I may be late to the game, but coconut oil has been discussed quite a lot recently. It has been considered as one of the superfoods for a while now but I never actually found out what it does to our health. For a while now, the beauty industry has been using coconut oil a lot as one of the ingredients due to their hydrating properties. I have also heard so many DIY of using coconut oil in hair and face masks. Let’s dive in more on why coconut oil is considered a good addition to our dietary intake.
Here are some of the advantages of coconut oil
1) Feeling Satiated Faster
If you can include coconut oil in your salad or in your food, it will help to reduce hunger and control the desire to eat more. Coconut oil contains 60-65 percent medium-chain triglycerides, known as MCTs. The amount of time taken to metabolize this shorter chain length is shorter in comparison to LCTs. This means that this can aid in burning calories faster. With that being said, you still need to add exercise and activities to help you lose weight.
2) Protects your Skin, Hair and Nails
Coconut oil can be found in many beauty products that are meant to hydrate and nourish your skin, and consuming the oil in your diet will have the same effect. It can prevent hair breakage and help you with any dandruff or dry hair conditions.
3) Healthy Saturated Fat
Sometimes the word fat or oil can have a negative connotation, but there are healthy, saturated fats that can be found in foods like avocado, coconuts, or nuts. Unlike other saturated fatty acids and trans fats, coconut oil’s medium chain fatty acids are processed by the body very efficiently and become converted to energy immediately instead of body fat. If you include these healthy fats into your diet, your body will thank you.
4) Improving your Immunity
Coconut oil can improve your immune system due to its antimicrobial lipids, which ultimately kill harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can help in generating more white blood cell counts. This way, it can support the natural body immune system to fight viruses.
5) Boosts Heart Health
It seems counter-intuitive that oils would improve your heart health, doesn’t it? Coconut oil consists of 90% fatty acids so how can that be good for your heart? The medium chain fatty acids in it provide the body with good cholesterol called HDL. Populations whose diets consisted largely of coconut had a significantly low risk of heart disease.
All in all, there are many more benefits of coconut oil than most people know. From skincare to burning calories to heart health, it lives up to its title as a superfood.
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