We’ve been brainwashed to think that all saturated fat is bad, but in fact, some kinds of saturated fats–medium-chain fatty acids–have unique health benefits. These fats are readily used in your body as energy, so they don’t pile up as fat. They fight microbes and support the immune system, especially in your intestines. They’re actually better for your heart than other saturated fats, and than polyunsaturated fats.
One of the best sources of medium-chain fatty acids is coconut oil. The oil is extremely stable and highly resistant to oxidative damage from heating, so it’s a better choice than vegetable oils for high-heat cooking. It tastes great. Plus, it makes for a great massage!
Look for virgin organic coconut oil. It’s the best.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: How you cook your food greatly impacts its nutritional value. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil make it one of the healthiest choices for cooking due both to its high heat-point (the temperature point at which free radicals are created in the heating of oil) and its unique health benefits. Use coconut oil to boost your energy, immunity and heart health!