Coconut oil has been growing in popularity the last few years and with good reason! There are so many uses and benefits of coconut oil. While in the past, it got a bad rap for being high in saturated fats, it has now won us over from its type of fat known as medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCT's). These are much different from the longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils which are typically stored in the body as fat. MCT's, on the other hand, actually are burned for energy which can aide in fat burning and weight loss!
These MCT's not only boost metabolism but are similar to the fats in mother's milk and have similar nutriceutical effects. The most benefit seems to come from the lauric acid. This predominant fatty acid chain found in coconut oil gives benefits of an anti-microbial and anti-viral shown to destroy bacteria and viruses such as helicobacter pylori, giardia lamblia, HIV, herpes simplex and even Candida.
It is estimated that over 80 million Americans suffer from impaired insulin response. Fact is, we eat way too much sugar and complex carbohydrates.
Our bodies naturally release insulin after eating so the glucose can be used by the cells to produce energy. If our pancreas releases too much from high sugar diets, this can lead to inflammation in the cells which may also result in weight gain, especially visceral fat around the waist.
Those most at risk are folks with triglycerides over 150, HDL under 40, those with high blood pressure and BMI over 25. Folks who eat diets high in sugar and carbohydrates such as pastas, breads, chips, pizza and doughnuts are obviously at risk. Eating a diet focused on lean meats, fish, raw nuts, veggies and healthy fats will significantly reduce your chances for glucose problems.
Here are some basic steps you can take to help reduce your risks:
1. Exercise daily
2. Maintain your ideal weight
3. Eat lean and clean such as fruits, veggies, nuts...