Coconuts and Weight Loss

Most weight loss diets leave you feeling deprived and hungary because they are rooted on the consumption of low calorie and low fat foods. Coconuts contain healthy medium chain fatty acids to help increase your metabolism. Instead of being stored as fat, when digested coconuts are converted into energy to help increase your metabolism so your body can burn more calories.

Coconut are easy to digest, require fewer digestive enzymes to break down and improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble vitamins and cannot be absorbed without adequate fat in the diet. If you do not eat enough fat, your body will increase the fat production making enzymes. Thus why many people on low fat diets experience intense cravings because their body needs fat.

Medium chain fatty acids pass through cell membranes easily and are easily digested without requiring extra energy or enzymes. Coconuts are extremely good for those with a slow metabolism, digestive problems, constipation, fatigue, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Coconuts can increase the activity of the thyroid by boosting your energy which also increases your metabolism.

All other fat or oil molecules (including vegetable oils) have long chain fatty acids in their chemical structure. The length of these molecules make it difficult to digest and require extra energy otherwise your body will start storing the fat and you will be gaining weight.

There are three categories of fatty acids: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. All fats and oils consist of a mixture of these categories of fatty acids. The major sources of saturated fat are oils, margarine, meats, milk, cheese and butter. A high intake of saturated fat increases the amount of cholesterol produced in the liver and in the blood. A high level of cholesterol in the blood is linked with increased risk of heart disease.

Coconuts (specifically coconut oil) has been mis-labeled a dietary troublemaker because it is high in saturated fat, which as we just read we want to reduce the amount of saturated fat on our diets … right? Well not quite the case with coconut oil as the saturated fat in coconut oil is completely different from the saturated fat found in meats and other vegetable oils. Coconut oil is a unique fat predominantly made up of of medium chain fatty acids, not long chain fatty acids like all other fats and oils. Therefore coconut oil it is not stored in your body as fat!

Try using coconut oil or coconut butter on your toast. Switch to coconut oil instead of other vegetable oils for all your cooking or baking needs. Enjoy coconut milk in your cereal, coffee or tea. If you need to use flour, then try coconut flour. Not only is coconut flour gluten free, but is also naturally low in digestible carbohydrates and rich in dietary fiber. Coconut fiber absorbs water like a sponge so remember to drink plenty of water when you eat foods made with coconut flour.

For thousand of years, people in Asia and the Pacific Islands have eaten food containing coconuts, coconut oil and coconut flour. Numerous scientific studies have shown that people who regularly consume coconuts as a part of their diet do not generally struggle with obesity, heart disease and high cholesterol. Populations around the world who rely on coconuts and eat them everyday demonstrate a remarkable level of good health.

Please remember that when you purchase your coconuts, coconut oil, coconut butter or coconut flour that you should always buy ORGANIC and RAW coconut products to achieve optimum the health benefits.

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