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Healthy and Nutritional Benefits from Coconut Oil and Other Saturated Fats


Coconut oil is classified as a saturated fat but unique in the fact that it is a medium chain triglyceride.  After eating, it is transported to the liver and converted to energy.  It is not stored as fat.  Many studies have shown that by consuming coconut oil through a number of complex steps, it actually helps us lose weight.  It protects the heart and entire cardiovascular system.  Coconut oil also contains lauric acid which is used by the body to make the same disease fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin that babies make from lauric acid they get from breast milk.  Monolaurin is a substance that keeps infants from getting viral, bacterial or protozoal infections.  Some people question the use of coconut oil and all other saturated fats.  The focus of dietary recommendations by the USDA, AMA, and AHA is usually a reduction of saturated fat intake.  No relation between saturated fat intake and risk of heart disease was observed in the most informative prospective study to date.  William P. Castelli, in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 1992, declared for the record that, “In the Framingham Studies, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person’s cholesterol level was.”  He further admitted that, “In Framingham, for example, we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least, and were the most physically active.    Coconut oil is a wonderful food to consume daily.  It provides great benefits for a healthy heart and cholesterol.

 

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