Coconut Oil And Your Thyroid
Diets that derive most of their calories from unhealthy fats can have a negative effect on your thyroid function, as well as your blood glucose levels(5).
Therefore, it’s important to make sure that your diet is balanced and contains sources of healthy fats.
Until several years ago, coconut oil was largely thought to be a “bad” form of fat to consume, but times have changed – and so has the attitude of the larger medical community towards this previously-misunderstood food.
With a long shelf life and more saturated fatty acids than any other non-hydrogenated oil, it is used everywhere from South Asian cuisine to movie theater popcorn.
Making Coconut Oil Part Of Your Diet
Coconut oil is affordable, accessible, and best of all it’s incredibly versatile when it comes to cooking. It can be melted and used in stir fries or curries, or drizzled over salads. It also makes a good substitution for vegetable oil in baking.
Coconut oil doesn’t just have uses in the kitchen – many people swear by its cosmetic properties as a moisturizer for hair and skin as well.
In addition to making coconut oil a part of your diet, there are other ways to feed your thyroid.
These include cutting down on gluten consumption and following an anti-inflammatory diet like the Mediterranean diet, which has been shown to be great for promoting heart health(8).
Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals like iron, iodine, B vitamins, selenium, and omega 3 fatty acids and avoid thyroid-disrupting chemicals such as dioxins(9).
Finally, take steps to minimize stress in your life – excessive stress and anxiety can exacerbate existing thyroid disorders(10).