Why should you increase your intake of coconut oil? Would you take 30ml a day if you knew it would significantly reduce abdominal fat and lower BMI? Today, we’re looking at the fatty acids in Coconut oil to understand why they’re so good for us.
- The saturated fatty acids in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acid, Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolised differently to the saturated fatty acids found in things like steak and cheese (often scolded for their long chain fatty acids). In short, the medium chain fatty acids go straight to the liver from the digestive tract where they are converted into Ketone bodies (brain food).
- Boost your energy. When talking about energy, ‘a calorie’ is not a calorie, the same amount of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) from coconut can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount from Long Chain Triglycerides. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day.
- Lauric Acid is responsible for speeding the metabolism, improving digestion and maintaining a healthy gut flora, in coconut oil, almost 50% of the fatty acids is the super 12-carbon Lauric Acid.
- Lauric acid is also linked to encouraging healthy weight loss when consumed daily (with a healthy diet).
What else do the fatty acids in Coconut oil do:
- Consuming more MCTs in the morning reduces snacking throughout the day
- Improve cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease
- Improve blood circulation
- Improve brain function by creating ketones, used as ‘brain energy.’
- Reduces abdominal fat. Studies showed consuming 30ml of coconut oil a day significantly reduced abdominal fat and BMI.
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