.
We’re chatting today about one benefit that’s top-of-mind for many people: heart health. Because maintaining a healthy heart is an essential part of overall well-being, it’s important that you set your heart up to function at its best. Read on to learn how coconut oil can support you in making that happen, plus ideas for incorporating this superfood into your everyday to help you feel your healthiest.
Coconut Oil Is A Superior Superfood For Your Heart
Perhaps you’ve already heard that coconut oil is high in saturated fats. While the word “fat” alone might scare some off, coconut oil is primarily made up of medium-chain triglycerides, healthy fats that not only help boost your body’s fat-burning capabilities and provide energy to your body and brain, but which also raise HDL cholesterol levels (the good cholesterol) in your blood, an effect that’s linked to reduced risk of heart disease.
It’s important to note that coconut oil should be consumed in moderation, keeping consumption to no more than two tablespoons of coconut oil daily. This is the amount researchers suggest provides the best long-term health results.
Easy Ways To Work Coconut Oil Into Your Daily Routine
How many of your go-to recipes start with melting butter or heating oil in the pan? Swap these out for coconut oil instead. Sweat onions in coconut oil or use it as the starting point for your favorite curry. Because nearly 90% of coconut oil’s fatty acids are saturated, it remains stable even at high temperatures and has a high smoke point. The smoke point of the oil you’re cooking with is key, because it helps you optimize not only flavor, but the nutritional benefits of your meals.
As for snacks, melted coconut oil is a tasty healthy flavor update when drizzled on top of a bowl of popcorn. It’s also a great hunger-stabilizing addition to your morning smoothie. Simply add a tablespoon or so of coconut oil to the blender along with your other ingredients and whizz away.
If baking is your thing, know that coconut oil can replace other fats at a 1:1 ratio, making it an excellent choice in vegan baked goods or for experimenting with adding a healthy twist to your favorite recipes. Because coconut oil hardens when combined with cold ingredients, make sure to add in a little extra prep time to bring other ingredients to room temperature before diving in. Looking for a good place to get started in the kitchen with coconut oil? Try these Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies, Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup, or this tropical-inspired Coconut Oil Smoothie to keep your energy up and hunger satisfied until lunch.
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