What’s The Deal With Coconut Oil?
These days, it seems like there is a new diet fad every week. With so much talk and hype surrounding these “nutritional trends”, it can be tough to sift out which are truly healthy, and which are just marketing gimmicks.
One trend that has been gaining popularity as of recent is coconut oil.
Let’s see there’s:
- Coconut Oil “Pulling” (Cleaning your mouth of bacteria by swishing coconut oil for 20 minutes a day)
- Coconut Oil Showers (Rubbing your body with coconut oil in the shower to keep your skin soft and free of wrinkles)
- Coconut Oil Replacing Olive Oil in Cooking (for it’s ability to stand up to higher heat retaining more nutrients)
- Coconut Oil and its effect on body fat.
Well I decided to do some research on coconut oil, and the results were quite surprising.
Here’s what I found…
Whenever I research anything, I always refer to scientific data and studies.
Luckily, I was able to find some extremely interesting scientific studies about coconut oil and its affect on body fat.
For instance, a 2009 study published in the Journal of Nutrition tested the effects of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil vs 2 tablespoons of soybean oil in 40 women over 28 days.
Results showed that the group of women who ate the soybean oil had a slight increase in body fat, while the group that consumed the coconut oil actually had a decrease in abdominal fat.
How cool is that?
And on top of that, the group that ate coconut oil showed an increase in HDL or “good cholesterol” while the soybean oil resulted in an increase in LDL or “bad cholesterol.”
Another study I came across analyzed fat storage relative to three different types of diets; a low fat diet, a high fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), and a high fat diet with medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are abundant in coconut oil.
The study lasted 44 days, and the results were unexpected. The low fat group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, but the MCFA group only stored 0.19 grams per day. This means that MCFA group stored %60 less fat than the other groups.
YES – MORE Fat Consumption Equalled LESS Fat Storage.
(But it’s about eating the RIGHT Fats!)
One other interesting fact I came across in my research is that coconut oil actually helps reduce your appetite as well.
When the MCFA’s found in coconut oil are metabolized, the liver creates ketone bodies, which are shown to increase your levels of satiation.
In short, after a doing a bit of research, I’m convinced that coconut oil isn’t just another diet fad, but actually a healthy and natural food that will help you lose weight.
I eat coconut oil almost every day to:
- Saute Vegetables
- Pop Stovetop Popcorn (non-GMO Organic, of course!)
- Coat Pans for cooking
- In smoothies and shakes
Another item I use EVERY DAY for extreme fat loss is SlimTea.