I also use it as a lotion for my skin after a shower. It's also a great oil for massage. (I have coconut oil in my kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom!)
In my research, I've come to the conclusion that raw saturated fat is a healthy food and neccessary for optimal health. It's found in every part of our body. (Cooked saturated fat is not so healthy.)
Raw coconut oil is a true superfood.
Young Coconuts and coconut oil are the only sources of saturated fat available on the raw vegan diet. Our body can make saturated fat, but I prefer to eat it.
The best source of info on coconuts and coconut oil is found in "Eating For Beauty" by David Wolfe. Read the coconut oil chapter before making a decision on it's role in the raw vegan diet!
(coconut oil is sometimes called coconut butter)
Another amazing book I've read is called "Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil" by Bruce Fife ND, you won't believe the information you'll read in these pages!
His new book is called Coconut Cures
The following two articles have great information.
Health and Nutritional Benefits from Coconut Oil: An Important Functional Food for the 21st Century by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D.
Coconut Oil: You Want a Food Loaded with Real Health Benefits?
More Benefits of coconut oil (from Mercola.com
Why not just eat the young coconut?
In the past I would usually eat three or four young coconuts a week. I've cut down my consumption after reading this article==>
Young Thai Coconuts, 10 Reasons Why they are less than the best food ever!
Also of interest is How to open a young coconut
Here is a quote from the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center store,
Raw Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
"....Coconut butter consists of 90+% saturated fat - a very important building block of every cell in the human body - on the average, each cell membrane consists of 49% saturated fats (cooked saturated animal fat is toxic)...."
How do I eat coconut oil?
It is the perfect addition to green smoothies. (The fat requires very little digestion and is okay to combine with fruit!). Use it in gourmet recipes. Combine it with raw cacao to make fudge. Add it to salads. Eat it plain. Eat with Gratitude. Enjoy!
Here is a quote from Coconut butter Article by David Wolfe
"...Coconut butter has been used as a food and a medicine since the dawn of history.
Ayurveda (the medicine of India) has long advocated its therapeutic and cosmetic properties...."
(The health benefits of coconut butter described in Bruce Fife's incredible book:
The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil are listed in David's article)
Read the reviews of these two books=
Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife
The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife
Have a wonderful day!
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