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Nutrition Stop

Coconut Oil:  Myths vs Facts

Think you can't have coconut oil because of saturated fat?  Think again.  As the smoke clears from the no-fat craze of the nineties, some surprising facts have come to light.


Coconut oil’s saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety. These MCFAs are digested more easily and utilized differently by the body than other fats. In short, whereas other fats are stored in the body’s cells, the MCFAs in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. So when you eat coconut oil, the body uses it immediately to make energy rather than store it as body fat. Because this quick and easy absorption puts less strain on the pancreas, liver and digestive system, coconut oil "heats up" the metabolic system and is outstanding for those with thyroid problems.  Since coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism, your body will burn more calories in a day -- this will contribute to weight loss, and you’ll have more energy. Meanwhile, studies have shown the opposite for unsaturated fats: they cause hypothyroidism and lower metabolic rate.  Perhaps even more important, virgin coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent that is very beneficial in attacking viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, and that builds the body’s immune system.  Finally, coconut oil contains no dangerous trans-fats, which are found in vegetable oils (including olive oil), margarine, shortening and more. Trans-fats can raise LDLs or "bad" cholesterol levels and lead to clogged arteries, heart disease, type-II diabetes and more, and should be avoided.


Other benefits of Coconut Oil:


  • Helps you lose weight, or maintain your already good weight

  • Reduces the risk of heart disease

  • Lowers your cholesterol

  • Improves conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue

  • Improves Crohn’s, IBS, and other digestive disorders

  • Prevents other disease and routine illness with its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents

  • Increases metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function

  • Boosts your daily energy

  • Rejuvenates your skin and prevents wrinkles