Why we LOVE coconut oil
Benefits of the trendy but brilliant superfood, coconut oil
Fatty acids, the good kind. Although saturated fats have a bad rap (which is debatable) coconut oil is known for its medium chain fatty acids which tend to go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, used as a quick source of energy or turned into so called ketone bodies, which have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's.
Populations that eat a lot of coconut are among the healthiest people on the planet!
The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.
They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.
These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.
Coconut can increase your energy expenditure, helping you burn fat!
The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
Its not just for your insides!
Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen and as mouthwash.
A Coconut oil cult fave...kills hunger!
The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term.
The list of benefits could go on. But you get the picture. You can find Coconut oil in a jar at basically any grocery store or even online. You're welcome.
Resources: JaimieLeeFit, Authority nutrition