What’s all the fuss about? Coconut Oil is often described as “the healthiest Oil on earth”. But this wasn’t always so. Coconut oil was demonized because it had the reputation of causing cholesterol and heart diseases because of its high saturated fat content. A study conducted nearly 40 years ago even confirmed that it caused heart diseases. But , this research was conducted on Hydrogenated Coconut Oil. All hydrogenated coconut oils tend to raise cholesterol levels. So the studies do not prove that “Natural Coconut Oil” or “Non-Hydrogenated” coconut oil causes heart diseases.
Coconut oil is available in its refined and unrefined forms. Refined coconut oil is prepared by application of heat to the dried kernel( also called Copra). This type of coconut oil is called RBD coconut oil which stands for Refined, Bleached and Deodorized. This is usually done to prolong shelf life. Unrefined coconut oil, also called as Virgin Coconut Oil, is usually obtained by cold press. In this, died coconut is pressed to obtain oil. Another way to obtain Virgin coconut oil is when the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meat without drying first. “Coconut milk” is expressed first by pressing it out of the wet coconut meat. The oil is then further separated from the water. Methods which can be used to separate the oil from the water include boiling, fermentation, refrigeration, enzymes and mechanical centrifuge.
Advantages Of Virgin Coconut Oil:-
Its virgin coconut oil that has numerous benefits than ordinary coconut oil. There are 10 proven theories. They are:-
1.Contains Unique Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties:-
Coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak. No, they contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length .Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently .They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.
2.Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconut Are Among The Healthiest People on The Planet :-
Plenty of populations around the world have thrived for multiple generations eating massive amounts of coconut.
3.Increase Energy Expenditure Leads To increase In Fat Expenditure:-
The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
4. Presence Of Lauric Acid:-
Monolaurin and Lauric acid present in coconut oil kills harmful bacteria, viruses and fungi. For Example, these tend to kill Staphylococcus Aureus (a very dangerous pathogen) and the yeast Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans .
5.Coconut Oil Reduces Hunger:-
One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger. This depends on the way medium and long chained fatty acids are metabolized in the body.
6. Helps In Reducing The Risk Of Seizures:-
The best known therapeutic application of a ketogenic diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy. This diet involves eating small amounts of carbohydrates and large amounts of fat . This increases the concentration of ketone bodies. This diet can dramatically reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven’t had success with multiple different types of drugs.Because the medium chain triglycerides get shipped to the liver and turned into ketone bodies, they are often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet.
7. Improves Blood Cholesterol Levels:-
Studies in both humans and rats show that virgin coconut oil improves important risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart diseases.
8. Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair, Moisturize Skin, And Function As Sunscreen:-
Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen which blocks nearly 20% of the UV rays. It acts a as mouthwash killing all the harmful bacteria.
9.Boosts Brain Function In People Suffering From Alzheimer’s:-
Studies show that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase blood levels of ketone bodies, supplying energy for the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients and relieving symptoms.
10.Helps In Reducing Fat, Specially Around The Abdomen Area:-
Finally, a SUPERFOOD which shows noticeable weight loss!! Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight. Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs. This is the most dangerous fat of all and is highly associated with many Western diseases.
So, now you know, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil along with every meal of yours will cause you more good than bad!!!
By Soumya Kumar