Coconut oil is incredibly popular — and for good reason.
It offers many health benefits, has a delicate taste, and is widely available.
It’s also an extremely versatile oil with a number of uses you may not be aware of.
Here are 29 clever uses for coconut oil.
When applied to your skin, coconut oil may protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, which raise your risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkling and brown spots.
In fact, one study found that coconut oil blocks about 20% of the sun’s UV rays.
However, keep in mind that it doesn’t provide the same protection as conventional sunscreen, which blocks about 90% of UV rays.
Another study estimated that coconut oil has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 7, which is still lower than the minimum recommendation in some countries.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These are fatty acids that are quickly absorbed and can increase the number of calories you burn.
Controlled studies have shown that MCTs can significantly boost your metabolic rate — at least temporarily.
One study found that 15–30 grams of MCTs increased the number of calories burned by an average of 120 over a 24-hour period.
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