Dr Oz: Popular Coconut Products
Coconut seems to be absolutely everywhere lately! From coconut oil to coconut water or milk, and even coconut butter and coconut sugar! But are all those coconut products really as healthy as they claim to be? Keri Glassman, a nutritionist, explained that coconut used to get a bad rap because it’s mostly saturated fat, but multiple studies have shown that those particular kinds of saturated fats actually have quite a few health benefits. Keri is a fan of coconut fan herself!
Dr Oz: Coconut Oil & Healthy Saturated Fats
So between coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut milk, where do they all come from? When you open a coconut, you see the liquid inside which is water. The white part is the meat. You can extract oil from the meat to make coconut oil or you can mix the meat with water to make milk.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and, again, is high in good saturated fat. Research has shown that coconut oil can actually improve your HGL good cholesterol, making it heart healthy. The negative is that it has about 120 calories per tablespoon, so it’s easy to go overboard. It should only be eaten in moderation. To be sure you’re getting good coconut oil, look for cold-pressed, which means chemicals weren’t used to extract the oil. It also helps to look for organic.
Keri then explained that coconut oil has been linked to weight loss because fat provides satiety, which means a lower appetite. Plus, the healthy fats are metabolized and digested differently than other fats so they’re more readily available to be used for energy.
Dr Oz: Coconut Milk Benefits
As for coconut milk, it’s a great product for someone who is lactose intolerant or vegan, but still want milk with calcium and vitamins. Keri especially loves coconut milk because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, plus it tastes good! It’s important to keep in mind that coconut milk is often diluted with water, which is why they’re lower in calories. Many coconut milks sold in cartons have chemicals in them as well as sweeteners. Look for unsweetened coconut milk.
Dr Oz: Should You Drink Coconut Water
Coconut water is a great natural sports drink because it contains more potassium and less sugar than a traditional sports drink. Keri explained that it makes a good sports drink replacement, which means you really should only drink it on a super hot day or if you’re exercising for more than an hour and a half and sweating a lot. You shouldn’t replace all your water with coconut water.
Dr Oz: Coconut Oil For Your Skin
So what about using coconut products for your body? Keri shared that she keeps coconut oil in her kitchen and in her bathroom at all times. She loves it for her skin because of the antibacterial properties. If you have acne, you can apply coconut oil to your skin to prevent more acne and irritation. Keri also uses coconut oil to remove her makeup, while protecting her skin at the same time. Make sure your hands are clean, apply it directly to your face, then use a cleanser to wash your face.
Dr Oz: Coconut Oil For Shiny Hair + Oil Pulling
You can also use coconut oil on your hair to hydrate dry hair. Coconut oil is great to add shine as well. After you clean your hair, apply coconut oil and let it sit on your hair for an hour. Then get back in the shower and wash it out. Start at your roots and apply it downward.
Finally, oil pulling is a technique that requires you to swish a tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for about 20 minutes without swallowing, then spit it out. The theory is that the oil is pulling bacteria out of your mouth to improve oral health, reduce bad breath, and maybe even whiten your teeth. Dr Oz said “I’d rather have cavities” after trying!