There are many types of cooking oil on grocery store shelves, but only one of them has received a boost in popularity recently: coconut oil. Recently embraced by health-conscious advocates, coconut oil has ended up in many people’s daily meals, from roasting pans to baking sheets.
Although coconut oil is nearly all saturated fat, providing no vitamins or minerals, research over the years has shown the intake of coconut to have positive health effects.
Better cholesterol levels
Regular intake of coconut oil does not negatively impact cardiovascular health in the same way that other oils do. Medical News Today, a health website based in the U.K., reports a study in which participants who ingested coconut oil over 12 weeks saw their good HDL and bad LDL cholesterol levels at a better state than those who ingested soybean oil.
This is due to the presence of a saturated fat called lauric acid, which improves cholesterol ratios in the blood by promoting pregnenolone.
Improved glucose tolerance
Because of coconut oil’s high amount of medium-chain triglycerides, studies have shown improved glucose tolerance and reduced body fat accumulation, according to Medical News Today. Additional research has indicated a correlation between improved insulin sensitivity and intake of coconut oil for some diabetics.
Lauric acid and monolaurin also contribute to your body’s ongoing health by killing many bacteria, fungi and viruses within you. According to AuthorityNutrition.com, coconut oil can function as an anti-fungal that keeps microbes like candida albicans in check.
Improved weight loss
According to research shared by Medical News Today, studies show that the intake of oils high in long-chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil, has indicated a trend of decreased waistlines. The medium-chain fatty acids contained in coconut oil help increase calorie burning, making this a healthier alternative for those looking to lose weight.
Another great benefit of coconut oil’s lauric acid is its antioxidant properties, especially in virgin oil varieties. This tropical oil, according to “Shape Magazine,” eliminates some of the free radicals that damage cells and accelerate aging. Coconut’s anti-aging properties can be enjoyed topically or via ingestion.
The saturated fat in coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, as reported by OrganicFacts.net, which eliminate bacteria and parasites that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also aids the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, which improves the digestive functions of those who regularly consume the oil.
While studies on coconut oil have yielded positive results, many of these claims have not yet been approved by the American Heart Association or the USDA. So, make sure your intake of coconut oil is done in moderation.
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