I was always taught that using coconut oil and eating (a lot of) coconut was bad for your health because the oil was high in saturated fats which are bad for health.

Fresh coconut, both pieces and grated.

Fresh coconut, both pieces and grated.

Since I love the taste of coconuts, I was thrilled to hear that their saturated fats actually ARE healthy because they increase the ability of the body to absorb nutrients and may reduce cholesterol. They also contain lauric acid which has been shown to help fight viruses. In addition, they increase the production of ketones which are good for the brain. In fact, research is being done with coconut oil as a possible treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. 

Kerala cooking uses a lot of coconut in the food. From Coconut Chutney to Puttu, it is used on a daily basis. I am thrilled with this news and look forward to continued frequent use of coconut!

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