If I were to look in your kitchen cabinets right now, what oils would I find that are actually good for you? Maybe some olive oil? Flaxseed oil? There’s no denying those two oils offer many health benefits, but not as many as coconut oil.
Coconut Oil – A Powerful Superfood
If you were to only buy and use one oil for the rest of your life, it should absolutely be coconut oil. The thing that makes coconut oil so special and explains the numerous health benefits it offers are the unique combination of fatty acids it contains.
Many people become confused when they hear that coconut oil is a saturated fat. “How can a saturated fat be good for me?” they think. First, animal fats are also saturated fats, and they are some of the healthiest fats on the planet and everyone should be eating more of them.
There has been a bit of chicanery in the nutrition world. Saturated fats have been villainized. But these natural fats, including coconut oil, are extremely beneficial. The fats you should stay away from are trans fats. These are manmade fats, unstable and incredibly bad for your health.
In general, a good rule of thumb for your health should be: if nature made it, it’s good; if man made it, run away.
The Benefits of Coconut Oil
The typical American diet is loaded with fats that are made up of long-chain triglycerides. But the fats found in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). These shorter fats go directly to your liver where they turn into a quick source of energy or ketones. Ketones are made when the body burns fat instead of glucose for energy. Ketones are highly beneficial to your brain.
Now let’s take a look at some of the biggest benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut Oil Helps with Weight Loss
As obesity rates continue to climb in the United States, more people are looking for healthy ways to drop those extra pounds. Those medium-chain fatty acids I mentioned in coconut oil? These increase your body’s fat burning capability. This was shown in a study that found that 15-30 grams of medium-chain triglycerides per day increased 24-hour energy use by 5% or 120 calories per day.
But perhaps more importantly, coconut oil has been found to decrease belly fat. Not only is abdominal fat linked to the development of several serious diseases, it also happens to be stubborn and difficult to get rid of. But coconut oil has been found effective at tackling that muffin top. In fact, in one Brazilian study, women with abdominal obesity who took 2 tablespoons of coconut oil per day saw a significant reduction in their waist size over a 12-week period.
Coconut Oil Kills Cravings
If you have tried to fight your cravings for sweet foods, you know it can often feel like you have a monkey on your back. But the healthy fat in coconut oil helps curb cravings. This is most likely because of those ketones I mentioned, which are known to reduce appetite.
Studies have repeatedly shown that people who ate the most medium-chain triglycerides consumed significantly less calories per day, almost 300 calories less each day.
Coconut Oil May Increase “Good” Cholesterol
You know that you want to decrease the “bad” LDL cholesterol in your body, but you should also focus on increasing the good HDL cholesterol. An increase in HDL cholesterol has been linked to a reduced risk of developing heart disease.
One study of 40 women found that coconut oil reduced total and LDL cholesterol while increasing the HDL cholesterol when compared to soybean oil.
Coconut Oil is Great for Skin and Gums
Studies have shown that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of the skin. It can also reduce symptoms of eczema. Coconut oil can even be used for oral health. Oil pulling with coconut oil may help decrease the harmful bacteria in your mouth responsible for gum disease. Plus, it whitens teeth as well!
Coconut Oil Boosts Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients
Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects people worldwide. While it typically occurs in elderly individuals, it can strike people in their 40s.
One of the common disfunctions in the Alzheimer’s brain is that is has a reduced ability to use glucose for energy. Researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning brain cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s. A 2006 study found MCTs led to improvement in cognition in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer’s.
Adding More Coconut Oil to Your Diet
Now that you know there is one superior oil that can really boost your overall health, you might be wondering how to get more of it in your diet. It’s simple really. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Cook with it instead of other oils or butter
- Add it to smoothies
- Add it to soups
- Add it to your coffee
- Add it to fruit smoothies for a nice, creamy texture
It’s important to buy the right kind of coconut oil, so be sure to look for unrefined, organic, and virgin. In addition, be sure to consume coconut oil from an ethical source that is fair trade certified.
If you haven’t been eating enough coconut oil, now’s the time to make the switch. It’s easy, delicious, and your health will thank you.
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