Oils and fats have always been made out to be the bad guy. Not all oils are equal. There are both bad and good. One of the best is coconut oil. Unfortunately, it is a common misconception that coconut oil is bad for you due to its saturated fat content. For five reasons, coconut oil is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume and use externally on the body.
1. Fat Burner
There are a number of different types of fat molecules. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCTs are easily stored as fat within the body.
2. Metabolism Booster
MCTs in coconut oil have been shown by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition to burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than LCTs.
For women, coconut oil has been proven to improve sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common oils (vegetable oils) have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.
3. Omega-3 Powerhouse
Coconut oil contains high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. Most cooking oils contain Omega-6 fatty acids, which cause inflammation and cell damage. Our Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio should be 1:1 (or 3:1 as an upper range) but it is currently accepted that the actual ratio is approx 50:1. We need to severely cut back our Omega-6 oils and consume much more Omega-3 oils.
4. Youthful Skin and Hair
Coconut oil can be applied directly on your skin and hair. It offers relief from skin problems like rashes and irritations. It aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It protects the skin from free radical damage due to its high antioxidant properties. Consequently, coconut oil makes excellent massage oil.
5. Longer Shelf Life
Coconut oil is best to cook with because it doesn’t turn rancid quickly. Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature. Other oils like olive oil are great cold but quickly turn rancid when exposed to heat, creating free radicals.
Oils and fats are an essential part of a healthy diet and a fat loss diet. You must eat natural fats for your body to be an efficient fat burner. Coconut oil helps our bodies absorb nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E. Do not shy away from oils or fat, rather choose better options and you will reap amazing benefits.
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