What if I told you that your doctor has been wrong for decades? Wrong in telling you to avoid saturated fats.New research shows that saturated fat is not only harmless, it actually contains a different fat than those that you’ll find in steak or fish.
This unique fat is known as Medium Chain Triglycerides and they are metabolized by the body differently than other fats. These MCT’s go directly from your liver to your digestive tract where they can be used as a quick source of energy and when on a ketogenic diet, turned into ketone bodies. Ketone bodies and the ketogenic diet have numerous medical benefits for improving disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimers and are even being tested in the military for long term survival without food. Organic, virgin coconut oil contains more MCT’s than any other food source which makes it ideal for anyone looking to lose weight or improve their health.
The history of coconut oil consumption in America has be hideous at best. The majority of people, until now, who ate coconut oil were health minded folks like you and I. The rest of the world has eaten and thrived on high amounts of coconut oil in their diet for decades. The Tokelauans, a South Pacific people, eat so much coconut oil that it accounts for 60% of their diet and they actually have no evidence of heart disease in their history.
Coconut Oil And Fat Loss.
A lot of people when trying to lose weight avoid fat since it’s higher in calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates. That’s the WRONG approach. Different calories impact your body differently and they all have a different impact on your cognitive function, digestion,hormones and metabolism.
When you eat coconut oil and get MCT’s in your diet, you actually can burn MORE calories than if you ate other fat sources, according to studies.
A recent study found that if you eat 15-30 grams of MCT’s per day, total energy expenditure was increased by 5% per day.
Did you know that coconut oil, due to its high amount of lauric acid, can actually kill bacteria and is used as a natural remedy for Candida?
So coconut oil can help you burn fat AND its fights infections.
Everyone wants to lose ab fat right? Well did you know that coconut oil can help with that as well? What a surprise!
Coconut oil seems to have a unique effect on lower abdominal fat specifically abdominal fat that chokes your internal organs.
A study using 1 ounce of coconut oil per day for 12 weeks found a significant reducing in both body mass index and waist circumference.
Additional studies have backed up the dosage and claims of lowered waist circumference. While the numbers don’t jump off the page, if you want to burn fat you have to use every trick in the book and just adding coconut oil seems to help!
Coconut Oil and Hunger
As previously mentioned, the United States military is using coconut oil in research on soldiers under long mission deployments when food isn’t readily available.Why coconut oil? Because studies suggest that coconut oil can reduce hunger levels and appetite due to the ketone bodies that it produces.
In a breakfast study, subjects who ate the highest amount of MCTs during breakfast ate significantly fewer calories at lunch. In that sense, coconut oil can control hunger levels and suppress your appetite.
Coconut Oil And Brain Health
For years the ketogenic diet has been used to treat numerous brain disorders such as epilepsy. The ketogenic diet favors high healthy fat intake with low carbohydrates and protein to increase ketone bodies in the blood. Numerous studies have shown that this type of diet can drastically reduce the amount of seizures in epileptic children.
This is where coconut oil comes in. By eating coconut oil for the MCT’s subjects can eat a little more carbohydrates but still produce ketone bodies.
Exciting research is emerging in Alzheimer’s disease as well. When the rising cost of health care and incidences of Alzheimer disease, ketone bodies can be very helpful. Medical evidence suggests that in Alzheimer patients, certain parts of the brain die and can no longer use glucose for energy. Researchers are looking at ketone bodies for providing a secondary source of energy to the brain to reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
A 2006 study found immediate improvement when Alzheimer’s patients consumed a diet heavy in medium chain triglycerides.Further studies are currently ongoing to show the benefits of coconut oil for Alzheimer’s disease.
Coconut Oil Can Lower Cholesterol Levels.
One recent study on women who consumed coconut oil found that their total and LDL cholesterol dropped while increasing their HDL "good" cholesterol.
Studies on mice show that coconut oil can lower triglycerides (blood fat), total and LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol and improve blood coagulation factors.
Now you can see why the mainstream media reduces the risk of heart disease.
Coconut oil is good for your hair and skin.
There’s a good chance that if you’ve known anyone who has used coconut oil for an extended period of time that they’ve likely used it for their skin.
Studies show that individuals with dry skin found improvement in their skin quality after using coconut oil for just a few weeks and have improved moisture and lipid content.
Dermologitists might want to start recommending coconut oil after research found that, when applied to the skin, coconut oil can block about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Sound crazy? Well there is even research on the effectiveness of coconut oil as a mouth wash for improving dental health and reducing bad breath.
The bottom line is that organic, virgin, coconut oil can help improve nearly every facet of human health and just one or two tablespoons a day seems to deliver the results.