Coconut oil for weight loss? That is a question that has reverberated through various discourses in many a health forum. People on different sides of the argument on the health benefits of this oil for weight loss have tenaciously defended their positions on the slick, clear and greasy liquid extracted from the coconut fruit.
have argued that weight loss cannot be possibly achieved using a
substance with a high saturated fat content, advocates of the stuff
argue that it's precisely due to this fear of anything with high fat
content that's preventing the world from fully maximizing the weight
loss benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut oil is derived from the dried fruit of the coconut palm tree. It is composed overwhelmingly of saturated fatty acids that are mostly of the medium-chain type like lauric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid.
These medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil are said to contribute to the weight loss process by speeding up the metabolic process as these are easily digested by the body and then released in the form of energy.
Studies conducted on these fatty acids showed that these contributed
to a nearly 50% increase in metabolism. Another study published in a
reputable nutrition journal in the United States reported that
medium-chain fatty acids were thrice more effective at raising
metabolism rates than their long-chain fatty acid counterparts.
In sharp contrast, long-chain fatty acids that are mostly found in
polyunsaturated oils like linoleic acid, are said to be more cumbersome
to break down. Consequently, these are typically stored as fat within
the body. These are the types of fat that many associate with bringing
undesirable effects to the human body.
Researchers thus concluded that replacing long-chain fatty acids with
medium-chain fatty acids was an effective method for weight loss.
has also been found to help in weight loss efforts in some other ways.
It is said to help slow down food digestion. As such, individuals tend
to feel more full and satisfied after major meals and are less likely to
take smaller meals in between.
It is also thought to contribute to avoiding wild swings in blood
sugar levels by slowing down the conversion process of carbohydrates
Coconut oil also becomes a weight loss vehicle by detoxifying the
body of substances that contribute to problems in the digestive system.
By so doing, it nurtures the body's cells and enhances the functioning
of the digestive tract.
Advocates recommend using organic, unrefined virgin coconut oil as it
preserves all the natural benefits of the oil. They likewise suggest
taking a teaspoon each day, then slowly working the dosage to about 3
teaspoons each day. This gradual increase is said to help the body
adjust to the oil.
These recent discoveries notwithstanding, institutions like the Food
and Drug Administration of the United States prefer to keep a wary
stance on coconut oil and refrain from issuing any endorsement or
backing to it. While these organizations have not totally issued
prohibitions, they also are of the position that more studies ought to
be made to further bolster the arguments supporting the possible
benefits of the oil to weight loss.
Nevertheless, advocates of the use of natural substances and methods
to healing persistently undertake endeavors to widen their acceptance in
the public mainstream.
Coconut oil and its contribution to weight loss and maintenance of
good health have long been questioned and even degraded due to the
tendency to lump in all types of fatty acids into one single category.
Now research has determined that examining these fatty acids and
distinguishing between their different natures is key to finally
appreciating the true worth and value of this liquid that comes from the
so-called 'tree of life'.