COCONUT OIL - IS THIS OIL HEALTHY FOR WOMEN?
In the recent years coconut has grown in popularity as there are claims that its helps in weight loss and also slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of Alzheimer’s disease is higher in women
Manufacturers have started replacing other oils with coconut oil in packaged products and many households are using it for cooking. It is used not only in fried foods but also in coffees, shampoos, sweets and smoothies.
In July 2016, results of a survey in the United States showed that 72 percent of people think coconut oil is healthy. However, only 37 percent of nutritionist agree.
American heart Association and the US Department of Agriculture caution consumers against coconut oil and other tropical oils as it is saturated fat.
COCONUT AND SATURATED FAT
The coconut oil debate goes on around the potentially bad health effects of its saturated fat content.
One tablespoon serving of coconut oil has about 11 grams of saturated fat out of its total 13 grams of fat, according to USDA.The latest study of Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that as saturated fats overall cholesterol levels the intake should be less than 10 percent of your calories per day.
Christy Brisette, R.D., President of 80 Twenty Nutrition says “If you eat two slices of cheese, a turkey burger, and half a cup of ice cream, you're already had above your recommended amount of saturated fat. That's why, for most people, adding coconut oil to the mix doesn't make much sense”
HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is the known as the ‘superfood’. It is the world’s most weight loss friendly fat. It consists of unique fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism.
Several studies have shown that the most dangerous fat in the abdominal area can be lost with the use of coconut oil in everyday diet. It also has beneficial properties for brains.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil consists of healthy saturated fats and has a positive effect as compared to fats present in other foods. The fats present in coconut oil promotes weight loss and fat burning and provides body and brain with quick energy. This oil also raises the HDL, good Cholesterol level in your body which is then linked to reduce heart disease risk.
Usually the fats in the diet are known as long-chain triglycerides, but the fats in coconut oil are known as medium cycle triglycerides, this means that fatty acids are shorter than most other fats.
These types of fats when consumed goes into the liver where they are used as quick source of energy or turned into ketones. Ketones have powerful benefits for brain, and have been studied as a treatment for epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. The higher longevity of women is connected to the higher risk of Alzheimer’s diseases in women.
POPULATION EATING COCONUT OIL
In the Western world coconut is known as the exotic food and is consumed a lot by people who are health conscious. However, in some parts of the world coconut is he staple food consumed by many generations. A population known as Tokelauans, which lives in the South Pacific are the greatest consumers of coconut. They used to eat over 60% calories from coconuts. When researched they were in excellent health and had a very low rate of heart diseases.
Another example is the Kitavans that ate a lot of coconut and remained in excellent health.
COCONUT OIL AND FAT BURNING
Obesity is the biggest and main concern in the current world.
The medium cycle triglycerides in coconut oil can increase the calorie burn rate as compared to the same number of calories in long cycle triglycerides.
According to a study,the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%.
Women who wish to lose weigh should include coconut oil in their diet.
It is also very useful in burning the harmful abdominal fats.
In a study of 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 30 mL (2 tablespoons) of coconut oil per day led to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference over a period of 12 weeks.
COCONUT OIL AND HUNGER PANGS
One more interesting feature of the fatty acids in coconut oil is that it can reduce the hunger. This can be associated in a way that fats are metabolized as Ketones are the agents which can have appetite reducing effect. The reduction in appetite may result in losing body weight in he long term.
COCONUT OIL AND BEAUTY TIPS
Coconut also has many uses that are not involved in consuming coconut oil.
This oil is also being used in cosmetic industry to improve the appearance and health of skin and hair.
Studies conducted on dry skin also showed that coconut oil can improve the moisture content of the skin and also reduce symptoms of eczema.
Coconut oil can also be used o protect and nourish damaged hair it also prevents hair graying.
Another benefit of this is using it as a mouth wash in a process known as oil pulling which can kill harmful bacteria in the mouth, reduce bad breath and improve dental health.
COCONUT OIL AND COMMON DISEASES
Coconut oil is the agent which can increase HDL, known as good cholesterol in the body.
According to a research Coconut oil is an antidepressant, as it has anti-stress properties. Depression and stress is common among women.
TYPES OF COCONUT OIL
There are three types of coconut oil. Not all coconut oils are same with the same health benefits. Some are healthier than the others.
PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COCONUT OIL
This type of coconut oil is not at all healthy and has the same harmful properties as other processed oils.
REFINED COCONUT OIL
This is extracted from the chemically bleached and deodorized coconut meat.
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
This type is extracted from the fresh from the fruits of fresh matured coconuts without using temperature and chemicals. It is considered unrefined and is the one to offer health benefits.