Can Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight?
How Eating Fat Can Help You Slim Down
By Lea Barton, published Feb 18, 2007
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It's counterintuitive--eating saturated fat can help you lose weight? And what on earth does a coconut have to do with oil, fats, and being healthy?
Coconut oil received a bad rap in the late 1990s as investigative health reporters documented the damage hydrogenated coconut oil wreaks on the heart and lungs. Movie popcorn slathered in coconut oil flavoring was the main focus for these reporters, who revealed the fact that a large, buttered popcorn at the movies in the late 1990s had as much saturated fat as one, even TWO, large cheeseburgers at a fast food restaurant.
What the reporters failed to note was that coconut oil, in pure form, is a medium-chain fatty acid and is as healthy, if not healthier, than canola oil, safflower oil, olive oil. In other words, it was the hydrogenation of the coconut oil that turned it into a trans fat--a bad fat--and not the fact that it was coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a compound that has been the focus of research efforts in combating heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid conditions, and digestive disorders such as Crohn's disease. While coconut oil is no magic bullet, researchers have found that it helps with all of these conditions and--an added bonus--it tastes good, melts easily, and helps the body's metabolism.
This, in turn, means that the body's thyroid receives a slight boost--helping the body to burn calories more efficiently. More calories burned means more fat burned, which leads to weight loss.
Newspaper and magazines at grocery stories have front page stories touting coconut oil's medicinal properties. In addition to helping fight heart disease, hypertension, thyroid disease, and more, coconut oil is antimicrobial-which makes it a wonderful moisturizer that also kills germs.
Coconut oil comes in bottles ranging in size from eight ounces to fifty-four ounces, and with a melting point of seventy-six degrees, it hardens easily to act as spread on toast, or melts quickly to be added to recipes for simple meals such as stir fry, macaroni and cheese, or to replace any fat while cooking.
Coconut Oil for Health
By Karen Reams, published Jul 06, 2007
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Coconut Oil is one of todays popular health trends. There are many testimonies of people claiming the wonderful healing power of Coconut oil. Coconut oil does taste and and smell great but there is some evidence that it also does have many properties that aid with good health. It is claimed that Coconut Oil can help you lose weight or maintain your already healthy weight, it can reduce risk of heart disease, lower the cholesterol, improve conditions of those suffering with diabetes or chronic fatigue, improve Crohn's, IBS and other digestive disorders, prevent other diseases and routine illness with its powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungus agents, increases metabolism and promotes healty thyroid function, boosts the energy and rejuvenates the skin and prevents wrinkles.
So how does Coconut oil work? its hard to imagine that a person consuming a product that is high in saturated fats could be healthy and slim. But researchers have known for a period of time now that the secret to health and weight loss associated with Coconut Oil is related to the length of the fatty acid chains contained in the Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil contains medium chain fatty acids which are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils. Instead of storing up the fats as body fats medium chain fatty acids are burned for energy and burn up quickly in the body.
Medium chain fatty acids not only raise the body's metabolism helping with weight loss but they have special health giving properties as well. And one of nature's richest source of medium chain fatty acids is Coconut Oil. People who live in the tropics get much of their fats from coconuts and palm oil which are rich in saturated fats but these traditional cultures do not have the obesity and health problems that we appear to have.
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