Many manufacturers have begun to use coconut oil in packaged products, and many people use it for cooking. Coconut oil contains over 80% saturated fat. Some experts have linked saturated fats with cardiovascular and other diseases. Here are some of the benefits of consuming coconut oil daily:
- Controls blood sugar levels
- Reduces stress levels
- Manages cholesterol
- Makes hair and nails shine and grow
- Helps to fight candida
- Prevents liver diseases
- Promotes weight-loss combined with a healthy eating lifestyle
Not all coconut oils are the same, and the impact on health may vary according to type. Overall, the less processed a food is, the more likely it is to offer health benefits, and the same is probably true of coconut oil.
Extra virgin coconut oil comes from the fruit of fresh, mature coconuts. Processing does not involve high temperatures or added chemicals. People who choose to use coconut oil should opt for the least processed type.