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Cooking with Coconut Oil: A Healthy Choice

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer for your skin and hair; but the benefits of cooking with coconut oil are just as healthy.
Air Date: 4/9/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Elizabeth Nyland, author
Elizabeth Nyland is founder of  guiltykitchen.com, a food, fitness and wellness blog dedicated to the craft of cooking from scratch. Elizabeth uses wholesome, nutritious ingredients and always chooses organic and local (in season). She is a self-proclaimed fitness nerd who loves to throw the iron around, mother, wife, urban gardener, badass ink lover, high heel wearer and eternal optimist.  She is also the author behind: Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Health (The Countryman Press, November 26th, 2013) and Cooking with Avocados: Recipes for Good Living (The Countryman Press, June 2014)
  • Book Title: Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living
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Cooking with Coconut Oil: A Healthy Choice
upMany people have learned to use coconut oil for external benefits, including as an effective natural hair conditioner or skin moisturizer. But the benefits of cooking with coconut oil are just as healthy.

For instance, coconut oil is full of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are healthy fats that are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use nourishing the body. Coconut oil has also been shown to boost immune function and help control blood sugar. It acts as an antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agent.

Another benefit of cooking with coconut oil is that you can cook it to a very high temperature without it becoming rancid, unlike many other oils.

And, even if you don't like the taste of coconut, you can utilize the oil as the taste is not strong.

Special guest, Elizabeth Nyland, joins Andrea and Lisa to discuss all the benefits of coconut oil, as well as ways you can incorporate it into your own diet and lifestyle.