Since 2011 the popularity of coconut oil products has increased exponentially with the Western world playing catch up with Asian countries, who for a long time knew all about the benefits.
The Western world demand came to a certain extent from a feature story in an episode of Dr Oz’s daytime television show coinciding with stories of celebrities sharing their health trends.
At around the same time Australian model Miranda Kerr stated she uses coconut oil on salads and in cups of green tea. Suki Waterhouse talked about using it on her face and Gwyneth Paltrow piped up to tell us she uses the product on pretty much everything, including her face and skin as well as in the kitchen for cooking.
There are many claims that are made about coconut oil, including the fact it can control sugar cravings, control weight, ease digestion and boost metabolism. Naturally coconut oil does have antioxidant properties which can be a part of a healthy diet, but not necessary for optimal nutrition.
Extra virgin olive oil, in comparison, is proven for its health benefits. In health circles, the benefits of coconut oil remain a subject of debate, with some doctors saying more studies are needed to prove claims that it boosts energy, lowers cholesterol and helps you lose weight.
Coconut oil is considered a solid fat whether virgin or refined, as it is high in saturated fat. A Choice investigation revealed one tablespoon of coconut oil provides 490kJ (117 calories), 13.6g total fat (11.8 saturated fat), no protein or carbohydrates, and only trace amounts of a few nutrients.
Australia’s love with coconut oil during 2016 – 2017 shows we’re not slowing down with net demand worth more than $35 million.
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