Is Coconut Oil Candida Diet Approved?
A common question from those on a yeast free Candida Diet is whether coconut oil is okay to eat since fruit should be avoided due to high natural sugar content. The answer is absolutely yes!
Coconut oil is actually sugar free, and it is a very powerful antifungal that can be used to help fight yeast infections and other problems associated with yeast overgrowth.
Use Coconut Oil to Fight Candida
Coconut oil is made up of three main fatty acids, Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid. These three are in a group called medium chain fatty acids which are smaller than many other fatty acids. The benefit of these smaller medium chain fatty acids is that they can easily penetrate the cell membranes of Candida cells, and when they do, they essentially kill the cell which allows your body to move the infection out.
Medium chain fatty acids like those found in coconut oil also travel to the liver where they are converted to energy for your body to use, and aren’t stored as fat as many other fatty acids. This means that coconut can actually help you lose weight and burn more calories naturally and has also been shown to reduce appetite which can help you feel full faster and keep the extra calories off from the start!
Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
There are a number of ways coconut oil can be used to fight Candida overgrowth and help keep you healthy.
- It is an excellent oil to use in cooking. Use it to fry or sauté foods or as a butter substitute in baking.
- If you are serious about using it to fight Candida, it can be taken by itself or mixed in a smoothie. You can start by eating 1-2 tablespoons per day, and increase if you think you might benefit from a higher dosage. Just increase slowly, and back off if you start having stomach upset.
- Coconut oil can be used as a spread or dressing to incorporate it into your daily meal plan. Use it in place of butter.
- Coconut oil can also be used topically if you have patches of outbreaks from Candida. If you are experiencing skin flare ups associated with yeast, you still need to treat the problem internally, but coconut oil can offer some external relief when applied directly on the skin.
The health benefits of coconut oil are well documented and include the lowering of bad cholesterol, the reduction in the risk of heart disease and the powerful antifungal properties and healthy fats that can help stave off infections and provide a potent health boost when used as a regular part of a balanced diet.
For more of the best yeast fighting foods and delicious recipes check out the Candida Diet Cookbook.