Its benefits include weight loss, better brain function, skin health and many more. Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fats Coconut oil doesn’t contain your average saturated fats, like the ones you would find in cheese or steak. Coconut contains Medium Chain Triglycerides which are fatty acids of a medium length.
Most of the fatty acids in the diet are long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently. Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats.
Obesity is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase calories burned over 24 hours by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.
One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger. The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term. When fatty acids are metabolised they create ketones, ketones can have an appetite reducing effect. Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight.
The fatty acids in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helping to prevent infections. The majority of fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid. When lauric acid is digested, it forms a substance called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. These substances have been shown to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus (a very dangerous pathogen)and the yeast Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans.