A health conclusion to coconut confusion.

Consumers are consistently confused as to the truth behind the consumption of  coconut fat, and furthermore, they are confused about fats in general.

Society is still somewhat stuck in the ‘fat-phobic’ belief system. We can thank the relentlessly overwhelming amount of so called “experts” in health and nutrition, screaming “health facts” and “nutrition tips” throughout the splay of media.

The evidence for the use of good fats in your diet is prolific across science. But what are good fats? Some may think that vegetable oil is good, however this is far from the truth. Any oil that is processed, heated or put through a chemical process, such as bleaching is poison.

To keep it simple, you basically just need to eat food in its most natural state, all of the time. The same rings true with your selection of fats. If you eat processed food (including fats) your body goes into a immune response, fatiguing the system, reducing metabolism and certainly not supporting its function.

If you eliminate grain and processed high GI carbohydrates from your diet, your body will switch to using fats as a primary energy source. The exciting thing is that you generate profoundly more energy from a fat source than that of carbohydrate and even proteins.

The next question people commonly ask me is “what fats do I eat then?”,  and once again the answer is simply. Eat the fats that are in their purest form. Some examples of good fat sources are :

  • coconut
  • nuts (ideally activated)
  • grass-fed meat
  • wild caught fish
  • seeds
  • avocado
  • extra virgin oil (not heated, so use in dressings

Thanks to the 1990’s prolific advertising that “saturated fats are not good for you”, society is deeply confused whether coconut fat, being a saturated fat, is on the good list or the bad.

They are in fact a saturated fat (as is meat fat), however they have a high amount of medium-chain fatty acids/triglycerides  (MCT), as opposed to long chain fatty-acids (found in other meat sources). The MCT’s are  harder for us to store as a fat (adipose tissue) and profoundly easier for us to burn  off as an energy source, compared to other animal fats.

It can therefore be concluded that coconut fats are a highly beneficial form of fat to consume, when compared to most other sources.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, virgin coconut oil has potential antioxidant properties due to certain plant nutrients in it called phenolic compounds.

The AND continue by stating that “coconut oil can support cardiovascular health, immune system, skin and hair health, weight management and performance enhancement”. Other supportive research shows:

 

  • virgin coconut oil helps reduce unhealthy LDL cholesterol and increases the supporting HDL cholesterol. This results in an overall improvement of the cardiovascular system
  • coconut oil has high levels of lauric acid which in turn enhances the bodies anti-bacterial protection. It also  scientifically proven that this high grade coconut oil has high anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties
  • improves dermatitis, other skin conditions and promotes speedy healing for wounds.
  • reduces protein loss for hair
  • increases diet-induced thermogenesis, which can aid in fat reduction, particularly around the abdominal area
  • MCT are easily absorbed into the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and become a readily available energy source for consumers, therefore improving performance and mental acuity

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The evidence in support for consuming good fats, especially coconut fat is extensive. Consumers should try to aim for a good 20% of their daily food consumption to come from fats and combine this with healthy proteins (again from healthy animals) and an abundance of fruits and vegetables.

By following these general guidelines with nutrition and incorporating exercise and a positive mindset (coconut fat will help this), you will feel strong, focused and motivated every single day.

REFERENCES:

-medical news today

-bioregional food and source corporation

 

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