DISCOVER THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING COCONUT OIL.
The Pacific Island have all shown in multiple studies that they have nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease. Even though these populations, get 30-60% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated oil, from coconut precisely.
How do we explain that, considering that for decades we have been told by the majority of health care officials and the media that saturated fats are bad for your health and will cause a host of health problems, like high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, etc?
And the result of our eating how they have recommended to us for years is the present day high levels of just those problems that we were supposed to avoid with a fat-free diet: heart disease, high cholesterol levels, obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
So what’s the truth about saturated fats?
Well, you have to bear in mind that all saturated fats are not created equal. We have to distinguish between
– naturally occurring saturated fats occur naturally, and
artificially created saturated fats that are the result of a man-made process that’s called hydrogenation.
This process, hydrogenation, is obtained by the manipulation of vegetable and seed oils by adding hydrogen atoms while heating the oil. This process generates a producing a rancid, thickened oil that has been transformed into a saturated fat that does not have any health benefit indeed it is really only good to the extension of the shelf life of this product.
Luckily it sounds as if the medical and scientific communities are now fairly united in agreeing that hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils must be avoided and that they cause health dangers.
Trans Fats is the name of these unsaturated fats that have been artificially manipulated into becoming saturated fats, and now their use has been outlawed in some cities and countries.
So for the last half century decades, we have been eating these saturated fats, these trans fats, because we were being told that they were healthy and heart-friendly.
Unfortunately, while the position of the medical community is now almost entirely and clearly against the consumption of hydrogenated saturated recognising its health risks, their position about saturated fats is still mixed, their pro and against attitude ( Andrew Freeman, director of the American College of Cardiology’s nutrition ) the use of natural saturated fats has created some confusion and many people still cannot separate trans fats from naturally occurring saturated fats, including coconut oil.
A 1930 field research of Dr. Weston Price among the South Pacific populations whose diet consisted of a high concentration of fats from the large quantities of coconut, found that the large consumption of high saturated fat intake didn’t have any harmful effect on them, they were healthy and trim.
And a more recent 1981 study on the populations of two Polynesian atolls where the Pukapuka and Tokelau people live, where coconut was the primary source of caloric energy, and their diet tends to be high in saturated fat and low in cholesterol and sugar found, similarly to the first mentioned study, that there was no occurrence of negative vascular and heart health. Vascular disease is uncommon and there is no evidence of the high saturated-fat intake having a harmful effect.”2The study was published in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition.
Among all of the people involved in those studies, there were no reports of death from stroke, sudden death, chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease (CHD).
And, based on so many similar studies we can only conclude that the abundant use of coconut oil, wherever it takes place, contributes positively to the health and well-being of those eating it.
Dr. Bruce Fife, director of the Coconut Research Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is the author of “The Coconut Oil Miracle”.
He mentions in his book that these heart-disease-free populations add coconut oil to every drink and food they intake and for the cooking of their vegetables thus ingesting very large quantities of saturated fat.
Coconut oil is particularly good for cooking and baking because it won’t oxidize when heated. And it will not go rancid because It is also shelf-stable.
NOT ALL FATS ARE CREATED EQUAL
But saturated fat from coconut oil is different from other saturated fats. The saturated fat in coconut oil is different from the types of saturated fat of other vegetable oils, meat, and cheese.
The saturated fats from other vegetables, meat and cheese are long-chain fats, they are digested slowly, and they need to mix with the bile from the gallbladder and with enzymes from the pancreas in order to be broken down in the digestive system and be digested properly and absorbed through your intestinal wall.
But the saturated fats of coconut oil, precisely two third of them, are medium-chain fats. They are also called Medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. And, differently for the other fats, they don’t require bile or pancreatic enzymes to be digested, they diffuse into the bloodstream through the intestinal membrane and by the bloodstream they are transported directly to your liver which converts them in ketones and releases them back to your bloodstream.
Ketones are basically byproducts of the body that break down fat for energy. This is evidently beneficial for people who need to lose weight but need a source of energy other than carbohydrate. And this partially explains why the populations which consume a high quantity of coconut oil do not get fat.
The MCTs from coconut oil is not stored in your body as fat and are a readily available source of energy for the body. MCTs are also beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients because they can even pass the blood-brain barrier and supply energy to the brain.
So consumption of coconut oil is not fattening, on the contrary its supplementation leads to a reduction of the waistline as it was proved by a 12 week study on 40 women who also benefited from increased HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or “good” cholesterol, and lowered their ration of LDL (low-density lipoprotein), or “bad” cholesterol to HDL.
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, in his book “The Coconut Oil Miracle” mentioned above, states that “Adding fat into your diet can be the key to your weight loss success. Low-fat dieting actually causes weight gain, and is one of the reasons for our current obesity epidemic.”
MANY BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
The benefits of coconut oil consumption are numerous. I will mention the most important benefits, without getting into the details.
Antibacterial, Antimicrobial and Antiviral Properties
Coconut oil doesn’t contain trans-fat acids but only fatty acids and 60% of these is constituted by the lauric acid that does wonderful things. When lauric acid is digested, it transforms into monolaurin, a monoglyceride. Lauric acid and Monolaurin together can help rid your gut of bacteria, viruses, fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm, and parasites among which Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and Candida albicans, a common source of yeast infections.
Gum Disease and Tooth Decay Prevention
Thanks to its high concentration of antibacterial MCTs, Oil Pulling with coconut oil is the best way to cleanse and flush harmful bacteria from your mouth naturally. It is also very beneficial for cases of periodontal disease. Additionally, it will naturally whiten your teeth. Do Oil pulling every day.
Improves Brain Function
Because, as mentioned above, the MCTs in coconut oil creates ketones that supply energy directly to the brain, there are some benefits to MCT supplementation with respect to cognitive impairment: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s
In human trials, MCT supplementation in about 50% of individuals with cognitive impairment and mild forms of Alzheimer’s has shown to improve their condition after just a single dose.
As you know the brain also needs energy and for Alzheimer’s (type 3 diabetes) patients the neurons have become insulin resistant or have lost the ability to utilize glucose the which cause their slow death.
the definition type 3 diabetes come after that at Brown University in 2005 they reported that when they looked at all the brains of people who had died with Alzheimer’s they found that they did not have type 1 or type 2 diabetes but found just insulin resistance and insulin deficiency then they coined the term type 3 diabetes to indicate Alzheimer’s.
The introduction of ketones may rescue these neurons, enabling them to potentially survive and thrive.
Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure Prevention
Heart attacks, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S.
We have said, so far that saturated fats like coconut oil are not to blame for the spike in coronary heart disease. On the contrary, coconut oil:
Fosters heart health and lowers your risk of heart disease due to the increase in HDL
Increases your HDL cholesterol
Helps convert your LDL cholesterol into good cholesterol
I’d like to close this post by saying what is being recognized the truth about consumption of saturated fats according to the new evidence available today:
Consumption of saturated fats is a necessary part of a heart-healthy diet.
Your Body NEEDS Saturated Fat for Optimal Function
And the cardiovascular health status of indigenous tribes whose diet consists primarily (over 60%) of high saturated fats but show ow mortality from heart disease around the world is living proof of that:
- The Maasai tribe in Kenya/Tanzania: Primary diet Meat, milk, cattle blood.
- The Inuit Eskimos in the Arctic: Primary diet Whale meat and blubber
- The Tokelau of the atoll islands in New Zealand territory: Primary diet Fish and coconuts
- The Rendille tribe in NE Kenya: Primary diet Camel milk, meat, blood
Our High Sugar and Refined Carbohydrates Intake Diets (the western diet), Not Fat, is the Root of Obesity and Heart Disease Today.
Eating fat and protein does not make you fat.
These are the different types of good fats available:
- Grass-fed meats
- Organic pastured egg
- Olives and olive oil oil
- Coconuts and Coconut oil
- Raw nuts
- Palm oil
- Unheated organic nut oils
- Butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk
- Animal-based Omega-3 from fish, fish oil, cod liver oil or, best choice,
- Krill oil
As you can see the list include saturated fats, from animal fat and tropical oil, monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil, polyunsaturated fat, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fats.
Only Trans-fats, such as margarine, are bad for you. because, as we said above Trans fats are formed when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil during food processing. a process, known as hydrogenation.
Unfortunately, it is this completely unnatural fat that causes dysfunction and chaos in your body on a cellular level.
Remember also that your body must have the proper ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats is 2 to 1 max. approx.
Omega-6 are especially present in processed foods of all kinds.
These are the Omega-6 oils:
- Corn oil
- Soy oil
- Canola oil
- Safflower oil
- Sunflower oil
DESCRIPTION OF THE BEST UNREFINED, CERTIFIED, ORGANIC, COCONUT OIL
Method of Extraction: Hand-milled from wet-milled fresh coconut milk with old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade virgin coconut oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant propertiesQuality of coconuts: Certified USDA organic
Growing area: Rural areas, generally far away from metropolitan areas
Origin: Mt. Banahaw, Philippines. Origin of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world produces an oil with one of the higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils.
Production: In small batches
Best Production system:
The fresh coconut meat is shredded and then the water from inside the coconuts is added to make coconut milk (wet-milled). The coconut milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then heated at a low temperature for a short time and filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemicals or high-heat (e.g. steam deodorization) treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids.
COCONUT OIL BODY USES
Coconut oil is a go-to for skincare products, and to apply to your skin on its own. That is why you find it in many Pronounce Skincare products here in the shop.
You can also practice oil pulling with your new coconut oil. Used often and regularly in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a wonderful and effective oral detoxification procedure that is super easy to do. Simply swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes, then spit.
COCONUT OIL AS FOOD
The nutritional profile of our coconut oil is amazing for your insides, too! Below is a great recipe from our blog, Scratch Mommy.
A HEALTHY CHOCOLATE AVOCADO MOUSSE RECIPE
2 very ripe avocados
1/4 C coconut oil
1/4 C coconut nectar (or whatever liquid sweetener you prefer…maple syrup is also great in this recipe)
1/4 C carob powder
1/4 t sea salt
1/8 t cinnamon
1/4 C pistachios
Shell your pistachios and place them into your food processor and give them a whirl to break them down into much smaller pieces.
Add all of the other ingredients.
Process on low for a couple of minutes, turn off, scrape the sides, then process on high for a couple more minutes.
When it all comes together, nice and whipped up to the consistency you like, scrape it into some small ramekins (I end up with 4 small ramekins).
Place them in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes (longer will make them more solidified, which is also just fine).
Eat. Smile. Eat more. Feel good about the incredibly healthy chocolate mousse you just ate.
Until next time.