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Coconut oil as a food product

It must have sounded very strange that coconut oil can act as a great food in itself. The thought of gulping it down your mouth straight from the jar would definitely take some time to register in your thoughts and brain. But let’s make that process easier by taking you through an amazing and surprising read, on how eating coconut oil can greatly impact your health!
Coconut oil is already famous across all cultures as a staple ingredient. But it is always used in combination with other ingredients for the purpose of consumption. Here we will talk about the benefits of directly eating coconut oil.
Coconut oil is excellent food for the colon. It is famous for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti -yeast properties. The way its external application relieves acne, eating one spoon coconut oil every morning kills unwanted bacteria or virus in your gut. This nourishes the intestinal flora and helps in improving poor digestion. Poor digestion is one perpetually overlooked but the major reason behind every other problem in our body. Acidity, gastric, poor hair health, hair fall, malnutrition, constipation, pimples, fatigue are just a few in the list.
Rich in medium chain triglycerides, coconut oil energizes the body.  Being simple to digest, having a spoonful of coconut oil in the morning makes your rest of the day more productive. It improves blood flow to the muscles too and improves metabolism.

Coconut oil is an important food ingredient

Coconut Oil

Have you ever wondered that consuming oil could give you weight loss as an end result? That’s yet another surprise. Eating a spoon of coconut oil regulates excess hunger. As already mentioned, it also improves digestion thereby reducing the amount of fat that gets stored in the body due to bad digestion. By inhibiting cravings for unhealthy food, coconut oil thus helps in weight loss.
Coconut oil balances blood sugar levels and checks hormonal imbalances in the body. Hormones are the messengers in our body. Good hormonal balance induces better sleep, happiness, mental well being, and more energy. It is rich in saturated fat that is really good for the heart and controls blood pressure. These amazing benefits further make it a great food for weight loss and heart health – two things that are greatly interconnected.
When we eat coconut oil, our body produces Ketones- water soluble molecules produced by the liver from fatty acids. Coconut oil is a great source of fatty acids that leads to the production of ketones, that are the fuel for the brain. Ketones even serve the brain cells that cannot produce glucose.
An antibiotic, coconut oil causes bacteria to die by penetrating and dissolving their outer wall. This is how it works as an anti bacterial. This way it kills bacteria that cause urinary tract infection. Ingesting coconut oil also kills the bacteria that cause bad breath and plaque.
Coconut oil is a great source of Vitamin E. It not only nourishes skin and hair externally but also internally by enhancing your body’s capacity to absorb more Vitamin E and Vitamin A.
The ketogenic effect of coconut goes way beyond providing fuel to the brain. The ketones prevent seizures in children with epilepsy that is drug resistant. The fats in coconut oil are so simple to digest and the medium-chain triglyceride doesn’t even require the pancreas to produce enzymes to utilize them. This enhances the pancreatic health.
Ketogenic effect 

Ketogenic effect

Oil pulling is something you might have hardly heard of. It is the method where coconut oil is used as a mouthwash to kill the bacteria in the mouth right after getting up to prevent bacteria from getting further inside the body. This method kills plaque that is a major cause. One of the end results is whiter teeth!
To end with the list of surprising benefits of consuming raw coconut oil, it is food that is used widely but ironically for few common everyday uses. It is ubiquitous but all its benefits haven’t been exploited fully. The thought of keeping a jar of coconut oil as a food wouldn’t really have ever occurred to you, right? You have all the reasons to keep one now.

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