The Science behind the facts
Coconut Oil is a saturated fat. Saturated fat is NOT bad.
What is Saturated fat?
Saturated fat is a fat that consists of triglycerides which contain saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids are different because they contain no double-bond between the individual carbon atoms of the fatty acid chain. The fatty acid chain is fully saturated with hydrogen atoms
Why is coconut oil a good saturated fat while others are not?
Coconut oil is compromised almost completely of Medium Chain Fatty Acids. Most other oils are high in Long-Chain Fatty Acids. This is a key difference in the build of their triglycerides and has a profound impact when it comes to weight loss.
Medium Chain Fatty Acids are metabolized (processed) differently than long chain fatty acids. They are sent directly to the liver from the digestive tract. This efficient process allows the fatty acids to burned immediately for energy or to be converted into ketone bodies. This makes them less efficient to store as body fat.
What are Ketone Bodies and why are they important?
Ketone bodies are three water-soluble molecules that are produced by the liver from fatty acids. They can be used by energy instead of glucose and offer a few brilliant properties. 2 out of 3 of the molecules are used by the heart and brain for energy while the 3rd is mostly exerted from the body. Ketone bodies are picked up by cells and converted back into acetyl-CoA which then enters the citric acid cycle and is oxidized in the mitochondria for energy. In the brain, ketone bodies are also used to make acetyl-CoA into long chain fatty acids because long chain fatty acids cannot pass through the blood-brain barrier.
Mitochondria is often referred to as the powerhouse of cells. Mitochondria produces the energy that our cells need to do their very important jobs. Supplementing with coconut oil ensures that our brain cells (as well as other cells) get the energy that they need to do their job
I’ve gotten slightly off topic here so we’ll go back to coconut oil for weight loss and dive into this information further in a separate post.
Key Properties of Why Coconut Oil is a Fat Burning Super Food
- Coconut Oil Is “Thermogenic” what this means it that by consuming it, it tends to increase fat burning and energy expenditure. In one study, coconut oil increased the metabolism by between 48 and 65 percent in obese patients. Harnessing the power of this incredible oil will have you shredding fat in no time.
- All calories are not created equal. A calorie from coconut oil does much more good for your body than vegetable oils. Vegetable oils do not pack the same powerful medium chain triglycerides.
- Coconut oil helps suppress your appetite. People must be in a calorie deficit to lose weight. It doesn’t matter how well you’re eating, if you’re taking in 4500 calories a day but burning only 4000, your weight is only going to increase. This powerful appetite suppressing property makes it easier to cut-back on our food intake without the constant urge to consume more food.
There have been a few studies on this and they all came to the same conclusion. Coconut oil allows us to eat less and still maintain the same feeling of fullness. In one study Adult makes actually consumed 256 fewer calories each day.
4. Coconut oil obliterates abdominal fat. A fantastic study was published in the medical journal, lipids. 40 volunteers were given either 1 ounce of Coconut oil or 1 ounce of Soy Bean oil. They were instructed to walk 50 minutes a day and follow their normal diets. The difference in results after the 12 week study was amazing. The coconut oil group had a significant reduction in waist circumference and their BMI (Body Mass Index) while the group who consumed Soy bean oil saw no such results. The coconut oil group also saw an increase in HDL Cholesterol (The good kind of Cholesterol) and a decrease in the bad kind. The researchers concluded “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity”
Abdominal fat which is also called visceral fat is the fat that sits around your organs and causes inflammation, heart disease, and diabetes. It is very important to get rid of this fat as it will have a significant impact on your overall health.
5. Coconut Oil Acts Like a Carbohydrate without the downsides. Coconut oil has all of the energy increasing properties of carbohydrates (and more) but it is a fat. A fat that doesn’t get stored of circulate around the bloodstream. It’s amazing properties are efficiently utilized by the body without converting into sugars like carbohydrates do.
6. Lauric Acid. Lauric acid, which converts into Monolaurin, comes with an enormous amount of beneficial health properties. One of these benefits is an added boost to your metabolism.
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