Friday, August 13, 2010

Coconut oil

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Coconut oil doesn't have a good reputation.  It is said to raise  blood cholesterol and causes heart disease.  But this is far from the truth.
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A study on hydrogenated coconut oil gave birth to this misconception.  It is now knows that the process of hydrogenation creates trans fatty acids (TFAs) which are toxic entities that enter cell membranes, hamper the body's use of essential fatty acids and interfere with normal cell functions.TFAs also cause a rise in  blood cholesterol.  This is according to the expert.

But TFAs are not present in natural coconut oil.

 In some country like Polynesia and Sri Lanka  supplier of this products, shows that dietary coconut oil does not lead to high serum cholesterol or to high mortality or morbidity from coronary heart diseases.  Study show no change in serum cholesterol level from intake of coconut oil.

Coconut oil is saturated fat, hence the bad rap.  Unfortunately, most dietary guidelines fail to distinguish between different kinds of saturated fats and insist that all saturated fats are harmful. This is misleading: scientist now recognize that just as there is good cholesterol, there are also good saturated fats.

 Fats are either short -, medium or long chain based on the number of carbon molecules they contain.  Nearly two thirds of the saturated fat in coconut oil is easily broken down and used as fuel by the body, not sored.  These types of fatty acids are less likely to cause obesity.

 Nearly 50 percent of the fatty acid in natural coconut oil is lauric acid, which is converted to the fatty acids monolaurin in the body.

Lauric acid:
  •  helps a variety of microorganisms including bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Destroy the lipid membrane of enveloped viruses like HIV, measles, herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and influenza
  • May help in treating AIDS. (still in research)
  • Is a major component of human breast milk that help protects children from illness in infancy
Capric Acid, which comprises another seven percent of coconut oil fat content, also stimulates antimicrobial activity.


 

3 comments:

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Coconut oil is made up of around 90% saturated fat, 6% monounsaturated fat, and 2% polyunsaturated fat. Differing from other highly saturated fats however, coconut oil is mostly made up of medium chain fatty acids

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Between the coconut and the apple cider vineager - are you actually every hungry? Because that seems like one hell of an anorexis-style weight loss plan.

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This blog is very addictive. After reading the benefits of Coconut Oil, I went to the Health Food Store and found Jarrow's Brand & decided to give it a go..

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