Thought all fats were bad? Think again! Years of research, and thankfully common sense in the process, has proven time and time again that not all fats are bad. In fact, not only are some fats good for us, but research has also found that certain fats are essential when it comes to optimal health and well-being.
In terms of health and well-being, coconut oil is considered by many to be the best of the best. This delicious cooking oil not only tastes great, but it also serves many different purposes and can be used in a number of amazing ways. Here are 4 mind-blowing facts about coconut oil.
Hold on! We just said that coconut oil is one of the healthiest fats in existence. We also have just said that coconut oil is more than 90% saturated fat. We’ve also been led to believe that all saturated fats are bad for us, so what gives? What gives is that not all saturated fats are bad for us at all. The saturated fat in coconut oil for example, is plant-based, which means that it behaves differently in the body to how animal-based saturated fats do.
You see, the fats in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs for short. MCTs, because of their molecular structure, can be broken down and utilized by the body for energy much quicker than long chain triglycerides. MCTs therefore can be used right away for energy rather than being stored in the form of body fat. Because of this, they do not promote obesity and have even been found to help endorse increases in healthy lipid profiles.
In the body we have two types of cholesterol. We have LDL cholesterol and we have HDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is the harmful cholesterol that doctors warn you about. This cholesterol is responsible for the build ups of fatty deposits in the arteries, which can result in hypertension, blood clots, cardiovascular disease, and an increased risk of a heart attack. HDL cholesterol is a healthy cholesterol that actively reduces LDL levels in the human body. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which is responsible for boosting HDL cholesterol levels.
This in turn helps to convert LDL cholesterol into pregnenolone, which is an important molecule that promotes the synthesis of hormones responsible for optimal health and wellbeing. Basically, coconut oil not only helps to protect your cardiovascular system, it can also take harmful cholesterol and turn it into something amazing that we actually need to function. Great, huh?
It may sound bizarre, but by eating this fat, you can actually help to reduce your own body fat in the process. Studies have found that individuals that consume 2 tbsp of coconut oil per day, burn more calories in a rested state than those that went coconut oil-free. The MCTs in the oil are used as a key source of energy, which fires your metabolism into life and helps you burn more calories than you would normally get through in a day. So, skip the chemical-laden sprays, and instead use a small amount of coconut oil for cooking your delicious dishes with.
Finally, before we leave you to fill your cupboards full of coconut oil, let us leave you with this. Coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal, and is loaded full of antioxidants and nutrients responsible for optimal health and well-being. The nutrients help strengthen the immune system and the oil itself helps fight off harmful pathogens and other harmful ingredients, helping to keep your body in perfect working order.