Coconut Oil: Why You Should Include it in Your Diet

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.

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Tony

30 responses to “Coconut Oil: Why You Should Include it in Your Diet

  1. Viva la coconut oil! Love the photo. Happy Nesting.

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  2. jademihalicz

    I loved this – so informative!

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  3. Definitely some good info here. Nicely done Tony!

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  4. Thank you for the follow Tony. I could not pass up reposting this information. Bob

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  5. Tim

    Nice info. Coconut oil is only about 15% MCFA and the body will store any excess fat ingested in adipose tissue. I believe coconut oil is good for us as our ancestors consumed it. Via the coconut! We just have to be aware of suddenly drinking coconut oil as if it is some miracle ‘superfood’. Not that you were suggesting that 🙂

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  6. This is such a great succinct post on coconut oil! Love your articles!

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  7. Tony,
    Thank you for the post! This is great because not many people realize the affect of long chain fatty on health! I am glad that you are taking an interest in this, i cook all of my foods in organic coconut oil.
    Take care!
    God bless!
    Dirk

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  8. sm

    informative post on coconut oil

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  9. donutsplace

    I love coconut oil!
    It tastes so good and it is good for you.
    I use it for various things. Cooking, I use it in my smoothies too.
    My dogs and cats really love it . It is good for them too. It also makes their coats shine.
    It is a good thing to use on your skin as well as hair.
    Sometimes I will just eat a tablespoon of it. It tastes good too!

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    • Thanks for sharing your experiences. I start every morning with a spoonful off peanut butter dipped in coconut oil. Been doing that for several years now. Great energy booster.

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  10. LOVE this post! My future goal to be a wellness consultant for aged care residents, incorporating engagement, movement and nutrition into life as you get older is so important! Coconut oil is AMAZING for brain and general health. When I don’t eat a lot of coconut oil I actually have to moisturise my skin more. Thanks for the great post!!

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  11. Love coconut oil! Thanks for the info.

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  12. mryals

    Loved your whole post! really had a lot of good information!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I shall give it a fair trial will post later freddyb

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  14. Wilhelmina

    Thanks for the information. A friend of mine was telling me about the coconut oil but I wasn’t convinced on trying it. But you seem to have convinced me to try it. Great job!!!
    👍

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    • Thanks for sharing that, Wilhelmina. You won’t be sorry. I have it in the morning with peanut butter and at night I cook my popcorn in it. I also use it as an aftershave lotion.

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  15. Kwasi Oduro

    I love it so much.How can l get some to use regularly.

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  16. edward segun

    I need information on the importance of coconut oil pls

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  17. I do agree with your stated benefits of coconut oil. But, why is the American Health Association stating that to manage blood pressure you should aim to “eat a diet that is rich in non-tropical vegetable oils”. Is not coconut oil regarded as a tropical oil? Here is the link to the American Health Association http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/MakeChangesThatMatter/Managing-Blood-Pressure-with-a-Heart-Healthy-Diet_UCM_301879_Article.jsp#.WSydNBP5jok

    It would seem the American Health Association advocates avoiding consuming coconut oil. I would be pleased to hear your response and do enjoy your comments Tony.

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    • I think they are being careless about lumping all the fats together like that. I can tell you that I have peanut butter and coconut oil every morning of my life. I cook in it and make my popcorn in it. I have published my cholesterol numbers several times. I stand by my recommendation.

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      • I will continue enjoying coconut oil. I agree with you, the arguments in favour of it are overwhelming. I use the unrefined coconut oil that has the coconut aroma and flavour. I particularly enjoy frying salmon fillet with it. I also enjoy the oil on toast rather than butter, and with peanut butter it is delicious!

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