Sunday, January 18th, 2009 | Author:

In tropical climates throughout the world coconuts are just a way of life of thousands of people. For them it is known as “tree of life”. It is true that for centuries many people are using coconuts and coconut oil just to stay healthy and lean. Coconut oil diets have become even more popular when it was discovered that it helps a lot in losing weight, increasing their metabolism and even fighting disease.

As coconut oil does not turn to fat in our body, it is safe and beneficial to use. Another property is that it raises the metabolism due to which more fats are burn and more energy is produced inside our body. Coconut oil is beneficial also because it does not increase the cholesterol level, but it helps in decreasing the level.

Coconut oil also helps a lot in losing weight. Generally coconut oil is a MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride), while on the other hand vegetable oils and animal fats are LCT (Long-Chain Triglyceride). How the fat is metabolized, depends a lot on the length of the molecule and because of this reason coconut oil is easily metabolized than any other oil. In other words we can also say that MCT are broken down rapidly and it gets burn down by body mostly like carbohydrates for energy and LCT gets deposited in the body’s fat cells. MCTs are digested much quicker than any LCTs. So, sometimes it is given to AIDS patients also who have digesting problems.

We are taught that saturated fats are not good for health. But in real life, sometimes saturated fats are good for health. Many professionals give advice to eat diet high in carbohydrates and low in fat. But even then, many of us find that we still can’t lose weight and gain more energy. Apart from these, there are many other healthy benefits also. Coconut oil is next to mother milk, which is the highest source of medium chain fatty acids, which helps a lot in raising the body metabolism. In coconut oil, you will also find lauric acid, which is very much useful for the body’s immune system, which helps the body in fighting infections, bacteria and harmful virus. It also helps relieve the symptoms of menopause, and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).

There are many other oils also, which are good organic expeller pressed oils such as olive and flaxseed oils. But there are some problems with these oils that they go through a dangerous chemical change with high heat.

There are many ways through which you can easily consume coconut oil. One of the best ways is to buy a coconut and crack it open and eat it raw. You can also grate it and cook with it. For making it smooth you can either add coconut water or meat. If fresh coconut are not available in your area then you can get unsweetened dried grated coconut from your health food store or online. But always try to get fresh coconut or its oil if you want a better result.

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