Coconut oil?? Doesn’t that have saturated FAT in it?
☕️ This is a question I often get when I rave about coconut oil in my coffee every morning.
The answer is yes, it does! But this oil contains healthy saturated fats ~ not like the nasty kind we see in meats and cheese. It is the structure of these good fats that make them good for you in many ways. Check it out…
Coconut oil doesn’t have the usual saturated fats like the ones we see in meats and cheese. Where they vary is in the structure. The saturated fats in meats and cheese are called long-chain fatty acids, where this liquid super food contains fatty acids of medium length… also known as MCT. The health benefits come from the way they are metabolized in the body, which is quite different than long-chain fatty acids.
So, is it REALLY good for me and what does it REALLY do?
- Helps the body burn more fat. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCT’s per day increased the body’s 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%! That means you could be burning a total of 120 calories more – per day!
- Increases resistance to viruses and bacteria. Lauric acid, a fatty acid found in coconut oil, and the components it releases when broken down are known to kill harmful pathogens, increasing your body’s ability to fight infection.
- Fights off yeast, Candida and fungus. Ew, nuff said….
- Reduces hunger. The ketones that are created through metabolism of the oil have an appetite reducing effect. The less you eat can result in weight loss over time. 🙂
- Can have a positive effect on some brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimers. This has to do with the way the brain metabolizes carbs in people with these disorders. The way these fatty acids are broken down releases ketones, which can improve brain function and decrease the amount of seizure activity.
- Improves digestion and boosts thyroid function.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease. Studies have shown that the saturated fats in coconut oil increases the “good” HDL cholesterol in the body while also converting the “bad” LDL cholesterol into a less harmful form.
While all of these things are amazing and great for your body, keep in mind that coconut oil is still a fat. Meaning… just because it is good for you does not mean that you can ingest it in unlimited quantities – especially if your goal is to lose weight. Just 1-2 tablespoons a day will do the trick!