For many years, coconut oil has suffered from a bad reputation. That's because it has lots of saturated fat, and critics argued it was bad for your health.
But wait a minute ¦is that accurate?
It is true coconut oil contains lots of saturated fat, but recent research has indicated that not all saturated fats are created equal. In fact, some act quite differently than others after they enter your system.
For instance, the main saturated fat in coconut oil is lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA), which makes it quite different than a long chain fatty acid (LCFA). MCFAs are transported quickly to the liver, and can easily be used for energy.
Hydrogenating coconut oil destroys good fatty acids, antioxidants and other positive components. But if you use virgin coconut oil, you create a healthier situation.
- Since coconut oil is primarily comprised of medium chain (and some short chain) fatty acids, it is metabolized differently in your body
- MCFAs aren't packaged into chylomicrons and circulated through the lymph like long chain fatty acids.
- Pure coconut oil can also be applied externally to support the appearance of skin and hair.
- Provides dieting support when used in place of other dietary fats, especially saturated fats like butter.
Use with a balanced, reduced calorie diet and daily exercise program.
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