Thursday, March 30, 2006

Coconut Oil – energy and increased metabolism!

Okay, so last night after a couple of hours of arduous volunteering, I met some friends at my favorite neighborhood hangout. After stuffed jalapeños, French fries and anything else I could find to dip in ranch dressing as well as the sugar fix I had with cookies and ice cream when I came home…I was feeling pretty awful. I don’t usually eat such a poor diet and I knew my body would be suffering the next day.

The next morning I drank hot tea with honey and coconut oil as soon as I woke up. I have been reading about how much energy organic coconut oil gives you. Wow. I was surprised! About 30 minutes after I had the coconut oil, I got a bunch of work done and zipped off to do a power workout. I should have been sluggish and whiney as with any other time I filled my body with junk.

So what is it about coconut oil that gives you energy and makes you feel amazing?
Medium Chain Fatty Acids! Coconut oil is composed of MCFAs which are turned into energy when they are metabolized in the liver. The result is a great, long-lasting energy boost. You may just want to rethink that morning coffee!

Will all of this energy come at the price of weight gain?
Coconut oil actually boosts your metabolism. Coconut oil and MCFAs produce energy that you use as you are going about your day. Because you are using the fuel for energy, it does not turn into fat that is stored in fat cells like Long Chain Fatty Acids. This is contrary to everything we know about saturated fats. It turns out that not all saturated fats are equal!

Try 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day as a test. You may not want to have it before you go to bed as you may have to much energy to sleep!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Coconut Oil 101 --

Heard the latest on coconut oil? The benefits of virgin coconut oil are both internal and external. Researchers and medical professionals have known this for years. However, we became scared of coconut oil years ago with all of the bad press it got. Here's why you may want to consider jumping on the coconut oil bandwagon:

I thought I'd take a minute and explain why coconut oil (particularly virgin coconut oil and organic coconut oil) have taken a 360 and why you should really start paying attention to this wonder product.

Previously the Bad Guy
Coconut oil got a bad reputation many years ago when we recognized saturated fats as having terrible artery-clogging properties. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), not all saturated fats have these properties. Coconut oil was lumped in with all of the other fatty oils (including olive oil) and believed to raise blood cholesterol. Coconut oil does not raise blood cholesterol. It goes against what many of us have been led to believe, but it is true. There are good saturated fats and coconut oil fits this description. Here's how it is different:

Almost 100% of the oil an fats that you eat everyday are made up of long chain fatty acids (LCFA). This includes so many of our favorites (some of which did get kudos as a healthly oil) like olive oil and canola oil. The difference between most oils and coconut oil comes down to this: coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA). This is what separates the artery-clogging fat that are bad for you from that which has wonderful health and medicinal benefits.

How are they different you ask? It is very simple. MCFAs are smaller and therefore easier to digest and metabolize. They do not have to go through the same bodily processes as LCFAs. Because MCFAs are metabolzed quicker, they provide a more efficient source of energy to the body. Coconut oil also helps make vitamins more powerful due to its quick absorption. When both MCFAs and other nutrients are present in the body, the MCFAs enhances the absorption of the other nutrients. There is research to back this point up.

Coconut oil is quickly becoming a must in our diets. Don't you think it deserves another look?

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