Coconut Oil Health Benefits By Dan Nessel
Coconut oil has been a controversial supplement for many years. Due to the fact that it is high in saturated fat, it has been seen as an unhealthy oil. On the other hand, Coconut Oil is rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) - and these are seen as very healthy fats. So, do the health benefits of coconut oil outweigh the dangers? This is the question we will address in this articles.
The Old View of Coconut Oil Years ago consumers were urged to switch to Olive Oil, which is very low in saturated fats. While it is true that Coconut Oil is high in saturated fats - it is not true that all saturated fats are the same. Animal fat have saturated long chain fatty acids. Long chain fatty acids are very hard for the body to digest and absorb and most people would agree that too much animal fat is not healthy. Coconut Oil on the other hand is made up of mostly Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs). MCFAs can be absorbed by our mitochondria and can be converted into energy. In fact, Lauric Acid - a MCFA is a very healthy and really only found in two places - Coconut Oil and Breast Milk! In the end, there is a big difference when it comes to saturated fats and any health benefits or health risks. MCFAs have strong potential health benefits while Long Chain Fatty Acids, are more harmful fats and should not be consumed in large quantities.
Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil Today you can purchase Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil and this is the best way to received the health benefits from the nutrients that are in coconuts. It is very important that consumers use only unrefined, cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil - as this has not been exposed to high heat ot chemicals. High heat and chemicals can destroy the MCFAs and Lauric Acid in the coconut oil and therefore greatly decrease any potential health benefits.
Coconut Oil for Weight Loss? It may seem strange to think of a fatty oil as a weight loss aide - but studies show it is possible. Coconut oil can increase energy levels and decrease our appetite. If we are able to burn more calories than we take in, we can see real weight loss. It is important note that this is not a magic weight loss supplement -
rather, it is a food that can help you achieve your weight loss goals when used in combination with diet and exercise.
A Word About Eating Healthy There are many different theories on what type of diet is the most healthy. There are literally thousands of books that have been written on eating healthy and diet. It is well beyond the scope of this article to come up with a specific eating plan consumers should follow, but we can offer this advice - there is no one right answer to what you should eat. There is a great deal of debate and controversy when it comes to what foods are healthy and what are not. For years, alcohol was seen as unhealthy, now it is considered by many to be unhealthy NOT to drink a glass of red wine per day. This is due to the discovery of resveratrol in red grapes and their health benefits. Yes, there is a negative to wine, but in moderation, the positives of the resveratrol in red wine out weigh the negatives.
It is a very similar story when we look at oils and fatty acids. It is not black and white in terms of something being either healthy or unhealthy. When it comes to diet and health, there are many shades of gray and the more you know, the better the decision you can make. We firmly believe that consumers who do extensive research and read the latest medical findings are in the best position to make informed health decisions. When our mom said "You are what you eat" she was absolutely right. So much of our health is determined by what we eat, so it is very important that we know the potential health benefits, side effects and health risks of everything we eat.
A Word About Exercise
It is important to understand that healthy eating is just one part of the equation. In addition to having a healthy diet, you also want to make sure you exercise. Exercise has many important health benefits. Of course there is the physical aspect to exercise, but there is also a very strong mental aspect. Study after study have shown that regular exercise can increase spirit, mood and general happiness.
Coconut oil is used for maintaining healthy hair, healthy skin, healthy digestive system and helps with weight loss. For more info lets watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdHpJR5VxMc