Health benefits of adding cold-pressed coconut oil to your diet

Health benefits of adding cold-pressed coconut oil to your diet

This COVID-19 pandemic has made people more conscious of their health. Did you know that consuming coconut oil can increase your immunity against fighting the coronavirus? Dr. Shashank Joshi, Dean- Indian College of Physicians believes that Keralites can cope up better with Covid-19 as they consume more coconut oil. Coconut oil contains lauric acid and monolaurin which has potential antiviral compounds that can naturally fight this disease.

Cold-pressed or refined?

Cold-pressed coconut oil is a much better option for coconut oil. Flavor retention and nutrition retention are the major advantages of the former over normal coconut oil. Cold-pressed coconut oil also has higher antioxidants compared to the normal one. It is also free from additives which makes it a natural oil. Both are however made from the meat of the coconut and it contains a lot of saturated fat and some unsaturated fat. A tablespoon of coconut oil can contain 13 grams of fat. But then these saturated fats do not raise the level of cholesterol in the blood. Coconut oil is edible oil and can hence be safely added to your diet to ensure a healthy intake of fat. Embrace this natural oil and read on to discover the numerous benefits of this superfood.

Weight loss

Making coconut oil your cooking oil can help in weight loss by increasing your body metabolic rate. It also reduces hunger and keeps you feeling full for a longer time. No wonder it can aid in a reduction in your waist size.

Improve heart health

Cold-pressed coconut oil aids in increasing the level of good cholesterol in your body as it increases the level of HDL. It is also an edible oil that is very easy to digest and helps in the proper working of the endocrine system. No wonder it adds to the immunity of the body.

Diabetes

Cold-pressed coconut oil has the potential to stabilize blood sugar spikes and promote the secretion of insulin.

Bone health

Using this as cooking oil can help in increasing the absorptions of vital nutrients in the body namely calcium and magnesium. Hence it is strongly advised for women to include this in their diet to reduce the chance of osteoporosis.

Brain function

Cold-pressed coconut oil contains components that promote the development of ketones in the body which act as a substitute for an energy source to your brain and eventually it enhances cognitive abilities.

The bottom line

Cold-pressed coconut oil is one essential food item you should always include in your diet and make sure you include it as a regular part of your shopping list to reap the benefits of good health.

— Written by Khadeeja Bilquees.A, a blogger who is a fitness enthusiast and paleo consultant.