Susan Dopart, our resident RD, recently had an article published in the Huffington Post titled, “In Defense of Fat: 7 Surprising Facts.” Some of these facts may surprise you. Check out the article and pay close attention to fact #3.
3. Saturated fat is not the evil villain to avoid.
Once thought to be the villain, many health care professionals recommended avoiding all sources of saturated fat (fat that is solid at room temperature). We now know that having some saturated fat will not break your health bank and some types of saturated fat can be part of a healthy diet.
One healthy source of saturated fat is extra-virgin, organic coconut oil. Coconut oil contains a type of MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil called lauric acid that is only found here and in mother’s breast milk. Lauric acid is a powerful immune stimulant and may help in preventing sickness. In addition, coconut oil is safe to use at high temperatures since it is saturated and the molecules cannot be damaged. I’ve tried many brands of coconut oil and my favorite one is Kelapo — great for stir-frying veggies and your morning eggs.