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Coconut oil as well as well as palm and palm kernel oil have been misunderstood and maligned because they contain saturated fat. Though containing saturated fatty acids, these fats are not the same type as found in animal and dairy products.
This exotic oil contains medium-chain fatty acids or triglycerides. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are burned as fuel by the body instead of being stored as fat. This oil contains only six calories per gram compared to the normal nine.
Vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, soybean, canola, peanut, and corn are composed of LCTs or long-chain triglycerides. They contain nine calories per gram. These vegetable oils are consumed in excess in the American diet, and stored as fat.
Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years. Forty years of research has shown that it is good for reducing the risk factors for heart disease. It also boosts body metabolism. Cattle ranchers in the 1940s looking to fatten up their cattle fed them this oil. They were soon disappointed because the cattle remained lean and fit.
Coconut oil increases the body's rate of metabolic activity. This is the reason why body temperature and blood pressure rises. For this reason, it is not recommended for use by those who are on hypertension medication.
Coconut oil increases thyroid activity. Body fat is burned for energy and body fat storage is minimized. This oil is now being recognized as a powerful tool in the fight against immune system diseases including AIDS. It is also the perfect oil for cooking.
I recommend replacing all vegetable cooking oils with this medium-chain triglyceride. It has a very high burn temperature which means that heat will not destroy its nutrient content.Healthy living > Weight loss > Coconut oil