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Jul 17

Coconut Oil Craze

Posted By iamincontrol | July 17, 2018

Coconut oil seemed to have popped up out of nowhere. It started appearing in grocery stores, in recipes and there’s been countless articles posted about how to use it for your hair and skin. But the question is, is it actually that good for you?

Coconut oil, when eaten raises “bad” cholesterol. It contains a high amount of saturated fat. At the same time, it raises “good” cholesterol since it’s a fat. Cholesterol is found in your blood and helps with body functions. According to experts, coconut oil is not as healthy as other cooking oils so it shouldn’t be your first choice. When cooking, you should try to use olive oil or vegetable oil when needed.

As for its beauty benefits, it might not be as good as some claim. Coconut oil doesn’t absorb very well into skin or hair. It sits as a layer on top. There are oils that are better for your hair or absorbing into the skin. Some examples are olive oil or castor oil. Castor oil also kills harmful bacteria which can help hair grow. Not all oils are equal but some of them can have major health benefits. If you’re looking to use oils for beauty, make sure to do some research on which one would be best. Coconut oil may not be the best choice for cooking or beauty right now, but research is still being done on it. Everybody is different though so remember, what works for one person may not work for another.

For more information of coconut oil and health, check out:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/coconut-oil