Coconut oil is an excellent product to buy. It exudes exoticism, looks interesting and offers us visions of beach holidays.

Should we therefore buy it?

First let’s discuss some theory. The quality of oil or fat is judged by its building blocks, i.e its oily acids. Fatty acids consist of carbon chains that are short (up to 6 carbons), medium-long (6-12 carbons) or long (12 or more carbons).

We then recognize saturated (single carbon bonds), monounsaturated (one double bond) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (more than one double bond).

We eat healthily when the proportion of unsaturated fatty acids and fatty acids predominate in the food medium-length chain.

They are usable as a source of energy and some are essential as our body does not know how to create them and needs to get them in sufficient amount of food).

It is most commonly found in plants like nuts and seeds, but also in fish.

In contrast, saturated fatty acids contribute to increase cholesterol levels or atherosclerosis (an inflammatory disease of the blood vessels in which fat is deposited in the vessel wall). Fatty acids with long chain are not used as a direct source of energy but are transported by our blood to the ditches and in that way the part is saved. It is mainly found in animal fats.

I think that at this point, the memory of the smell of coconut oil has faded in your mind, and you now remember your school lab exercises in chemistry. Excellent!

Now we can look at coconut oil uninterestedly.

Coconut oil, despite its vegetable origin, has a composition similar to animal fats. Therefore, it is stiff and should be named coconut fat. 90% of its fatty acids are saturated (by the way, butter has only 68% and lard even just 41%) and almost half of its fatty acids have a long carbon chain. Not even the presence of essential fatty acids – not worth mentioning. Much more valuable in this respect are our local oils – rapeseed and linseed. So what about coconut oil?

If you want to highlight its exoticness and coconut in a meal, calmly in the kitchen occasionally use, the world (or your healthy eating) will not shrink.

But otherwise, I would, especially in winter, move it into the bathroom. It is good for dry skin, sore spots, cracked lips or thorough relaxation.

This article is prepared for you by:

   Danica Dobisová
Psychologist and nutritional counsellor. I help people to lose weight without dieting and forever. I follow the principles of mindful eating and teach people what and when to eat and how to create healthy eating habits. Here is more information.
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