Coconut oil has seen a major uptick in use in recent years because of the health benefits it offers. Experts have differing opinions on coconut oil due to the high-fat content. Recent research has shown that the combination of fatty acids in coconut oil may benefit your health. Let's take a look at some of the ways coconut oil can help you look and feel great.
Coconut Oil and Health
Although coconut oil is saturated fat, it does not affect the body in the same way. Coconut oil's unique fatty acid profile may not only help burn fat but raise good cholesterol levels.
Coconut contains medium-chain-triglycerides (MCT) which is a shorter fatty acid chain and, as a result, they go straight to your liver. Your body then turns it into energy or ketones.
Ketones have been known to have powerful effects on the brain. Scientists are looking at ketones to help with Alzheimer's and epilepsy. A recent study conducted by Mass General Hospital shows that eating a ketogenic diet (which produces ketones) helps stabilize the brain network.
The brain is comprised primarily of fat, so when you feed it healthy fats, it thrives.
An older study that looked at Polynesian cultures found that even though 60% of their diet was coconuts, they had fewer rates of heart disease.
Obesity is a significant disease affecting the U.S. Culture. Obesity does not only involve how many calories you intake but the type of calories you eat.
Since coconut oil is a shorter chain fatty acid, it may help your body burn more fat than long-chain fatty acids such as olive oil.
Overeating coconut oil can make you gain weight. However, there are fat-burning benefits by incorporating it into your diet.
Coconut oil can add a nice flavor to your dishes, and it's ideal for cooking foods such as sautéing vegetables and lean meats. Adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to your smoothie or oatmeal can also help you feel fuller and help you burn fat.
Here is an easy coconut chicken recipe:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Coat baking dish with coconut oil
Add skinless chicken breast or thighs
Rub coconut oil onto the chicken
Season with sea salt, pepper, or other favorite seasonings
For more flavor, you can add a slice of lemon or pineapple on each piece of chicken
Bake for 18-20 minutes (internal temp of chicken should be 165 degrees)
Serve with brown rice, quinoa, or veggies.