Why Coconut Oil?

I’m back! The last couple of weeks have been crazy at work; I’ve been covering for someone on Vacation and of course someone who got sick. Let me say ten-hour days are not fun when there are too many of them consecutively. On the up side though I got a raise! A small one but one none the less and I’ve only been there for four months so I feel very much appreciated.

Now I’m back to my regular days off and I can finally perfect my Korean dessert, which by the way will be fantastic! I’ll give you a hint, it’s creamy and cold and no it’s not ice cream. Okay, okay…. It’s my Vegan spin on Patbingsu! I know it’s a relatively simple dish but I want to have sweet red beans that would rival any Korean mothers and shaved ice that had a little more oomph.

So now for todays post, I want to touch an ingredient that I’ve mentioned a couple of times – coconut oil. More specifically why I use it instead of other oils. – No preaching I promise.

By now I’m sure you’ve seen the coconut craze that is going on and wonder if it’s skillful marketing or the real deal. I think it’s a little of both. The water while good for you isn’t as great as it’s hyped up to being, since most brands add excessive amounts of sugar. The oil however is GREAT for you.

Coconut oil is great for your brain. How is that you ask? Well coconut oil is made up of primarily Medium Chain Fatty Triglyceride (MCT) fats. Which is a fat that is easily metabolized by our bodies and more specifically our brains. Usually our body has to work really hard to break down fats and glucose to feed our brains. This is because it has to be small enough to pass through something called a blood brain barrier. When it comes to MCT fats the body doesn’t have to work as hard because it easily passes through the blood brain barrier. In fact once it passes into the brain it actually works as a neuroprotectant.

There have been small scale studies done on Coconut oil and I look forward to hearing of some larger long term one’s. But so far the outlook is positive. Of course I’m not encouraging people to excessively eat fats but I am encouraging you to swap it for your usual oil whenever you can. Your brain will thank you for it.

Fun Fact – Did you know that human breast milk has a significantly higher amount of MCT fats than any other mammal? (It’s true! Google it!) In fact 25% of the fuel for a breast-fed infants brain comes from MCT fats.