Coconut Oil, a New “Superfood”?

We all know coconut as that big hard shelled tropical food swaying up in a palm tree, or in a hand of a beach goer, chilling on a beach enjoying a nice tropical drink,  but did you know that the oil of a coconut has incredible health benefits? Coconuts hold many incredible properties that can better your health. Most of these properties lie in the the oil extracted from the flesh of a matured coconut. Coconut oil is so unique because it contains a unique combination of several different fatty acids. It also plays a key role in brain functioning, and processing, as well as weight loss. For a while coconut oil was frowned upon, and in some ways shunned from the health world due to the fact that coconut oil contains saturated fat. Saturated fat as we all know is one thing that health nuts hate to hear included in their food. Coconut oil is actually one of the most saturated fat rich food known to us all. Containing about 90% saturated fat, you can see why so many health nuts were cautious, and against the use of this saturated fat loaded “Superfood”. According to many studies have overturned those old rumors that saturated fat is nothing but good. Some sources of saturated fat can be good, and one of those rare sources of healthy saturated fats is coconut oil. the common myth that saturated fats cause arteries to clog is exactly what it’s called, a myth. Saturated fats, although most of the time are unhealthy, saturated fats are mostly harmless.

Coconut oil doesn’t contain the typical saturated fats found in food like red meat, and cheese, but contains a healthier special form of saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides.These medium chain triglycerides, or medium length fatty acids, are unlike regular long chain triglycerides because of how they metabolized differently. these medium length saturated fats go straight from the digestive tract to the liver, where they are used as a quick energy source known as ketones, which can also have therapeutic on brain disorders like epilepsy, and alzheimer’s. Coconut is so healthy, that areas of the world that consume more coconut than the majority of other, have been proven to be substantially healthier. The Tokelauans, a population of people located in South Pacific Asia, are arguably some of the healthiest people in the world. The Tokelauans get more than 605 of their daily caloric intake from just coconut alone. Due to the large amounts of saturated fat in coconut, the Tokelauans consume more saturated fat than anyone else in the entire world. These people, however much saturated fat from coconut oils that they ingest, the have shown no signs, and no history of heart issues, or any other health issues usually associated with saturated fats. We all know that one of the greatest problems in not only the US, but in most of the world is obesity, and obesity is usually linked in most cases to fatty food, usually those containing saturated fats. This is where coconut oil breaks the trend of bad reps for saturated fats. Coconut oil like i’ve said earlier is a healthy source of saturated fats that battle back against obesity, as its not how many calories you consume, but what the calories consumed come from. Coconut oil, high in saturated fat and calories, contains what are known as good, or healthy calories. Different foods act, and effect our bodies in different ways. This means that not all calories are really calories. These medium chain triglycerides are so much better than the regular long chained triglycerides due to the fact that the expend more energy, and calories more quickly than their larger more slowly digested compadres. A study, once again courtesy of > says that 15-30 grams of medium length triglycerides increased the 24 hour energy expendature by nearly 5%. Thats nearly 120 calories per day. Coconut oils also help in fighting off bacteria, and other pathogens. Coconut oil contains an acid that makes up about 50% of the make up of coconut oil calle Lauric acids. Lauric acids when digested along with the other components that make up coconut oil, its enzymatically broken down and creates Monolaurin.Both monolaurin, and lauric acids help to breakdown and kill harmful pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Monolaurin, and lauric acids have been shown to be able to break down and kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus, and Candida Albicans, usually associated with things like yeast infections in humans.

Coconut oils also help in cutting hunger cravings. Once again the Ketones in the oil have yet another affect on the human body, as it is also known to reduce the amount of hunger cravings, ones body may secrete. In many studies putting people up to consuming different levels of MCT’s and ketones where shown to consuming up to 256 fewer calories throughout the course of the day.

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