Dietary Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut is blessed with a lot of benefits for human health. Especially, Coconut oil, which is rich in Saturated fats, and good HDL Cholesterol, is extremely helpful towards reducing chances of cardiovascular diseases upon its regular consumption within moderation.

The fats found in Coconut Oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are less problematic to our heart’s health as compared to other oils. Coconut oil quickly absorbs in stomach, and forms Ketones that are extremely helpful for our brain and mind.

Coconut Oil Benefits

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Various research studies are on to ensure that Coconut oil serves as a ready and cheapest antidote to epilepsy and Alzheimer’s diseases. People categorized as ‘Tokelauans’ living in South Pacific used to get over 65% of their daily requirement of calories from Coconuts. They are found to have lesser heart-related diseases than others.

Another interesting thing about this oil is that it forms a substance called ‘Monolaurin’ inside our stomachs when digested. Scientifically, Monolaurin has been found to be quite effective in combating deadly bacteria, fungi and viruses inside our bodies. Coconut oil prevents the spread of yeast infections in our bodies.

Use Coconut Oil Only in Moderation: Says Study

The latest notification from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had cautioned the consumers from consuming excess of coconut oils. Many of the dietary benefits of coconut oils have found to have not been experimented actually on humans.

Professor Frank Sacks, professor of cardiovascular disease prevention (Harvard School of Public Health) opined that consumption of coconut oil doesn’t become healthy just because it increases both LDL and HDL cholesterol.

In fact, excessive consumption of the same for daily use might backfire and would worsen the health. One tablespoon of coconut oil has 120 Calories, No Protein, 14 Gm of Fat, 0 Cholesterol and it comes with no vitamins and minerals either.

Keri Gans, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, added that Coconut Oil should be taken in moderation only. If taken in large amount it could lead to high cholesterol and other diseases in the body”. Another expert, Mr. Willett felt that Coconut oil was less healthy than olive, soya or even vegetable oil.

Excessive Use of Coconut Oil Won’t Kill You, But……

As the debate on whether coconut oil is good or bad still rages on it’s important to say that some amount of saturated fat is also necessary to keep the rate of metabolism clock inside our body work to its perfection. If you consume coconut oil for daily use then a small amount is perfect but don’t take it excessively.

Another important fact is that ‘intake of any fat-enriched stuff in summer season is not recommended. Such substances including french-fries, snacks and chips fried using coconut oil or any other oil tend to take a longer time to digest leading to acidity, hypertension and other discomforts”.


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