Virgin Coconut oil If there was an oil you could use for your daily cooking needs that helped protect you from degenerative conditions, improved your digestion, strengthen your immune system, protect you from infectious illnesses, and helped you lose excess weight, would you be interested? Well... here are some facts about pure virgin coconut oil..... All fats and oils are composed of fat molecules called fatty acids. There are two methods of classifying fatty acids. The one you are most familiar is based on saturation. You have saturated fatty acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The second method of classification is based on molecular size or length of the carbon chain in the fatty acid. You have short-chain fatty acids, medium-chain fatty acids, and long-chain fatty acids. Another term you will often see in reference to fatty acids is triglyceride. Three fatty acids joined together make a triglyceride, so you may have short-chain triglycerides, medium-chain triglycerides, or long-chain triglycerides. The vast majority of the fats and oils you eat, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from an animal or a plant, are composed of long-chain triglycerides. Probably 98 to 100% of all the fats we eat consist of long-chain triglycerides. Coconut oil is unique because it is composed predominately of medium-chain triglycerides. The size of the fatty acid is extremely important because the physiological effects of medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are distinctly different from the long-chain fatty acids more commonly found in our diet. It's the medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil that make it different from all other fats and for the most part gives it its unique character and healing properties. Almost all of the medium-chain triglycerides used in research, medicine, and food products come from coconut oil. Medium-chain triglycerides are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use quickly nourishing the body. Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing. Coconut oil is digested through a different pathway to the common long chain fats found in other oils as it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream and rapidly converted to energy by the liver. Use it in omelets, desserts, muffins, cakes, smoothies, brush it over a chicken to roast and over the pumpkin, potatoes it makes them crisp and crunchy on the outside... I am sure you can think of lots more ways in which you can incorporate it into your diet and for a special chocolate treat. Coconut oil chilli chocolate 5 tablespoons of pure (100%) coco powder 5 tablespoons of pure natural, virgin, cold pressed coconut oil - melt it to a liquid Coconut sugar to taste, even though it has a low glycemic index of 35 (which is excellent) - it is still sugar, but you are getting the benefit of the fact it is coconut! Pinch of cayenne - depending on how hot you like it! Quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon powder Pure vanilla extract Mix, put into glass Pyrex dish, sit on bench for 30 mins to set, it goes glassy on top. Score it so that it will be easier to get out of the dish in pieces.. Put the lid on container, pop in fridge and enjoy whenever.... You can change the flavor of the chocolate, peppermint, dried fruit (be careful of the high sugar content). One of my favorites is to get organic soft dried apricots (preservative free) and dip them on one side in the chocolate.. That way you get a double whammy benefit from the coconut and the apricots.. Of course fresh strawberries dipped in this chocolate is another special treat... Just let your imagination go wild with the different flavors .. Only as a special treat though! There are so many other benefits to be gained from introducing coconut oil into one’s diet. Google Dr Bruce Fife, he is one of the worlds leading experts on the many benefits of the oil. Disclaimer: The information on dietary factors, foods, and beverages contained in this article does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side effects, and interactions. It is not intended as medical advice for individual problems. Liability for individual actions or omissions based upon the contents of this article is expressly disclaimed. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions including the taking of supplements.