I am sure that you have all heard about the benefits of cooking with and consuming olive oil, but have you been exposed to the amazing health benefits of coconut oil? Many countries, especially those in Asia and the Pacific Islands, consider the coconut as "The Tree of Life" due to its extensive history as both a dietary staple and a healing medicine.
Like I have said in several other articles and blog posts, saturated fat is not as damaging to our bodies as scientists and the media have made it out to be. There are a select few saturated fats that are, indeed, good for your body and coconut oil is one of those fats. The short version of the story is that while nearly all saturated fats are considered long-chain fatty acids (LCFA), coconut oil consists of medium-chained fatty acids (MCFA) that not only have no negative effect on cholesterol, they can actually lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease.
MCFA are also one of the most readily available fats that our bodies can utilize. Our livers are able to break these fats down fairly quickly so our bodies can use them as energy instead of storing them in our fat cells. This is what makes coconut oil so amazing.
That's right, consuming coconut oil can actually lower your risk of heart disease even though it is a saturated fat. Another great benefit of cooking with coconut oil is that it can actually help you to burn fat by increasing your metabolism. I know, you're about to walk away from the computer, but don't. There is plenty of science behind this claim and I can say first hand that I and several of my clients have thoroughly benefited and burned body fat using this oil.
Most of the hype that has been generated about coconut oil, and all saturated fats for that matter, can be traced back to the extensive smear campaigns encouraged by the soybean companies. Do you recall a few years back when all we heard about were the health benefits of soy and the horrible health implications of saturated fats like coconut oil? The commercials, print ads, and research findings all reiterated soy's accusations and thus, the people of America were brainwashed.
Let me just say that I do not advocate the consumption of soy in any form. There are several reasons for this, but that's another article.
The Moral of the Story
I hope this article has shed some light on coconut oil and saturated fats and that you are going to go out and find the best quality, unprocessed, virgin coconut oil you can find and start incorporating it into your diet today.