It's no secret that coconut oil is good for you, but how could this be when the majority of the calories in coconut oil come from saturated fats?
Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations, who get 30-60% of their total caloric intake from fully saturated coconut oil, have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease? Why? Not all saturated fats are created equal!
Saturated fats have a bad rap. That can most likely be attributed to the kind of saturated fats that are man-made, meaning they do not occur in nature and are created through a process called hydrogenation. This process produces an oil with an increased shelf life, and thus one that is appealing to capital interests, but not at all beneficial for health. In short, these man-made saturated fats are known to increase LDL, the bad cholesterol, and cause a wide variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and weight gain, among many others.
In stark contrast to these man-made saturated fats, however, coconut oil is full of natural saturated fats, which function quite differently in the body.
All fats are made up of chains of carbon and hydrogen, and the length of that carbon chain is what determines whether a fat is a short, medium or long chain triglyceride. Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride. Medium chain triglycerides, or MCT's, have between 6 and 12 carbons and are easily digested and utilized by the body, rather than stored as fat.
MCTs are sent directly to your liver, bypassing the need for pancreatic lipase and bile salts for absorption, where they are converted into immediately available energy rather than being stored as fat. In contrast, long chain triglycerides, found in many vegetable and nut oils, put strain on your liver, pancreas and entire digestive system, eventually being stored as fat rather than used for immediate energy.
In a 2008 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that those who were selected to consume coconut oil rather than olive oil as part of a weight-loss program over 16 weeks experienced greater energy expenditure and improved weight loss.
Coconut oil primes your body to run on fats, leading to a leaner, more toned physique. This can help to make that time you spend at the gym even more valuable, helping you see results faster. The fat in coconut oil actually helps your body lose fat and keep it off, while improving both the way you feel and the internal health of your body!
Cholesterol is another factor in how man-made saturated fats impact the body as compared to the natural saturated fat found in coconut oil. There are two types of cholesterol: A good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. These two types of cholesterol are denoted based on the two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol throughout the body.
Low density lipoprotein, or LDL, is the bad cholesterol. High levels of LDL can lead to heart attacks and strokes through plaque accumulation, which clogs the arteries.
High density lipoprotein, or HDL, is the good cholesterol. HDL helps to remove the LDL from the arteries, delivering it back to the liver, where it can be broken down, thus helping to protect against heart attacks and strokes.
Saturated fats found in man-made products increase your levels of LDL, putting your health at risk. In contrast, in multiple studies coconut oil has been found to have a positive impact on good cholesterol as compared to bad cholesterol.
By simply adding coconut oil to your diet, you can experience many of the benefits of hours of work at the gym, such as a faster metabolism, losing weight, increased energy and improved cardiovascular health. When you feel a dip in energy, simply consume some coconut oil and you will find the strength and energy to take on the rest of your day, whether that is going to the gym, spending quality time with family, or negotiating a business deal.
It is important to find natural, organic coconut oil as a healthy addition to your diet. Not only can this help with losing weight, but your energy levels will be higher and you will decrease your levels of bad cholesterol, improving heart health and quality of life.
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4. http://authoritynutrition.com/why-is-coconut-oil-good-for-you/ (Coconut oil and HDL info/studies)
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