I’ve gone coco loco. As in mad for coconuts, coconut oil, in particular.
It came into my life a few months ago when I read about oil pulling. This is the Ayurvedic dental technique, where you put a spoonful of coconut oil – it’s solid at room temperature, so it feels weird until it melts – in your gob and swill it around for 20 minutes, sucking it through your teeth.
At the end you spit the now thin foamy liquid out into your bin, not your sink, because it will harden again, blocking your drains.
It’s meant to whiten teeth, soften plaque and remove bacteria from the mouth, which is good for all round health.
I started doing it because after taking so many heavy duty antibiotics my tongue had a really nasty coating and my mouth tasted funny.
I also feared I had death breath.
It has definitely helped and while I don’t do it every day religiously, I do it quite often. It’s surprising how quickly you get used to it. I admit I rather enjoy it now.
Even more so because my tongue is pink again and I do think I have less plaque on my back teeth.
So I’m a fan of oil pulling, although I don’t subscribe to the usual American hysterical reaction where there are now crazed blog posts all over the internet claiming that it can cure cancer and every other disease known to man.
That’s clearly bollocks.
I am normally very wary of superfood fads, because of that kind of carry on. It amuses me every time I go to New York to see what the latest food obsession is. There’s always something and immediately it’s everywhere.
I can only imagine how much extra virgin organic coconut oil there on Manhattan right now. It might sink under the weight.
But despite all that, coconut oil seems to be playing a bigger part in my life every day.
It’s a big part of Amelia Freer’s weight loss and health boosting regime. Amelia is a great believer in the health benefits of coconut oil, for its nutritional benefits – and she also subscribes to the increasingly accepted belief that it helps you lose weight.
I can’t be bothered to go into the science of this, so please read these excellent post by Sarah Wilson, which explains it all.
I cook with it whenever possible and if I decide to use olive oil because I don’t want the slight tropical flavour in my Italian style dinner, like Sarah, I’ll munch on a spoonful of coconut oil at the end of my meal. It’s very satiating, so you feel full for ages.
And when you only eat sugar once a week, as I have for the last four months, it tastes great.
So between oil pulling, frying and munching, coconut oil has become part of my daily life. Now it’s making inroads into my beauty routine.
I’m typing this with a load of it on my hair (zapped in the microwave to melt it), to see whether it’s as good an overnight moisturising hair mask as is widely claimed. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
I will also be trying it out as eye make up remover.
For more on all that read this by Lauren Conrad.
Celebrities are mad about it too. Gwynnie is oil pulling like mad (of course she is…), Angelina has it for breakfast, Jennifer fries her nachos in it and Miranda Kerr doesn’t go a day without it – and she’s looking good on it…
Are any of you going coco loco too?