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15 Proven Facts about Coconut Oil (You Won’t Believe #8)
You might have heard a lot of buzz lately about coconut oil. You might have wondered what all the fuss was about, right? Corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, coconut oil, what’s the big deal?
It’s a very big deal and if you haven’t heard, well, pull up a chair and keep reading. Coconut oil has a huge amount of health benefits that you won’t get from those highly processed, GMO vegetables oils.
We have created a list of the top 15 simply amazing health facts about coconut oil. Read on and find out what you are missing!
1. Stops Sugar Cravings
If you find you get those cravings for sugar in the afternoon or just before bed, you are not alone! Rather than reach for those shortbread cookies, try a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil. Good quality fat is much more satisfying to the body than carbohydrates. This means that if you can break that sugar habit and eat less sugar, you will feel less hungry. Also, the less sugar you eat, the less your body wants. When you consume the right amount of fats and protein, your body uses its energy reserves (fat) more efficiently.
2. Contains Fatty Acids with Medicinal Compounds
In the past, coconut oil was given a bad rap because it contained saturated fat. The problem was that we didn’t fully understand fat at the time. Coconut oil really is one of the richest sources of saturated fat on the planet, with more than 90 percent of its fatty acids being saturated ones.
With advancement in technology, we now understand that some saturated fats are harmless. Coconut oil doesn’t have the typical saturated fats that are found in fatty cuts of beef or cheese. Coconut oil contains something called medium chain triglycerides, which are fatty acids of medium length. Most fatty acids are long chain. The body metabolizes these fats differently.
The fatty acids in coconut oil go directly to from the liver to the digestive tract for quick energy, or are turned into ketones, which also have beneficial effects that we will discuss later.
So don’t worry about the fats in coconut oil. They won’t turn into fat around your middle!
3. Reduces the Risk and Symptoms of Diabetes
Consuming coconut oil can help to control and improve the secretion of insulin and sugar in the blood. As we mentioned above, coconut oil is converted into energy for immediate use, or into ketone bodies, which are the perfect alternative source of energy to sugar.
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