According to a recent advisory by the American Heart Association (AHA), coconut oil is not as healthy as we once thought it was.
Like most of the world, I was shocked when I read this report, and frustrated. As a health enthusiast, coconut oil has long been a staple in my diet as a “healthy fat.” I consumed it various times throughout each day, whether it be adding a tablespoon to my morning coffee, or utilizing it when meal-prepping each week.
Because coconut oil is high in saturated fat, AHA warns that it can increase a person’s LDL Cholesterol—a major cause of cardiovascular failure. They recommend opting for vegetable oils instead, such as corn or peanut—An action they say can lower cardiovascular disease by 30 percent. This advisory is a prime example of how quickly the health and fitness industry can evolve, and now we’re all left wondering:
What should we do with our leftover Coconut Oil?
Use it as a moisturizer:
Coconut oil has many benefits for the skin. It’s high in Lauric Acid and Vitamin E, which can prevent acne, and neutralize free radicals that combat premature skin aging and repair damaged or scarred skin.
Apply it to your hair:
The vitamins and essential fatty acids found in coconut oil can nourish the scalp, increase moisture and stimulate growth.
Practice Oil Pulling:
In Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is used as an oral detoxification procedure that involves swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Boosted immune systems, whiter teeth, and improvements with acne have all been benefitted to oil pulling.
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