We’ve all been “trained” to believe that ALL saturated fats are bad. What people don’t realize is that unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain saturated fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut oil is made from raw saturated fats containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids. This means the body can metabolize them very efficiently and convert them right to energy.
Coconut oil/cream actually restores natural saturated fat levels to the skin. These saturated fat levels are imperative for growing children and their nervous system. Coconuts contain no appreciable levels of cholesterol and actually support heart health.
Many studies have been done to support these claims too. Farm animals fed coconut oil never gained weight. When this oil was replaced by soy oils, they did. In other cultures, where coconuts are a staple, they not only have thriving health, but do no have any of the health issues we have in America.
Just in case you need more proof, Dr. Raymond Peat (a leading researcher in the field of hormones) had this to say about coconut products:
“When regularly added to a balanced diet, lower cholesterol to normal by promoting their conversion into pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is also the precursor to many hormones including progesterone......Pregnenolone is a major factor that gives coconut products their beautifying qualities. It improves circulation, gives the face a lift, restores sagging skin, and reduces bags under the eyes by promoting the contractions of muscle-like cells. Pregnenolone counters fatigue, enhances memory, protects the nerves from stress and has anti-anxiety properties.”
So there you have it. That’s the tricky thing about nutrition. It’s the only science where you can prove and disprove theories. You can prove meat is good for you. You can prove it’s bad for you. The same goes for dairy and even coconut oil. The key is to try it yourself and listen to your own bodies cues. I have just recently begun using it and it’s become a powerful component of my diet and skin care regimen and I will defend it always.
** On a side note, if you’re wanting to try some of this super awesomeness in a jar, make sure it’s cold-pressed, organic if possible, and in a glass bottle, preferably a dark one.
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Wondering what the 90/10 rule is??
WHAT IS THE 90/10 Diet (Integrative Nutrition Diet)?
The Integrative Nutrition Diet promotes eating healthy foods most of the time (90% of the time) and eating less healthy foods on occasion (10% of the time). There is no set plan to this diet, and it is easy to follow and hard to fall off!
We recommend paying attention to emotions surrounding food, and noticing what makes the process of eating enjoyable. Do certain emotions lead to certain food choices? Food journals can be an effective tool in the 90/10 Diet.
Foods to increase:
Leafy green vegetables
Varied forms of protein
Foods to reduce:
Home cooked food
Enjoyable physical activity
Healthy and supportive relationships
Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet Potato Soup
2 cups dice sweet potatoes
2 cups diced carrots
1 cup diced celery root
1 cup sliced Roasted red peppers
3 cloves garlic
3 bay leaves
½ tsp nutmeg
7 cups chicken stock
1 cup mascarpone cheese
Season with salt and pepper
(Note I use a pressure cooker, if using a stock pot add 1 more hour for cooking)
1. Add all ingredients except cheese and Salt and pepper to a pressure cooker. Seal the lid and place over med/high heat, bring up to heat or when the safety valve clicks ups and than reduce heat to low and continue to cook for 25 minutes
2. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes release steam, than remove lid when safety valve has gone down. Puree soup and add Mascarpone cheese and season with salt and pepper
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