If you want to build your immune system, lose weight, improve cholesterol and digestive issues try virgin coconut oil or shredded coconut flakes it is one food loaded with healthy saturated fat!
Yes, healthy saturated fat can contribute to wellness in many ways, http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/100713p56.shtml.
But why is saturated fat, like coconut oil, healthy? Composition! Its’ chemical structure is key. Fats come in different lengths. Coconut is composed of 60% medium chain triglycerides (MCT) as opposed to short or long chain triglycerides. This is what makes it so unique and powerful.
Consuming three tablespoons of coconut oil each day will supply you with MCT and lauric acid. Lauric acid is the fatty acid responsible for making a difference in your ability to fend off germs, build and strengthen your immunity against bacteria, fungus and viruses, the gut and even contribute to healthy hair and skin.
Just in case you are interested, MCT is also found in ghee (containing about 25% MCT) and butter (12-15% MCT).
Research supporting the health benefits for coconut oil show its role in protecting liver function (improving glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and blood sugar issues: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/142739/), raising good HDL cholesterol and reducing body fat especially belly weight even when compared to olive oil, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S104366180900276X.
So for these reasons coconut oil is added to my Top Five “Fat” Superfood list and should be added to your daily food plan.
As I mentioned last week, https://valerieberkowitz.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/top-five-fat-superfoods/, “Superfood” is a term used to describe foods that are nutrient dense and that may contribute to better health or provide health benefits. These power foods are natural, not created in a food lab and provide the most nutrient “bang” for the calorie “buck”. In the case of saturated fat, it is the fatty acid in particular that jump starts the positive effects of weight loss and health benefits. Fatty acids are found in foods with fat. So in order to reap the benefits of MCT eat saturated fat.
Eating a variety of foods includes eating a variety different types of fat, no exception. Eating different types of fat daily will help you achieve nutritional balance. Balancing fats are important and saturated fat should NOT be annihilated from your eating regimen, they hold important body functions for hormones and body cell receptors, http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-importance-of-saturated-fats-for-biological-functions/.
Saturated fat seems especially important in working with the G-protein receptors that help body signaling functions, are involved in the adrenaline rush and maintaining white blood count.
So lose your fear of saturated fats, they are essential for your good health.
Saturated fats have been given a bad wrap. Most people eat too much (corn and soy oil) omega 6 fats (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1408947-something-fishy-in-your-fish-oil/) and not enough omega 3 and healthy saturated fats.
Kill two birds with one stone. Add a healthy fruit and fat daily to your diet, eat coconut. Coconut oil is a better choice to use for high heat cooking, use it as a topping on your favorite food or add it your homemade trail mix. Coconut helps balance the saturated/unsaturated fat ratio while helping to keep your health in balance.
What is next on the Top Five “Fat” Superfoods list? Well stick around and you will see.