In the past 60 years there have been multiple studies on the Pacific Island populations who get 30-60% of their total caloric intake from the fully saturated fat of coconut oil, and yet they have shown nearly zero cardiovascular disease.
The truth is that not all saturated fats are created equally. There are those created “naturally” and those man made or artificially manipulated into a saturated state through a process called hydrogenation. This is a process of adding hydrogen atoms to vegetable and seed oils while heating it, which produces a rancid and thickened oil that only enhances the shelf life of the product it becomes a part of. These become trans fats.
Most all nutritional experts now agree that these types of fats should be avoided and so it became across the board somehow that ALL saturated fats were bad. This is not true though, not at all!
Coconut oil is one of those amazing oils that is saturated but promotes amazing health like:
– promotes great heart health
– promotes weight loss
– promotes the immune system
– promotes a healthy metabolism
– promotes a great energy source
– promotes skin health and youth
– promotes healthy thyroid function
You might ask, how is this all possible from a saturated fat? The answer is that coconut oil has a “secret” ingredient. This secret ingredient is called lauric acid, which is 50% of the fat content in coconut oil and is rarely found in nature. Lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
Coconut oil is also one of the FEW oils that stays healthy while cooking it at a HIGH heat.
Enjoy the benefits! ( :