YOU must have been living under a rock in the desert if you haven't heard sometime in the last half century that saturated fats are bad for your health.
The media has been banging on about it for at least the last 50 years, how consuming saturated fats adds to our Alzheimer's, cardiovascular and obesity woes.
Yet South Pacific Islanders have been consuming 30-60% of their total calorie intake from saturated coconut oil for thousands of years and still have next to no cardiovascular disease.
Well interestingly enough, what's coming to light now is that not all saturated fats are created equally bad.
The fats that are artificially saturated through a man-made process of hydrogenation are the ones you really need to stay clear of.
These are also known as trans-fats.
Hydrogenation is done purely to preserve the food for a longer shelf life than for any health reason and occurs by adding one molecule of hydrogen to the heated fat.
Some fats, like in coconut oil, are naturally occurring and have been shown to have significant health properties such as improving heart health and skin health, increasing metabolism, boosting your thyroid, and promoting lean body mass and weight loss if needed.
Coconut oil is comprised of nearly 50% of lauric acid - a fat rarely found in nature.
The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is known for its strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protazoa properties, making coconut oil a great natural immune accelerator.
Monolaurin has been shown to help fight viruses and bacteria such as influenza, herpes, heliobacter pylori and even HIV.
Coconut oil is also comprised of medium chain fatty acids which are more easily digested and immediately processed by the liver for energy - similar to carbohydrates but without the insulin spike.
Another bonus of medium chain fatty acids is that they boost your metabolism and can help your body use fat for energy, creating a more leaner you.
By helping to control your weight, it can be said that coconut oil can dramatically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Let's not forget the wonders coconut oil does for your skin.
It acts as a moisturizer for all types of skin, especially dry and aging skin.
It can also help with skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and others.
So when it comes to cooking with heat chose coconut oil.
Due to its molecular structure, coconut oil is more stable and less likely to go rancid.
On that note too - did you know that olive oil (monounsaturated oil) should never be used for cooking?
It goes rancid quickly when put on heat as do polyunsaturated oils like canola, sunflower and soy.