Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Life Giving Food

I have been a fan of and coconut oil so here is the best information on this great fat. From a highly respected doctor.

All fats are not equal.

And just so we're clear, the terms "fats" and "oils" are often used interchangeably, but fat is more correctly considered solid at room temperature, while oils are liquid. But what's really important is the structure.

The unique health benefits of coconut oil are directly related to its chemical structure, or more precisely, the length of its fatty acid chains.

Coconut oil is comprised of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs.

Coconut oil is nature's richest source of these healthy MCFAs.

By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.

There are several reasons to explain why these long-chain fatty acids are not as healthy for you as the MCFAs in coconut oil:

  • LCFAs are difficult for the body to break down — they must be packaged with lipoproteins or carrier proteins and require special enzymes for digestion.
  • LCFAs put more strain on the pancreas, the liver and the entire digestive system.
  • LCFAs are predominantly stored in the body as fat. (That's why most people buy into the myth that fats are automatically "fattening".)
  • LCFAs can be deposited within arteries in lipid forms such as cholesterol.

On the other hand, however, the MCFAs in coconut oil are more health-promoting, because:

  • MCFAs are smaller. They permeate cell membranes easily, and do not require lipoproteins or special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body.
  • MCFAs are easily digested, thus putting less strain on your digestive system. This is especially important for those of you with digestive or metabolic concerns.
  • MCFAs are sent directly to your liver, where they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.
  • MCFAs in coconut oil can actually help stimulate your body's metabolism, leading to weight loss.
Now you can see why I recommend this product so much. But you must remember that the highest quality will benefit you more because it is not stripped down. Organic, extra virgin, unrefined coconut oil and make sure it hasn't been heated.


Anonymous said...

How do you know which Coconut oil is genuine and really 'Extra Virgin' There are many brands that speak about their virginity! I am all for this great oil but cant find the right one. Do you have any researched material / any info regarding the brands?

Terry Barga said...

I sure can give you some great brands.
First is garden of life brand. They are at the top of the list for the purest oil out there. Next you can go to as he has a great brand of coconut oil that is also very pure.
Next is Spectra they are a little cheaper and a little less pure but still a good buy.

Remember extra virgin organic coconut oil!

Anonymous said...

Thankyou I have been reading about Garden of Life. Maybe I will give it a try . Thankyou so much