Coconut Oil: A smarter oil to replace the rest

Coconut oil is the smartest oil you can use in cooking. This can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid  and caprylic acid, and its properties which are antimicrobial,antioxidant.

The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes and influenza. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil,it has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system.

As well as improving digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins,minerals and amino acids,it boosts energy and endurance enhancing physical and athletic performance.

In aiding weight loss it helps improve insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose. This in turn helps us to crave less carbohydrates and will in turn help us lose weight.

While coconut oil possesses many health benefits due to its fiber and nutritional content, its the oil that makes it a remarkable food and medicine.

It breaks down quickly and is burned for fuel long before it can be stored as fat.

When we think about saturated fat, we most times think of the 18 – carbon long-chain fatty acids found in meat and dairy products. But medium chain fatty acids (MCFAS) in coconut oil are different.

Since MCFAS are shorter, they contain only 6 calories per gram, as opposes to 9 calories like longer saturated fats. For the same satisfying taste, you save 1/3 the calories over meat and dairy products.

To conclude, coconut oil reduces your fat calories by a third, tends to be burned for energy rather than stored as fat, promotes the metabolism of stored fat, and keeps your thyroid firing up on all cylinders. As a result of being more energetic, you tend to exercise more and work harder, so you burn     even more fat!

Make it a great start to your Summer!