Benefits of Coconut Oil

Benefits of Coconut Oil

by Martin Bolduc

If you are trying to follow a good nutritional program, you will be trying to make the right choices about what food you eat and how you cook it.  Lean protein, steamed vegetables, whole fruits and grains all taste good, and are good for you, but how do you cook your meat, and what do you cook your stir fry in?  Your choice of cooking oils is an important one, because it is one of the most often used items in most of our kitchens, so which one is the best?

I personally used to think that it was olive oil.  Olive oil is a mono-unsaturated fat and as such, it is much healthier than animal fats.  Olive oil is widely and correctly credited as being good for your heart.  It also provides essential fatty acids which promote healthy skin and the development of body cells.  However, there is a down side to olive oil which comes when you heat it. When you heat a  mono-unsaturated fat to the extent that it smokes in the pan, some studies say that it turns into a trans fat, which as we know is not good for you as your liver is unable to break it down.  At the very least, heating olive oil can lead to the unrefined particles being burnt which can lead to a poorer taste and even toxicity.  By all means, enjoy olive oil in dressings, but for cooking we need a better alternative.

Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, users have reported that it has boosted their metabolism, suppressed their appetite and helped with weight loss.  That may be explained by studies that show that when fats are added to food, they tend to satisfy people’s appetites sooner, so that they eat less, and are slower to become hungry again after the meal.

The molecules in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).  Most other oils, including some animal fats and some vegetable oils contain long-chain triglycerides (LCTs).   The molecule type dictates how the fat is metabolized by your system. Your body will break down MCTs more quickly.  This allows your body to burn the calories in similar way that it burns carbohydrates for energy, rather than storing them as fat. The effect is that you burn more calories and raise your metabolism, rather than adding to stored fat.

I have personally found coconut oil to be hugely beneficial.  I used extra virgin coconut oil in my preparations for 2 bodybuilding shows, and the effect was amazing.  Coconut oil was a big help to me in reducing my body fat which is essential for competition.  You too can benefit from the metabolism boosting, weight loss properties of coconut oil.  I recommend you use extra virgin coconut oil, and aim to take about 3 table spoons a day.

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Martin Bolduc, CPT, ACE, BCRPA
Lean Body Challenge Champion

** Martin Bolduc is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Express Fat Loss and the winner of the Lean Body Challenge 2008. Martin is a Certified Personal Trainer ACE and BCRPA and a natural bodybuilder. Martin helps hundreds of clients to reach their goals. Get your Complimentary Report on Express Fat Loss

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