The Active Times Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is made from the dried nut of a coconut palm tree. It is commonly found on the shelves of supermarkets and health food stores. Due to its health benefits, the demand for this oil has spiked dramatically over the years.

What makes it so special? Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a unique form of saturated fats that have been proven to have positive health effects. It is safe to eat and has a wide variety of healing properties.

Coconut oil is one of the world's most weight-loss friendly fats. It has been regarded as a "superfood." Because it contains less calories than other oils, chefs have begun using it in restaurants for frying and baking instead of butter. Coconut oil has magical anti-aging effects, and has been used as a natural remedy for beauty while strengthening hair and moisturizing skin.

It has been proven that countries like the Philippines and India have fewer cases of heart disease and obesity because they consume high amounts of coconut oil (The Healthy Home Economist). Improving digestion, preventing high blood pressure and fighting off infections are just a few of the other health effects.

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