You’ve probably heard about it. People putting spoons of coconut oil in their tea, saying that it will help health and help them lose weight. But is Green tea with coconut oil really worth the hype?
Green Tea and Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?
Nutritional Therapist Daniel O’Shaughnessy, known for his blog “the naked nutritionist”, claims that it has numerous health benefits and can be useful in diet, even going so far as giving the mixture the moniker “Bulletproof Green Tea”.
This superman of a beverage contains high levels of antioxidants and there has been research whether it has effect on weight loss or aging. Coconut oil is, as critics have stated, saturated fat but it also source of medium chain fatty acids, which has been linked to many health benefits including increasing metabolism.
Coconut oil also contains Lauric Acid which has been shown to benefit immunity to disease and to bone health. Green tea with a tablespoon of Coconut oil, or “Bulletproof Green Tea”, can help curb appetite and maybe help prime the body to burn fat.
Miranda Kerr, an Australian model, is a known user of coconut oil in her diet is reported to have said,
“I will not go a day without coconut oil. I personally take four tablespoons per day, either on my salads, in my cooking or in my cups of green tea.”
In response to her claim, many doctors, including the World Health Organization have deemed this degree of coconut oil as risky. It is saturated and those doctors make the claim that this consumption of saturated fat may lead to coronary problems.
There are definitely two schools of thought in terms of coconut oil. One, that because it is indeed and oil and a fat – believe it should not be made part of a daily diet and could be replaced by other things in your diet by other things – maybe even cracking out that dark chocolate bar.
The other side cites that the high quantity of lauric acid in coconut oil and that the oil is converted into immediate energy, not fat, outweighs any negative effects, if any.
Whatever school you find yourself in, coconut oil in your tea is definitely something to try. You may not come out of it looking like Miranda Kerr, but with something cool enough to be called “bulletproof”, why not give this super tea a try? All you need to do is brew that mug of green tea and put a spoon of coconut oil in it – and you’re ready to rock out and next time you’ll be bulletproof.
Coconut Oil in Tea for Sore Throat
Green tea in itself can be great to fight sore throat. It reduces inflammation which is often the cause of a sore throat. Adding coconut oil will even improve the effect, as it further soothes your throat.
Green Tea and Coconut Oil for Hair
It’s true that certain herbal teas, such as rosemary tea, is good for a hair rinse. There’s no scientific proof though that green tea also works. I can imagine that coconut oil could work, but there’s also no proof for this for now.
Green Tea and Coconut Oil Face Mask
How to use coconut oil on face for wrinkles and acne? It’s simple, just make your own face masks! The results before and after will amaze you.
This is an excellent idea as green tea contains anti-oxidants that’s great for skin, while the coconut oil further ads vitamins for a healthy skin. We highly recommend to use matcha powder though instead of loose leaves or tea bags.
Simply mix 1/2 tablespoon matcha powder with 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1/2 tablespoon of water. Stir it until it’s well mixed and apply it on your face. Now relax for 20 minutes and wash it off!
Note that such a mask can be repeated twice a week. If you want to enjoy the coconut oil more, then simply apply it also as a night creme. Whether this suits your skin really depends on your individual skin type.
What About Coconut Oil in Black tea?
For skin and hair purposes you’ll be better off with green tea with coconut oil compared to black tea. Green tea leaves are less oxidised and therefore more antioxidants are preserved.
Green tea is also more anti inflammatory which means it helps more against a sore throat as well. Yet, the differences between black and green tea are relatively small as they’re both made from the same tea plant. If you’re not fan of green tea, then going for black tea with coconut oil can work as well. An even better alternative to try could be white tea.
Can I drink Coconut Oil in Tea at Night?
Yes, definitely. In fact, consuming some coconut oil before bed is great for nourishing your skin while you sleep. However, keep in mind that green tea contains caffeine. This might hurt the dept of your sleep, which is in fact bad for your skin. Therefore, switch to a caffeine free herbals such as Chrysanthemum flower tea or Rooibos. They both taste delicious with coconut oil.