What's all the hype about coconuts?

Coconut oil has been pretty popular for awhile and I didn't completely know why. I know that coconuts are a great source of good fats, but was that all that was so special about them? I decided to do some research and was surprised about all of the great benefits of coconut oil!

1 | Good fats | 

Coconut oil is rich in fats that contain Medium Chain Triglyerides, or MCTs, (I am sounding pretty smart here) which are metabolized differently than other fats. They go straight to the liver and can be used as a source of energy and have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer's. 

2 | Health | 

Cultures who consume a lot of coconuts are among the healthiest people on the planet. Pacific islander populations like the Tokeleauans and Kitavens eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and have excellent health with no evidence of heart disease.

3 | Energy | 

The MCTs in the coconut oil increase energy compared to the same amount of calories in other fats. 15-30 grams of MCTs a day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day!

4 | Kills Bacteria | 

Coconut oil is rich in Lauric Acid which can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping stace off infections.

5 | Reduces Hunger | 

MCTs are metabolized and release ketones which have an appetite reducing effect. A study showed that when more MCTs are consumed, the less calories were consumed throughout the day which may positively affect body weight over the long term.

6 | Reduces Seizures | 

Ketones which are released from eating a low carb, high fat diet, dramtically reduces the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven't had success with multiple kinds of drugs.

7 | Lowers Cholesterol | 

Studies show that a low carb, high fat diet raises good cholesterol and reduced bad cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart disease.

8 | Moisturizes | 

People with dry skin can apply coconut oil which can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin. It also can be protective against hair damage and can block out 20% of the sun's ultrviolet rays. It can also be used as a mouthwash and can kill bad breath!

8 | Lose Belly Fat | 

Since coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it appears to be especially effective in reducing belly fat. Belly fat is very dangerous and a study showed that by supplementing with 1 ounce of cocount oil per day lead to a reduction in waist circumference and fat percentage!

All of that information has sold me on the benefits of coconut oil. Go pick some up today and let this superfood work its magic!

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