I stumbled across coconut oil while on a visit to Costco in April of 2013. I bought some out of curiosity and came home and did some web research on it. I learned that while it is a saturated fat, not all saturated fats are alike and more importantly, some saturated fats, including coconut oil, are extremely good for you. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) as opposed to the long chain fatty acids (LCFA) found in most oil in our diets. Coconut oil is easy on the digestive system, requiring minimal digestion. It travels immediately to the liver to be converted into energy. It doesn’t circulate in the body and end up being stored as fat. So for a quick energy boost, eat a spoonful of coconut oil or add it to your food.
To learn more about this fascinating fat and the many benefits you can enjoy from it read on.
Dr. Mercola’s Food Facts said “Nearly 98% of the fats and oils in our diets are composed of LCFA. That’s significant, because the physiological effects of MCFA in coconut oil, which contains powerful anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, are distinctly different from those of LCFA, which have a negative effect on your cholesterol levels. It’s rare, and the reason why coconut oil is so sought after. Its health benefits are as hard to beat as they are to explain!”
The MCFAs feed healthful bacteria in the large intestine and help fight off harmful pathogens in the digestive tract.