I’ve been a huge fan of coconut oil for over 10 years now.
It’s a real staple in the BePure way of eating, we go through bucket loads of this super clean saturated fat.
This week I sat down with Steve at BePure who asked me why I’m so crazy for coconut oil…
What are 3 reasons you love coconut oil?
1) It’s a really clean saturated fat without toxins, as it’s usually from an organic source. Unlike other saturated fats where the toxins in the animal can potentially accumulate in the fat.
2) It’s a very stable fat so it’s brilliant to use in high heat cooking, chemically its stays together very nicely.
3) Being a medium chain triglyceride it’s very easy on the digestive system, which makes it very easy for your body to digest and utilize.
Apart from cooking what’s your favourite use of coconut oil?
Oil pulling: Which is where you put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth, swirl it around for 10-20 minutes and then you spit it out (into a bin).
What that does is really help knock down the unfriendly bacteria that are associated with tooth decay, it also helps drain the lymphatic system and lymphatic saliva ducts into the mouth, which starts draining the lymphatic system for the jaw.
It’s really important to drain the lymphatic system for the jaw because a lot of people have root canals or minor infections in their mouth, which can have a systemic load on the whole body. So the more we can help the lymphatic system drain out through the jaw and out through these glands the better.
It can also help people with bad breath as well.
What’s the best coconut oil to use?
The best coconut oil is cold pressed virgin organic. There are lots of these available on the market.
I’m not a fan of the deoderised versions where they’ve been heated at a low heat to take the coconut flavour away.
What else is coconut oil good for?
Coconut oil is great for stabilising blood sugar levels and a good source of energy.
You can add it to smoothies, to your cooking, stir-frys and baking. This article from Wellness Mama has 101 uses for coconut oil.
It really is an all round high performer and as I said it’s a clean stable fat. In the modern world that’s a really good thing.
Do you have any other sneaky cool uses for it?
To help stimulate bowel movements you can drink a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of molasses in hot water at night.
That helps to stimulate a bowel movement in the morning.
Who would that be good for?
That would be good for most people as most people are constipated and have very slow transit times, which means food is staying in their body for too long.
I like people to be moving 30cm of fecal matter a day, so having this drink in the evening can be helpful.
You’ve been in the media talking about coconut oil recently, what was that about?
The Heart Foundation came out and slammed coconut oil because it was a saturated fat.
The interesting thing about that was I started looking at where they got their research from. They used a consultant that worked for the food industry first and foremost so there’s already a biased, and the consultant they used was essentially an olive oil expert.
He had a look at the research and found a couple of studies that coconut oil raised cholesterol and so they slammed it for that reason.
But it was obvious to me when looking at the research the consultant used didn’t know the difference between good and bad cholesterol, and so what the research actually showed was that coconut oil actually raised the good cholesterol more than the bad chloesterol, which is actually beneficial to heart disease, so I wanted to let people know that through the media.
Can you eat too much coconut oil in a day?
I like people to eat fat generally to their macronutrient profile, so if somebodies more of a protein type sort of person then I’m very happy for them to be eating lots of fat.
If someones more of a carbohydrate type person then generally they’re not going to want too much fat anyway.
Coconut oil is generally very well tolerated because it’s a medium chain triglyceride, so its much easier for the body to break down and absorb, and generally very well tolerated by all genetic types.
How about a recipe?
Here’s one of our favourite recipes from my new 10 Day Clean Eating Programme.
Not only is it a delicious and nutritious twist on the old burger and chips, it uses lots of coconut oil, enjoy : )
Ingredients (Serves 2)
500g beef or lamb mince (with a good fat content – not lean or premium mince)
1 onion finely sliced
1-2 Tbsp. brown rice flour
3 garlic cloves crushed
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme, rosemary or mint or 2 tsp. dried thyme
1 Tbsp. tamari
1 Tbsp. whole-grain mustard
1 tsp. cumin seeds lightly dry roasted (optional)
1 tsp. chilli flakes (optional)
Unrefined sea-salt and pepper
1-2 Tbsp. coconut oil or lard for frying
4 large lettuce leaves to be used as the ‘buns’
1 grated carrot, 1/4 red onion finely sliced
1/2 grated beetroot
1 cup finely chopped leafy greens, chopped red cabbage
1 heirloom tomato sliced
Finely sliced mint and parsley or micro-greens (optional)
Sugar-free pickle or relish
Parsnip or Kumara Chips
3 large parsnips or 2 kumara peeled and cut into chips
1-2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Unrefined kelp salt and pepper
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees. Prepare the kumara or parsnip chips, par-boil in a pot for 5 minutes, strain and coat with oil in an oven-proof dish, season well with salt and pepper and bake/fan-bake for 10-20 mins. If you don’t par-boil then just bake parsnip/kumara for 45mins.
2. Put all the burger ingredients (mince, egg, rice flour, mustard, tamari, spices, salt, pepper and herbs) in a bowl and mix with your hands. Gently form mince into patties (the size you like) – don’t press the mixture together too much. Gently flatten the patties.
3. Heat the barbecue or a heavy pan with oil and then add the patties and cook for about 5 minutes each side (avoid pressing the patties down as this squeezes out the juices). As you are cooking the burgers, prepare all the vegetable fillings.
4. Assemble the burgers and serve with cooked vegetable chips and relish.