Uses for Coconut Oil are all the rage and it’s not all just hype! Of course, there is much debate, as there is about everything when it comes to health. But researchers are still in the beginning stages of finding out the real benefits of coconut oil in comparison to others–so until they come to a conclusion, we’ll continue debating! So, lets talk about the facts and then I’ll share some of the creative uses for Coconut Oil!
Research Results on Coconut Oil
According to Penn State University cardiovascular nutrition researcher Penny Kris-Therton, PhD, RD, “Coconut oil is better than butter and trans fats but not as good as liquid vegetable oils…” Along with Dariush Mazaffairian, MD, DrPH, of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, he agrees coconut oil is the wiser choice when choosing between hydrogenated trans fats and animal fats.
In terms of research, there is a limited supply of evidence that coconut oil helps with diseases. In the scientific world, studies focus on the impact coconut oil has on cholesterol levels. According to Dariush Mazaffairian, MD, DrPH, of Harvard Medical School and Harvard school of Public Health says, “the findings are intriguing but we still don’t know if it is harmful or beneficial…”.
However, experts still say that if you are looking for real health benefits to choose vegetable oils such as soybean, canola, corn, or olive oil.
What is Coconut Oil?
It is 92% saturated fat
Coconut oil is a blend of fatty acids and it contains an unusual blend of short and medium chain fatty acids, primarily lauric and myristic acids. This unusual blend is why people theorize it could offer health benefits.
So what are some of the uses for Coconut Oil? Well, coconut is used for a variety of things; everything from cooking to beauty. Below I’ve compiled a list of unique and exciting uses for coconut oil! So if you are on the Coconut Oil train, check out some of these creative ways you can use your new favorite household goodie. If you haven’t quite made the leap, that’s okay! Research is being done every day-the more we learn about it the better! But hopefully you learned something new or found a fun recipe or DIY you are dying to try!
Uses for Coconut Oil
Just type in uses for Coconut Oil and you’ll be hit with dozens upon dozens of different recipes to health benefits. Well, we’ve tried to help narrow your search by categorizing our favorites! Whether you are looking for a great scrub to end your day with or a chocolate fudge to treat yourself with, we’ve got it!
*Note: Simply click the link to see the full recipe or tutorial
Coconut Oil Food Recipes
Cheesecake Bites w. Pecan Crust @ Flippin’ Delicious
Pound Cake @ My Life As Robin’s Wife
Chicken Nuggets @ The Domestic Man
Blueberry Coconut Granola Bars @ Two Peas And Their Pod
Chocolate Fudge @ Je Suis Alimentageus
Tropical Green Smoothie @ Rubies and Radishes
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies @ Persnickety Plates
Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies @ The Live-In-Kitchen
DIY Beauty & Bath Coconut Oil Recipes
Homemade Lip Balm & Scrub @ My Baking Addiction
Moisturizing Body Scrub @ fitting it all in
Rosemary Shaving Cream @ Food For My Family
Homemade Toothpaste @ Family Sponge
Ginger & Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub @ Food For My Family
Coconut Oil & Avocado Face Mask @ Home Remedies Blogger
Lavender Body Scrub @ My Baking Addiction
Diaper Rash Cream @ Little House Living
What are your thoughts about Coconut Oil? Do you have any research you’d like to share (we’d prefer un-bias)? Do you have any creative uses for coconut oil? We would love to hear about them in the comments below!
*Important Note: I’m not a professional. The opinions expressed are solely my own and the information comes from research I’ve compiled about Coconut Oil. If you have concerns or questions it is important to see an expert.