Fats – why coconut oil and ghee are great foods.
Ghee (clarified butter) or Organic raw coconut oil/ butter are healthy choices if you are using high heat for cooking/ frying. This is because they are saturated fats, therefore more stable when heated. Olive oil is fine for lower heat, but, minimise use of refined sunflower, safflower and corn oils and other polyunsaturates ( found in many margarines )which become unstable at high temperatures. Ghee also tastes great on toast as it aids digestion, but sadly in most people it can raise LDL Cholesterol, therefore use only in moderation!
Coconut butter/oil is also rich in medium chain fatty acids which are assimilated quickly by the body; providing a great source of energy and fatty acids which give a feeling of fullness thus reducing food cravings. Coconut butter is also high in Lauric acid – found in breast milk- which helps boost immunity. It does not go rancid like mass produced oils and margarines when heated but only use raw / organic / unprocessed coconut butter.
‘Kara’ in the UK produce a great tasting coconut milk which is marvellous for people like me who cannot tolerate animal dairy products or soya milk. It’s high in calcium and Lauric Acid (which boosts immune function), but low in cholesterol. Great in Tea, Coffee , for cereals and baking.