Coconut oil has innumerable uses these days. It is used invariably in the manufacture of cosmetics, cooking and even in the manufacture of pet care products to name a few. Coconut oil is widely used in cooking since many centuries. But nowadays people have also found out a host of other uses for this ‘wonder oil’. It can add gloss to your hair when used in hair masks; it moisturizes and soothes your skin if applied before or after bath and it can also make your pets healthy.
Recent research has found that coconut oil is not suitable for use in the kitchen. But still chefs across the world are using it because of the specific flavor it adds to a particular dish. A Harvard professor has even went on to say that coconut oil is pure poison and hence should not be used in cooking.
Let us have a look at some of the uses of coconut oil
Research studies have found that coconut oil is quite helpful for people suffering from hair loss. The oil goes deep inside the hair follicles and strengthens the hair thus preventing hair loss
Get rid of makeup
We all know the difficulty involved in removing make up after a long day. Fortunately coconut oil acts as a savior for this purpose. Skin doctors recommend applying coconut oil and wiping it with a clean tissue to remove make up. Also you should wash your skin with water and apply a good moisturizer after removing the makeup.
Softens the skin
Coconut oil can double up as a wonderful moisturizes as it soothes and nourishes the skin making it soft. It has also proved to be beneficial for people suffering from skin conditions like atopic dermatitis. Coconut oil can be also used as a bath oil owing to its moisturizing properties
These days people are practicing oil pulling in which they use oil as a mouth wash. Coconut oil has been found to be extremely beneficial in this area as it can reduce gingivitis and plaque when used on a regular basis for a period of one week
Helpful for pets
The Drake Center has reported in its findings that pets will not suffer from inflammatory bowel disease or itchiness on consumption of coconut oil. But one should consult a good vet regarding the dosage.
The usage of coconut oil in kitchens is under the scanner since some time. This is because coconut oil comprises of about 92 percent saturated fat which in turn has been found to cause a build up of cholesterol increasing the risk of heart disease. But the oil is irreplaceable as far as flavors are concerned according to some chefs.
Contrary to the popular belief, coconut oil is not great for weight watchers. It has a very high fat content. If people forget to exercise after consuming coconut oil it might result in excess storage of fat which in turn will make you to pile on pounds when it comes to body weight.
Coconut oil is no substitute for extra virgin olive oil which in turn is quite beneficial in burning fats and reducing the amount of bad cholesterol. According to experts, coconut oil should be used as a substitute for olive oil only if the dish demands it or to enhance the flavors.
Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil
According to popular belief, the coconut oil which we get over the counter in shops is not the same as virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil gets its name because it is made using fresh coconut milk and is usually unrefined. Normal coconut oil on the other hand is made from the edible part of dried coconuts. The oil that is obtained from this dried coconut is cleaned, colored and even scented with fragrance before packing it.
As mentioned before, one should use coconut oil for cooking only for its flavors. It can be used instead of butter by vegetarians and people who wish to avoid dairy products in their diet. The oil has a good smoking point which makes it great for cooking in getting the adequate temperature. While coconut oil comes with numerous benefits, experts are of the opinion that it should not be used in cooking unless the dish demands its flavor.