If you’re not using this fat for most of your cooking – you’re probably hurting your health. And missing out on a ton of awesome benefits (+ some sexy uses). In a few ways, this is the best fat for getting hot.
I’m talking about Coconut Oil.
And here’s why it should be in your kitchen, bedroom, and probably a few other places.
Coconut Oil Benefits: Perfect for Cooking
Consumption of natural, healthy fats is shown to:
- Decrease depression
- Increase satiety (leading to easier management of healthy weight)
- Improve skin
- Decrease sunburn (and therefore skin cancer) risk
- Improve brain function
- Improve energy levels
- Improve cell structure
- Decrease inflammation (reducing general aches and pains)
- Increase testosterone levels
And when it comes to dietary fat, coconut oil is a superstar.
I’ve covered the molecular structure of fats and how it pertains to health before. The bottom line is that the more saturated the fat, the healthier it is to cook with.
Olive oil and butter are both very healthy, but shouldn’t be heated much. You should never, ever, in a million years eat vegetable oils, crisco, or pam.
Coconut oil is highly saturated, so it is extremely stable at cooking temperatures. This means it won’t oxidize and cause that nasty stuff like heart disease and cancer.
How to Cook with Coconut Oil
So we know that coconut oil is great to eat. But once it’s in your kitchen, how do you use it?
Simple. Any time you want to add fat to a meal – skip the butter (or health forbid, pam) – simply spoon out a chunk into the pan. Then just make sure you don’t get it hot enough to smoke.
That was easy.
Coconut Oil Benefits: Fast Energy
2/3 of the fat in coconut oil is Medium Chain Triglyceride, or MCT. MCT is sent straight to your liver for energy use, meaning that you get the energy boost faster. This helps increase your metabolic flexibility, and avoid “that 2:30 feeling.”
Coconut Oil Benefits: The Sexy Stuff
- A little goes a long way – super slippery
- No parabens like commercial lubes
- These chemicals mimic estrogen, likely cause cancer and low testosterone.
- No glycerin like commercial lubes
- This greatly increases the risk of yeast infections, which can sideline your partner for quite a while.
- Is conception and condom friendly
- So whether you’re trying to get pregnant, or trying not to, coconut oil is a great choice.
- Won’t stain sheets or furniture (or swings, if you’re into that)
- Just plain extra fun. I promise.
To use this stuff in the bedroom, just warm it up a bit in the microwave (only needs to be about 80deg F to melt). Then go to town.
You’ll love it, and your partner will love it even more.
Coconut Oil Benefits: Skin
As a 21st century man, you probably care (at least a little bit) about your skin quality. Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer, far outperforming commercial products.
This stuff is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial, meaning it clears away dirt and bacteria on your skin. This helps reduce acne and other skin conditions.
Choosing the Right Coconut Oil
Not all coconut oils are created equal. Processing methods vary, as do the health benefits.
To avoid potentially nasty chemicals, go with Virgin Organic Coconut Oil.
Extra Virgin is fine too, but doesn’t have any health benefits – it just has more of the taste/smell removed.
Coconut Oil can be a little expensive in small quantities, but if you buy it in bulk, it’s plenty economical. You could start with a small jar to see how you like it (you will) before inevitably moving up to the more economical choice.
*You can save even more by getting coconut oil in super bulk.*
However you get it, get some. You’ll be healthier (and happier if you use the bedroom tip).