If you haven’t already heard about this superfood, it’s about time you did. Coconut oil is quickly becoming one of the foods that should readily be available in your kitchen. Increasing research shows its many health benefits. Here are a few things to consider:
Coconut oil helps you to produce more energy and therefore increases the amount of fat you burn!
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain saturated fatty acids. This type of fat is readily metabolized in the liver, which provides the body with more energy. One study has shown that 15-30 mg of coconut oil per day increased daily energy expenditure by 5% (about 120 calories per day). (1)
Coconut oil can help you to lose weight, especially around your belly!
Several studies have shown coconut oil’s ability to burn fat in the abdominal area. In fact, one study showed that in a group of 20 obese males, supplementation with coconut oil was able to decrease their abdominal circumference by 2.86 cm in only one month! (2) This may not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that these people did not restrict calories or exercised more. All they did was add coconut oil to their diet.
Coconut oil may decrease your risk of heart disease.
Studies have shown that daily intake of coconut oil can decrease total and LDL cholesterol. (3)
Coconut oil is a great way to combat bacteria, viruses, and fungi.The lauric acid found in coconut oil can combat all of the above things therefore decreasing your chances of getting sick. Lauric acid can also kill yeast like Candida albicans (a common source of yeast infections in humans). (4)
Finally, coconut oil can decrease your hunger.
This means you will eat less without giving too much effort. This is great news for people trying to lose weight!
Given all of the above benefits of coconut oil, it would be very wise to keep it around at all times. You could use it to make an omelette, include it in smoothies, or add it to a salad. Try to include 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut oil per day to enhance your weight loss and to decrease your belly fat!