Local dietician shares health benefits of coconut oil
Marcelle Le Grange, a Livewell dietician from Nelspruit gives her input on coconut oil;
Helps fight infection
Lauric acid makes up about 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil. Lauric acid can kill harmful pathogens and help fight infection.
High source of energy
Contains MCT’s (medium-chain triglycerides), a type of fat that your body metabolises, and use as a source of energy.
Improves HDL cholesterol
It increases both, LDL (Low-density lipoproteins) & HDL (High-density lipoproteins) Increased HDL (good cholesterol) levels can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Coconut oil can be used as part of your Keto diet plan
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Has a high smoking point
It can be used for cooking in high temperatures, before it begins to smoke and oxidize.
- Use virgin coconut oil; not processed, refined.
- Use in moderation = 1 tablespoon daily (15ml daily)