On one hand, coconut oil is considered the modern ‘superfood,’ while on the other, it’s one of the most debatable foods on the market today.
When it comes to coconut oil, people are normally divided into three groups according to what they think about this food:
- Those who will NEVER eat it because it’s full of saturated fat and they have been wrongly told that this fat can lead to heart disease. This is completely wrong.
- Those who know about the health benefits, but don’t dare eat it because of its high calorie content. They have also been misled into believing that all calories are created equal, which is wrong.
- Those who use it for EVERYTHING, which is absolutely right.
This article will try to prove that eating at least 2 tbsp. coconut oil every day can help you lose weight and boost your overall health.
Reason 1# Coconut Oil Supports Weight Loss
It’s true that 1 tbsp. coconut oil contains 120 calories, but these calories don’t produce the same effect in the body as for example, 120 calories of canola oil.
The thing is different foods have a different effect on our hormones and metabolic health. If you compare coconut oil to other foods and fats, it is more thermogenic, meaning that it increases the amounts of burnt energy in the body. To put this differently, you’ll burn more calories by eating more coconut.
Weight loss actually depends on two things:
- The first thing is being calorie deficient. This doesn’t actually imply consuming fewer calories and doing more exercise, but eating metabolism-boosting, not metabolism-suppressing foods that not only nourish your body, but also help your muscles to burn locked-in fat.
- The second thing essential for weight loss is hormonal balance, which means ensuring proper function of your internal organs, especially your liver and thyroid.
Coconut oil meets both criteria – it sets your body into fat-burning mode by helping you burn more calories than you consume, and it supports proper liver and thyroid function.
Therefore, eat coconut oil and burn fat!
Reason 2# Coconut Oil Boost Health
The medicinal properties of coconut oil are undeniable. Apart from being one of the strongest antioxidants that reduce the effects of free radicals and prevent oxidative stress and damage in the body, coconut oil has a long list of other healing properties as well.
- Anti-bacterial — it fights bacteria that lead to gum disease, throat infections, urinary tract infections and ulcers in their tracks.
- Anti-carcinogenic — it inhibits tumor development while strengthening your immune system.
- Anti-fungal — it kills fungus and yeast that cause infections.
- Anti-inflammatory — it reduces inflammation in the body and repairs damaged tissue.
- Anti-microbial — it disables harmful microbes and reduces infection.
- Anti-oxidant — it reduces oxidative damage from free radicals.
- Anti-retroviral/parasitic/protozoa/viral — it fights HIV and HTLV-1, eliminates lice, tapeworms and other parasites, prevents protozoan gut infection, destroys viruses that trigger influenza, herpes, measles, AIDS, hepatitis and more.
Consuming as little as two tablespoons of this oil can improve your health on a number of levels.
Reason 3# Coconut Oil Controls Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
Although coconut oil, which is a fat, has no direct impact on blood sugar levels, it does, however, have an indirect effect because it helps glucose enter your cell, thus slowing and reducing insulin levels in the blood.
The thing is that the healthy fat in coconut oil is vital for controlling blood sugar levels – it slows digestion by lowering the overall glycemic index of your meal, thus supporting a steady flow of energy from your food. To be more specific, when coconut oil is combined with a meal with carbohydrates, it breaks down the carbs into glucose more slowly, thus ensuring steady blood sugar levels even after you eat.
Coconut oil comprises medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), as opposed to modern vegetable oils such as soybean, corn, and canola oils. These contain long-chain fatty acids, mostly PUFAs. The thing is oils that are mainly made up of long-chain fatty acids can actually reduce cells’ ability to absorb blood sugar. This in turn can trigger insulin resistance and diabetes.
Reason 4# Coconut Oil Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
According to research, nations which have coconut oil as an integral part of their diet are less susceptible to heart disease. One study on Polynesians, who consume over 60% of their total calories from coconut, found that this nation is in superb health with no evidence of heart disease. Another population in Papea New Guinea, who thrive on coconut oil and other coconut foods, also has rare cases of stroke and heart disease.
Heart disease, on the other hand, has been the leading cause of death in America over the past 60 years.
As opposed to polyunsaturated fatty acid oils, coconut oil does not oxidize when exposed to oxygen, light, or heat, meaning it doesn’t damage the arteries. Including coconut oil in your diet is highly recommended, especially if heart disease runs in the family.