Have you ever asked the question, "are saturated fats bad for you?" Most people without a moment's hesitation would repeat the mantra that saturated fats are bad because they cause the clogging of the arteries and weight gain. But what if there was a saturated fats that actually may be good for you and could, in turn, help you with weight loss? This possible "good" saturated fat is coconut oil.
Despite the claims that coconut oil is a saturated fat that is bad for you, coconut oil might be a fat burner
and help you increase your metabolism in the right circumstances. They
key reason is that it's rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Most
vegetable oils are made up of long-chain fatty acids that are stored as
bodyfat. MCTs aren't stored and are burned almost immediately as fuel.
They require little digestion and are quickly absorbed by the body,
which also heightens the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins--A, D, E and
K--and many minerals, especially calcium and magnesium.
In addition, coconut oil has been know to put up some mechanisms in
place to help you cut your appetite, and because it has a lot of lauric
acid, it speeds up the body's thermogenic rate--that is, how fast you
burn calories. Lauric acid is the key to many of the benefits in coconut
However, many people are not familiar with Lauric acid, but the
body's most abundant source of it is in breast milk, with which it
shares health giving properties.
There is also evidence that coconut oil can accelerate fat-burning activities by stimulating the thyroid gland, which controls all the body's metabolic activities. Current data suggest that coconut oil raises the body's basal metabolic rate,
which is how well you burn calories at rest, while improving overall
metabolism. The bottom line here is that when you take MCTs instead of
long-chain triglycerides, you turn into a fat-burning machine and store a
lot less fat.
Coconut oil has fewer calories than most other fats and oils. So you
don't have to use as much oil as you would when cooking with other oils.
Coconut oil does have roughly 120 calories in a tablespoon, so the key
to losing weight using coconut oil may be in substituting it in place of
other oils, not in addition. But again, it comes down to how well your
body uses the benefits of the coconut oil. If you have a poorly running
metabolism and digestion system, the benefits of taking coconut may be