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Is Coconut Oil the Newest Fad or is There Something To It?

Is Coconut Oil the Newest Fad or is There Something To It?

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that coconut oil is the new ‘must-have’ product in your home. It boasts an array of benefits which span from the bathroom to the kitchen, and it seems almost too good to be true. People have been asking me whether it’s just a fad, but it looks like coconut oil is definitely here to stay! The truth is coconut oil has been used for thousands of years in other cultures. It is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medical system of India, as well as in many other traditional health practices. We’re a couple of millennia late to the party, but it’s better late than never! Here are some of the reasons why you should invite coconut oil into your life: It’s Great for Cooking!  It’s a terrific substitute for butter or margarine because it is solid at room temperature. Because of its high smoking temperature, it’s great for baking, stir frying and roasting (unlike olive oil). Unlike butter, it is ideal for vegans. It is extremely stable and resistant to oxidation, which lends itself to a shelf life of up to 2 years! Coconut is classified as a seed or a fruit so people with tree nut allergies generally do not have to worry about allergic responses. It Keeps You Gorgeous! Dry skin from the winter?  No problem! Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer, and can prevent dryness and flaking of skin. It is a great anti-wrinkle cream because of its antioxidant properties. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines. It can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  This is why it is often the first ingredient in soaps, creams, and lotions. You can use it as massage oil, lip balm, and even to treat diaper rash! It can be used as a hair mask, as it has healing and nourishing properties for dry and damaged hair. It can be heavy, so if your hair is on the thinner side just massage it lightly into the ends, and don’t forget to wash it out! It is an amazing eye make-up remover. It Helps Keep You Healthy! It can help improve digestion and digestive problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The saturated fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties which can fight various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. Most of the saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid.  This is considered a healthy choice as studies show that lauric acid can raise your ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) and lower the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL). Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they’re quickly converted to energy. Through this...

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Eggs: Are They All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

Eggs: Are They All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

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Over the years, eggs have developed a bad rap. Some people had gone so far as to suggest that eggs should be removed completely from your diet because they are loaded with a dangerous amount of cholesterol even for a healthy heart. With new scientific discoveries though, eggs are making a comeback. In fact, they seem to have done a full 180 and are now being touted for all their health benefits. While it is true that egg yolks contain cholesterol and may weakly affect blood cholesterol levels, it turns out they also contain nutrients that help lower the risk of heart disease. Eggs Contain: Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 has been shown to help protect against heart disease. Choline This nutrient plays an important function for the nervous system, helping to control memory and muscle support. Vitamin D Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, which a lot of North Americans lack in the winter. Protein Eggs are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids. Protein plays an essential role in building, maintaining, and replacing tissues in the body. Over the years, eggs were ‘rumoured’ to be bad for the heart because they contain cholesterol. Recent research indicates, however, that blood cholesterol levels are more influenced by the saturated and trans-fats we eat rather than by the cholesterol in foods. This means that our bodies are not absorbing the cholesterol from foods at a rate even close to the extent that was thought in the past. On top of this, eggs contain Vitamin B12, which is one of the vitamins for heart health. This is a great natural supplement if you’re wondering how to prevent heart disease in women or men! How much cholesterol do we need? The recommended daily cholesterol intake for a healthy person is not more than 300 milligrams per day.  In healthy people, an egg a day will not increase the risk of heart disease and can be part of a healthy diet. Women with heart disease should limit dietary cholesterol to less than 200 mg per day, but you can still have eggs up to 3 times per week. One egg contains: 185mg of cholesterol, all of which is found in the yolk  5 grams of fat, most of which is the ‘good’ unsaturated fat and there is no trans-fat 6 grams of protein So what are your options if you suffer from heart disease and/or are trying to limit your eggs? Have an omelet with one egg yolk and 3 egg whites. Egg whites are pure protein! You can add as many vegetables as you like. Eggs are filling, inexpensive and easy to prepare, so start incorporating them into your diet! By the way…What’s the difference between white eggs and brown eggs? As it turns out, not a whole lot! Brown eggs come from brown hens, and white eggs come from white...

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