Coconut oil can get some bad press due to the fact that it is a saturated fat but it is a very healthy plant based saturated fat. Coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run of the mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.
It contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length.
Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
I have been experimenting with coconut oil in the past few weeks by taking approx. 1 tablespoon a day in either a tea or coffee or over veg or added to a smoothie. I have noticed a big increase in mental clarity, a sharpness I haven’t felt in a while and I felt it within hours of taking the coconut oil. I also noticed a change in my appetite and this is due to the appetite reducing effect of the ketone bodies that are produced when the coconut oil is metabolized.
Coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations, Some of the healthiest populations of the world have very high intakes of coconut. This is a fat we should not shy away from. Fight fat with fat! This is definitely a fat to include in your weight loss plan.
Its increasing popularity means you will find coconut oil now in most supermarkets. Look out for virgin, organic brands that can be used for cooking or indeed for cosmetic uses. Its fantastic for your hair and skin or soothing sore or burnt skin.