Many of us have been taught to avoid saturated fats in our diet as much as possible. Implicated in the clogging up of arteries, the development of bad cholesterol and the general promotion of disease. That all sounds rather bad news but are we missing a trick here? The debate is lengthy and complicated but the bottom line is – YES we are. As the latest research starts to unravel the cause and effect relationship between saturated fat and disease emerging research suggests that some saturated fats are actually beneficial. One saturated fat that may actually contribute to a healthy diet is coconut oil.
Coconut oil contains in high percentage of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), which means they have the advantage of being very easy to digest. This reduces the likelihood of them getting stored as fat. Coconut oil also contains a high concentration of Lauric acid that has antibacterial properties that may help to support the immune system during heavy periods of physical and psychological stress.
Ways to use coconut oil:
At this stage, research into the health claims of coconut oil is positive but limited. Whilst it won’t cause any harm, coconut oil should be used as a replacement for less healthy saturated and trans fats in the diet but not in addition to these.