Why Add Heavy Fat Coconut Oil Anyway?
Coconut oil is full of healthy saturated fat (about 92%), with as much as 70% of that being a special type of fat called medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil unique among dietary fats due to this high MCT content. Unlike long chain fatty acids (LCFA), found in other foods, MCTs are easily burned for energy and are far less likely to be stored as fat.
MCTs are viewed as “functional” fats that provide a host of health benefits:
- lower body weight
- improve markers of metabolic health
- reduce belly fat (i.e., visceral fat)
- improve insulin sensitivity
- increases metabolism
- suppress appetite
- improved cognitive function
- antimicrobial properties
- bolsters immune system
Where to ADD more Coconut Oil to your diet
A great smoothie is packed with protein, healthy fats, and fresh fruits and
vegetables. Providing fiber and important health-promoting micronutrients and phytonutrients. In addition to nutrient density, smoothies also provide some peace of mind with variety and convenience. Just add a tablespoon of liquid MCT oil like this one from Delay Naturals.
2. Coffee and other Hot Drinks
Like coconut oil, coffee provides a host of health properties and potential health benefits – not only boosting your metabolism and fat burning but in tandem it also increases energy levels, provides antioxidants, and more. Combining these two powerhouses into one drink sounds like perfection to me! You can add coconut oil to other hot drinks as well. Hot drinks make it easier to use a variety of coconut oils – since they can be solid or liquid at room temperature.
Here’s a simple recipe for Coconut Oil Coffee and High Octane Coffee
3. Salad Dressings
If you follow other health sites, you’re likely already familiar with the fact
that most don’t recommend store-bought salad dressings in general.
Most are loaded with cheap vegetable oils (high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids), sugar, artificial sweeteners and colors, and MSG. Not exactly the vision of “health” a salad should encompass.
You can simply drizzle your salad in some MCT and add a little Himalayan Sea Salt and spices or make your own flavorful concoction and keep a bottle handy in the fridge.
Similar to store-bought salad dressing, mayonnaise is
loaded with soybean oil and other unhealthy fillers. Cheap vegetable oil options like this play a central role in the overconsumption of omega-6 fatty acids. This leads to an increase in virtually all inflammation-related conditions in adults and children, including cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, mood disorders, mental illness, autoimmune disease, and more.
Try this coconut oil-based mayonnaise from clinical nutritionist Dr. Axe
5. Sauteing and Frying
Unlike vegetable oils, coconut oil is stable when heated making it a great option for cooking a variety of foods. Oils like soybean and safflower can release potentially harmful compounds under high heat. Coconut oil does have a smoke point around 350 degrees Farenheit, so be careful to to exceed that threshold. Cooking beyond that point and the coconut oil releases free radicals and a substance called acrolein which will ruin the taste of your food.
Small Change, Big Impact
Coconut oil is one of the simplest ways to add heart healthy, mood and mind boosting goodness to your life!
Look out for part 2 for more ways to integrate coconut oil seemlessly into your diet!