Monday, January 24, 2011

The Coconut Cure?

A few months ago a good friend told me she was advised to include coconut oil in her diet. I had never cooked with coconut oil, but my interest was immediately piqued.

This may surprise you {due to my constant stream of "try this", "love that"}, but I do not try every new "it" product or fad diet. In fact, I am convinced I am the only living person who has not tried the Atkins diet {life is not worth living if I cannot have carbs . . .  and chocolate}.  

But as I age {gracefully, of course} and as I learn more about organic or natural living, I have come to realize that simple is always better. I have changed to all natural soaps for our showers and laundry {I feel another post coming on}. I try to shop from and cook items from the outside of the grocery store {besides, of course, my trip down the beloved pasta aisle}.

And, at least in theory, the thought of a healthy oil is quite familiar {whether extra virgin olive oil for cooking or flax seed oil as a supplement}. But directly ingesting and / or cooking with what, in my mind at least, is suntan oil, still seemed a little extreme even for me.

That is, however, until I began researching the extensive health benefits. I am not a doctor and certainly do not claim to know what is best for anyone's family other than my own. That said, after reading the impressive array of references on scientific research done on coconut oil, I'll admit, I've purchased a a jar for my family. I've already used it to help heal a burn {on my finger} and to calm a croupy cough {my dog's}. 

That is where my experience begins and ends . . . for now. But after reading the extensive list of health benefits (hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength), I have replaced the bottle of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) next to my cooktop and have started dipping in the suntan oil instead.

What about you? Have you ever used or heard about using coconut oil for it's medicinal value? Or do you think I'm utterly coconuts? 

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