Coconuts are often demonized for their saturated fat content, but evidence indicates that coconuts are actually great for weight loss. The diets of Asians and people living in the Pacific islands are rich in coconut content, which is possibly the secret to their robust heath.
• While it is true that coconuts are full of saturated fats, oversimplified science has given it a bad rep of being an unhealthy food. The specific type of saturated fat in coconut is known as MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides).
MCTs metabolize differently than other saturated fats. Our bodies use them for energy, and MCTs are hardly ever stored as body fat. They are metabolized almost like carbohydrates, but they don’t spike blood sugar levels the way carbs do.
In fact, research shows that MCTs can actually increase the rate of fat burning, energy expenditure, and reduced fat storage. Fats in coconut oil are burned off three times faster than other regular fats.
• Coconuts are easily digestible and need fewer enzymes to digest, break down and absorb essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They keep your hunger satiated for longer, which reduces untimely food cravings.
• Coconuts are beneficial for people with a slow metabolism. Coconuts work as a trigger to enhance thyroid function – a chief regulator of metabolic rate.
• Coconut oil increases the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body, and helps reduce waist circumference and abdominal obesity. It controls weight fluctuation and protects against insulin resistance. Research has established that people who consume a coconut-rich diet are at a reduced risk of suffering from heart disease and obesity.
• Coconut water is a health drink and an ideal way to hydrate your body. It is a diuretic and cleanses your body of toxins with more ease.
How to make the switch?
• Add coconut oil to a balanced diet for long-term weight loss and health benefits.
• Replace your regular cooking oil with virgin coconut oil for all your cooking needs.
• Add chunks of dry coconut in salads.
• Add coconut milk in a fresh fruit salad or a yogurt smoothie.
• Swap artifical, sugary juices for fresh coconut water.