Even if you are not looking to lose body fat, and choose other means of fueling and re hydrating, coconut still offers other benefits for endurance athletes, and I recommend including it regularly in your diet especial for cyclist.
I actually ran out of chamois butter about more than 3 month before. I realize it as I was about to head out on a long ride. My cyclist friend provides me suggestion for trying the coconut oil. Because I have suffered with saddle sores off and on for the entire cycling career. I never got by the LBS to get any cream, so continued with the coconut oil. I am about 3 week into using the coco oil and have had no re occurrence with the sores. So far, I am sold.
More benefit and uses of coconut oil
- It is energy dense, so provides a good source of easily digested extra calories. Try the chunks of raw coconut available from supermarkets as a quick snack between meals.
- It contains a wide range of metabolically important micro nutrients, including zinc and vitamin C, as well as the electrolytes already mentioned.
- It is a safe fat to use when cooking at high temperatures as it does not break down as quickly
- as unsaturated fats such as olive oil and vegetable oils. Perfect for stir-fries! And you can’t taste the coconut flavor.
- If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to milk proteins, coconut milk and yogurts make great alternatives. Try Kara milk (karadairyfree.com)
- And Co Yo yogurts (coy.co.uk) – both delicious.
- Finally, the caprylic acids found in coconut oil have been shown to have anti-microbial actions, so may help to fight against infection, while la uric acid in coconut converts to monolaurin, which is thought to play a role in the immune system. Try adding a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil to recovery drinks and smoothies.
Note for cyclist:
Probably 80% chamois cream as good as real chamois cream. The only significant difference would be the lack of any anti-bacterial properties Peanut butter makes great chamois butter. Be sure to use smooth rather than crunchy; also avoid using if you are allergic from peanuts.
We also able to have made a mix of Shea, almond oil, oregano oil, and tea tree oil. Works wonderful and have not had one saddle sore since I started using this combo 8 months ago.