CUCKOO FOR COCONUT …..OIL …
There is a lot of talk about coconut oil these days, I would like to help you understand it’s benefit’s and why you may want to have coconut oil handy in your “Lean for Life” kitchen.
High quality raw coconut oil is unique, it’s also a healthy saturated fat because it boasts a spectrum of
nine different fatty acids-the majority being MCT(medium chain triglycerides).
MTC are a burning fat, not a storing fat. When these fats are metabolized in the body , they bring some of the stored fat out along with them. When we eat the right fat’s it truly helps to burn the unwanted fat.
The confusion to weather or not coconut oil is helpful was due largely that some of the health professionals were taught to focus on the caloric values of saturated fats & never understood the nutritional values and health benefit’s of medium chain triglycerides (saturated fat in the coconut oil).
The health professionals also where thought to believe it is a really bad fat because of the high levels of lauric acid, which they misunderstood to aid in raising cholesterol levels and clogging up arteries. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Components of Coconut Oil
A healthy diet contains mixtures of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Human
breast milk contains about 45 to 50 % saturated fat, about 35% unsaturated and 15-20%
polyunsaturated. Lauric acid and capric acid comprise about 20% of total saturated fatty acids
found in breast milk. The high content of lauric acid in breast milk protects infants from invading
viruses and bacteria and supports the immune system.
What coconut oil does not do :
Coconut oil does NOT clog arteries
Does not raise cholesterol levels
Does not raise triglyceride levels
Does not cause obesity
Does not cause heart disease
Does not contain trans fatty acids
Does not contain hydrogenated oil
Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. How? It is easy to digest and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid & enzymes systems. It increases the body’s metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight.
The ability of some of the medium chain saturated fatty acids to inhibit the liver’s formation of fat very likely synergizes with the pro-thyroid effect, in allowing energy to be used, rather than stored. When fat isn’t formed from carbohydrate, the sugar is available for use, or for storage as glycogen.
Therefore, shifting from unsaturated fats in foods to coconut oil involves several anti-stress processes, reducing our need for the adrenal hormones. Decreased blood sugar is a basic signal for the release of adrenal hormones.
Unsaturated oil tends to lower the blood sugar in at least three basic ways. It damages mitochondria, causing respiration to be uncoupled from energy production, meaning that fuel is burned without useful effect. It suppresses the activity of the respiratory enzyme (directly, ‘and through its anti-thyroid actions), decreasing the respiratory production of energy. And it tends to direct carbohydrate into fat production, making both stress and obesity more probable. MCTs are more directly sent to the liver, where they are quickly burned.
The highest quality when shopping for coconut oil is Cold pressed virgin oil, this is produced with in one hour of opening a nut.
Coconut oil has been know to keep at room temperature for over 2 years.
When adding Coconut oil to you “Lean for Life” daily nutrition I suggest you replace some of your other oils used with coconut oil. It has been recommended that 3-4 tbsp daily will be of assistance for excellent health & weight loss.
Remember good fat’s help burn bad fat’s.