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Coconut Craze

7308-eat7There’s been a lot of hype about coconut oil in the past few years. Some like to cook with it, and some apply it directly to their skin.

What separates this oil from any other is that it’s rich in lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin. That has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil is also rich in capric acid, which offers some of the same benefits that help protect you from infections.

Physiologist and biochemist Ray Peat, Ph.D., considers coconut oil an antioxidant due to its stability and resistance to oxidation and free-radical formation.

Studies have shown that coconut oil is also rich in medium-chain fatty acids, which stimulate your body’s metabolism and help you trim excess bodyfat. Keep in mind that this unique oil is also very sensitive to its surroundings. It liquefies when it’s warm and hardens in the cold.

—Ninette Terhart


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