Get Into Ketosis with Coconut Oil on the Ketogenic Diet
One of my favorite discoveries when I went Keto was coconut oil!
Not only does it help us keep our fat ratio high enough for nutritional ketosis, it also has some pretty amazing health benefits.
I first became aware of coconut oil when I heard about ketones and their benefits for Alzheimers patients. My Mom is living with Alzheimers so of course this interested me.
From everything I’ve studied, I don’t believe that coconut oil is a cure for this horrible disease, but I do think it is very healthy and we should incorporate it into our keto plan of eating.
What are the benefits of Coconut Oil on the Ketogenic Diet?
- Healthy hair and skin
- stress relief
- raises HDL cholesterol (the good kind)
- helps weight loss
- boosts immune system
- regulates metabolism
If you would like to read the whole explanation of the above, I got the information here from Organic Facts.
How to Use Coconut Oil on the Keto Diet
So, the question is, how do we use coconut oil on a practical daily basis?
I have to admit that a couple of days ago I was at the end of the day and MyFitnessPal told me that I was still way short on my fat but I was all out of carbs and protein.
Yes, I did it. I ate a tablespoon of coconut oil straight up! So that’s one way.
Coconut oil also has a very high smoking point. This means that you can fry stuff in it and it doesn’t break down and oxidize. Remember we want anti-oxidants.
One of my favorite ways to use coconut oil on Keto is to make Keto Coffee. Basically, you take a cup of coffee and put it in the blender with 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp butter or cream and whip it up in a blender. I just love it!
The great thing about it for me is that I don’t usually eat my first meal until 3-4 hours after I wake up.
So this gives me a little high-fat boost to get me through that first part of the day where I am rushing to get ready and getting to my office job.
Other ways to use coconut oil on the keto diet:
- Fry your eggs in it, in fact, cook anything with it!
- Eat it straight up
- Keto Coffee
- Shakes and Smoothies
- Make keto treats and fat bombs (see recipes at bottom of post)
What Kind of Coconut Oil is best on the Keto Diet?
In the markets, you will now see many brands and price points but unfortunately, some of them are not that great.
The most important consideration is refined or unrefined.
Refined coconut oil is made from dried coconut. It does not have the coconut smell or taste and can be used for high heat cooking. It has a long shelf life. If refined is your preference then be sure to look for one that is refined by cold pressed extraction.
Unrefined coconut oil, also called virgin coconut oil is pressed from fresh coconut meat. It has the aroma and taste of coconut and retains all the nutrition and health benefits of the coconut’s MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids).
My own preference is for unrefined organic virgin cold pressed oil. I love the fresh aroma and taste of coconut so it’s great for some of my favorite recipes that use raw coconut oil (see below) and it is still great for higher heat cooking.
Many stores now carry it at hugely inflated prices. I have found that some Costco’s have the organic unrefined coconut oil for a great price but if that is not an option, check them out on Amazon.
They have incredible prices and carry several different brands.