Coconut Oil Truths
Fats are essential to life according to Healthy Living experts. You need fat for optimal brain function, cell division and function, to protect internal organs, and to keep you warm. Fat is also essential for absorbing fat soluble vitamins.
Where people run into trouble is knowing which type of fat they should consume, saturated or unsaturated, and how much.
All you need to maintain a healthy body weight, encourage optimal metabolic function, and to keep you healthy, is 2-3 servings per day; most of which you will get just eating a healthy diet.
Let’s have a look at the main types of fat, serving sizes, and the truth about the one saturated fat that’s incredibly healthy for you; coconut oil.
Saturated and Trans Fat Truths
- Research shows saturated fat raises LDL or bad cholesterol. When you have high levels of LDL cholesterol you increase your risk of stroke, heart disease, and numerous other serious illnesses.
- Trans fat is a synthetic or “fake” fat that’s often found in processed fast food. Things like cakes, cookies and pastries, crackers, donuts, deep fried food, chips, chocolate bars and candy. Trans fat is cheaper to use that other fats and this partially hydrogenated fat raises bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowers good cholesterol (HDL).
- VIP – If a product has less than .2 grams of trans fat per serving it can be labeled free of trans fat, according to healthycanadians.gc.ca.
- Natural saturated fats in small amounts, found in beef, chicken, pork, and other animals, is believed to help lower your cancer risk, according to WebMD. However, our problem is with overconsumption in combination with an unhealthy lifestyle in general. Makes for a poisonous combination.
- Other sources of saturated fat include: coconut, palm oil, butter, cheese, milk and other dairy products, shortening and lard.
Unsaturated Fat Facts
- This fat is usually liquid at room temperature.
- Common unsaturated fats are from fish; like salmon, tuna, and herring; along with nuts and vegetable oils. All-natural organic unrefined oils are your best choice.
- Unsaturated fats give your body the essential fatty acids it requires for optimal health that it can’t make on its own.
- These fats can easily be incorporated into your diet with organic oil salad dressing and sauces; grilled, steamed one broiled fish; and increasing your intake of healthy seeds, nuts, avocado, and olives.
Coconut Oil Truths
- Coconut oils is a saturated fat with numerous health benefits, including: hair care, skin care, strengthened immunity, digestion improvement, and so much more.
- It’s safe for fighting wrinkles than accompany the regular again process.
- Studies show it has anti-aging properties to help battle infections, eczema, psoriasis, and numerous other skin ailments according to organicfacts.net.
- Coconut oil has about 50% lauric acid, which helps deter heart conditions; it also helps prevent atherosclerosis.
*It has medium chain fatty acids which aids in weight loss. Studies also show it triggers a reduction in abdominal obesity.
The micro bacterial properties in this fat help control fungi and support better digestion.
- Helps prevent and dissolves kidney stones.
- Aid in the prevention of liver disease.
- Aids if blood sugar regulation.
- Increases your ability to absorb minerals
- Better teeth because coconut oil increase calcium absorption.
Fat Serving Size
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil, peanut oil, hemp oil, or grape seed oil
- 1/4 avocado
- 4-5 olives
- 6-8 ounce serving of grilled salmon gives you 1 serving of healthy unsaturated fat
- 1/4 cup nuts
By eating a healthy diet you should naturally get all the healthy fat you need. Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of organic oil-based dressing, sprinkle 1/4 cup slivered almonds on your stir-fry or oatmeal, or spread a couple crackers with a smear of avocado paste.
Take control of your health by making sure you get organic oil and coconut oil into your day!