Coconut oil has been hailed by the health food industry as the cure for EVERYTHING … but is it really all it’s cracked up to be, or is there something even better?
Coconut oil has some pretty great claims, some of them true, some of them not, and while coconut oil is great there are some pretty big misunderstandings around it, here’s what you need to know.
Coconut oil Myth Busting
Coconut Oil is great for the skin
(Kind of): Coconut Oil definitely has some amazing applications for the skin, but just as with anything, too much can be bad. Coconut oil has large molecules which are too large to truly penetrate the dermis which means, it doesn’t really moisturize your skin plus it’s essentially blocking atmospheric moisture from hydrating the skin too. This means coconut oil can actually dry the skin depending on the climate you live in. If you live in a tropical climate, the humidity will essentially be blocked by the oil.
A better solution is Jojoba Oil which has a closer molecular structure to the skin’s own sebum (oil) and can better penetrate and carry beneficial ingredients into the dermis. For the best results, mix Jojoba oil and coconut oil in a 3:1 ratio with a few drops of your favorite essential oils. Some of my favorites include rose oil, vetiver, and sandalwood.
Coconut Oil will heal a Sunburn
Coconut Oil is not good to apply to sunburn because it will actually hold heat in the skin! Something you definitely don’t want to do when trying to heal a sunburn.
A much better alternative is cucumber, cooled chamomile, or aloe, and by aloe I do not mean the scary lime green kind you find at the drugstore, I mean the kind you pick or the one that’s ingredients only say Aloe (not red# 5). Remember, think cool, cool, cool.
Coconut oil makes a great personable lubricant
That’s the truth 😉 I recommend one with a pump to keep things clean and hygienic.
Coconut Oil will help you lose weight
Not really, but kind of! Coconut Oil can actually cause weight gain because it is not really a true medium chain fatty acid, it’s a little longer. Medium chain fats react differently in the body from long-chain fats, and coconut oil is a little taller than medium. You can think of coconut oil as your 5’6” friend, not petite, not average, but not supermodel height yet.
But, MCT oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride), which can be derived from coconut oil, will help you lose weight because it is used for energy, it helps gut bacteria and it naturally satiates appetite.
* Do be warned that any fats are high in calories, but your body is really bad at math so if you are eating them in the right way this will not be an issue.
To make it simple, MCT’s are quickly used in the liver for energy production, detoxification, and some serious brain power. Whatever isn’t immediately used is transported into the bloodstream and used much like a carb would be (for energy). You might be thinking that fat in the bloodstream sounds like a bad idea. In this case its okay, it’s a little different and is what’s called a Ketone Body, it’s not ‘sticky’ or artery-clogging.
So how has coconut oil been posing as an MCT this whole time? Somewhere, around the 70’s, scientists started mistakenly calling coconut oil a MCT. Maybe they just got lazy, or maybe they wanted to simplify things but the problem is they were wrong.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids have a 6, 8 or 10 carbon chains. Coconut Oil has 12 carbon chains.
So what’s the big deal with 2 extra carbon molecules? Those 2 carbon molecules actually cause this fat to behave entirely differently in the body.
- Caproic Acid (C6)
- Caprylic Acid (C8)
- Capric acid (C10)
And a little extra: Lauric Acid (C12)
In laymen’s terms; it enters into the Lymph system ( the clear fluid that bathes all your cells and removes toxins) and is essentially shuttled into existing fat cells, where it can be stored as fat, rather than immediately being used for energy or brain function like fats should.
An MCT oil finds it very hard (if not practically impossible) to be stored as fat.
Now does this mean coconut oil is bad? No not at all, it’s brilliant! Its anti-microbial, anti-fungal, delicious, and is great in bed … the list goes on.
But, if you are trying to lose weight, dramatically boost your brain function, burn fat, kill candida and yeast in the intestines, help out your good gut bacteria, and reset hunger hormones… there is quite a bit of evidence that using an MCT oil will do the trick much more effectively than a coconut oil.
So where do you get MCT oil? MCT oil is created using a process called “fractionation”. Basically, the extra Carbon molecules are removed and you’re left with mostly C8 and C10, sometimes a little C6. This process has essentially made a fat molecule that reacts quicker and more efficiently in the body.
So should you kick coconut oil to the curb? NO WAY! Coconut Oil has many amazing health benefits, but now you know there is a better way to upgrade your health.
And definitely, don’t kick Coconut Oil out of your bed!