Benefits of Using/Eating Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is all the rage these days, and you’ve likely seen it in everything from beauty products to desserts. But what is coconut oil, what are the benefits of coconut oil, and what are the uses of coconut oil? Here’s everything you need to know:
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil, unsurprisingly, comes from coconuts. More specifically, coconut oil is made by pressing the fresh or dried meat of a coconut. Virgin coconut oil is made by pressing fresh coconut meat whereas refined coconut oil is made by pressing dried coconut meat.
You may also see “cold-pressed” coconut oil that has been pressed without heat to retain more nutrients. Finally, you may see “partially hydrogenated” coconut oil which extends the shelf life but creates trans fats.
Is Coconut Oil Good for You?
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Many people assume that oil can’t possibly be good for them as oils tend to be filled with fats, and fats are bad. However, many plant oils like coconut oil are actually good for you — and edible. This is because there are both good types of fats and bad types of fats, and coconut oil is rich in the good type.
What Are the Benefits of Using/Eating Coconut Oil?
Not only is coconut oil “not bad” for you, but it also comes with real health benefits! But don’t just take our word for it, check out some of these benefits for yourself:
1. Coconut Oil Is Good for Your Heart
Some studies have shown that coconut oil is good for your heart by decreasing levels of bad cholesterol and increasing levels of good cholesterol. Maintaining good cholesterol levels is key to heart health.
2. Coconut Oil Helps You Lose Weight
Other studies have shown that coconut oil may be able to help you lose weight. This is because coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which have been shown to boost calorie burning. These same MCTs may also help reduce food intake by keeping you fuller for longer.
3. Coconut Oil Is Good for Your Skin and Hair
Coconut oil isn’t just used in the kitchen, it can also be used in the bathroom as a part of your beauty routine. Coconut oil is incredibly moisturizing, which makes it a great treatment for dry skin and hair. You can also find beauty products formulated with coconut oil for skin.
4. Coconut Oil Has Antioxidant Properties
Antioxidants protect the body by neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells and lead to disease. Coconut oil is jam-packed with beneficial antioxidants, including tocopherols, tocotrienols, phytosterols, and more, that help protect your body and overall health.
5. Coconut Oil Gives You Energy
Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, you might want to reach for coconut oil instead as a source of energy. The MCTs in coconut oil act in the same way that carbs do — by powering your body quickly and effectively.
The 5 Best Healthy Desserts With Coconut Oil
As you now know, organic coconut oil edible can be used as a healthy and vegan-friendly ingredient in all your favorite desserts. Here are our five favorites:
1. Bougie Bakes Brownie Bites
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Bougie Bakes Brownie Bites are as healthy as they are chocolatey thanks to ingredients like coconut oil, almond flour, almond butter, and sugar-free vegan dark chocolate. Each brownie bite comes with just 110 calories with 10 grams of total fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 25 milligrams of sodium, 9 grams of total carbohydrates, and 3 grams of protein.
2. Bougie Bakes Peanut Butter Blondie Bites
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Bougie Bakes Peanut Butter Blondie Bites expertly combine two of your favorite flavors — chocolate and peanut butter — with ingredients like organic peanut butter, sugar-free vegan chocolate chips, coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Each blondie bite comes with just 120 calories with 10 grams of total fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 85 milligrams of sodium, 8 grams of total carbohydrates, and 4 grams of protein.
3. Bougie Bakes Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies
While it may seem impossible to have sugar cookies without actual sugar, Bougie Bakes has made it possible with Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies. Instead of sugar, these cookies are sweetened with erythritol. And instead of butter and table salt, they are made with coconut oil and pink Himalayan sea salt. Thanks to these healthy ingredients, each cookie comes with just 100 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 30 milligrams of sodium, 8 grams of total carbohydrates, and 4 grams of protein.
4. Bougie Bakes Vegan Lemon Poppy Cookies
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Coconut oil is a great vegan-friendly alternative to butter, which makes it a great addition to Bougie Bakes Vegan Lemon Poppy Cookies. These cookies are totally vegan-friendly with other ingredients like almond flour, lemon oil, poppy seeds, and pink Himalayan sea salt. These cookies aren’t just vegan-friendly, but they’re healthy too with just 80 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 15 milligrams of cholesterol, 8 grams of total carbohydrates, 3 grams of protein, and no cholesterol.
5. Bougie Bakes Vegan Java Chip Mini Muffins
If you thought that a chocolatey dessert couldn’t possibly be vegan and healthy — think again! Bougie Bakes Vegan Java Chip Mini Muffins meet the mark with beneficial ingredients like coconut oil, unsweetened vanilla macadamia milk, sugar-free vegan chocolate, oat flour, vanilla extract, white vinegar, and instant espresso powder. Each mini muffin comes with just 80 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 90 milligrams of sodium, 9 grams of total carbohydrates, and no cholesterol.
Reap the Benefits of Coconut Oil With Bougie Bakes
Bougie Bakes is well aware of the benefits of coconut oil, which is why we use it in all our bakes! So reap the benefits of coconut oil when you switch to gluten-free, sugar-free, and dairy-free desserts that are rich in nutrients instead of fats.