When you think about weight loss, you might think you should minimize fat consumption. This type of thinking may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. Instead, think about consuming the right types of fat. One of the fats that has been found to be beneficial for weight loss is coconut oil.
Consuming coconut oil is very different than consuming other types of fat, because it reacts differently within your body. Most types of dietary fats contain long-chain fatty acids, but coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized in a unique way.
When you consume the MCTs in coconut oil, they move from the digestive tract to the liver. Since the MCTs in coconut oil are "thermogenic," meaning that they require a higher amount of energy to digest and metabolize, they help to boost your metabolism and provide you with additional energy throughout the day.
Since the body processes MCTs in this way, they increase the energy that is expended (compared with other types of fats). When energy is used at higher levels, fat loss occurs.
Researchers at the University of Geneva found that when 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil is consumed each day, energy expenditure increases by about 120 calories each day.
Tips for Buying Coconut Oil
Since coconut oil is becoming more popular, you can find it at most grocery stores. Not all coconut oil is created equal, so you’ll want to be selective about the type you purchase.
When you are shopping, you will see two main categories of coconut oil: refined and unrefined. The refined coconut oil will not have the coconut taste, but it has been altered from its original form.
For the best health benefits, purchase unrefined coconut oil and organic. Since it hasn’t been processed, it contains more antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to combat free-radical activity within the body. Look for labels with words such as "virgin" or "extra-virgin" to make sure that you are buying unrefined coconut oil.
How to Use Coconut Oil
You can start using coconut oil where you might usually use canola oil or butter. For example, if you are using a recipe that calls for 3 tablespoons of canola oil, try using 3 tablespoons of coconut oil instead.
Here are a few ideas of how we like to incorporate coconut oil into our diet:
· Stir fry vegetables in coconut oil
· Add a tablespoon of coconut oil into a smoothie
· Spread coconut oil on your toast instead of butter
· Use coconut oil as a butter substitute in baking
· Fry eggs in coconut oil
and Bruno's favorite...Make popcorn with coconut oil
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