One Benefit Of Coconut Oil Is To Help Keep Sugar Cravings Away?By
Last week I ran into 2 new friends (both thin) at a local furniture store. And in the course of the conversation, health and weight came up ( normal for me, right?) and both women said that they only use coconut oil. They also said they have no problem with sugar cravings, and in fact, hardly ever desire sugary foods. THAT perked my ears up!
It never occurred to me that there would be a benefit of coconut oil for health or sugar cravings. Because previously I was under the impression that coconut oil was not good for you, that it would clog your arteries and lead to heart attacks. Both of those ladies were adamant that was not so. They said that was “old information” and that new research shows it as being a good fat.
So started me searching the internet for some information on the benefit of coconut oil and found this really good article from Nelson Dias Dos Santos and am sharing it with you here:
Coconut Oil and Fats: Two Food Myths Uncovered
Myth 1 — Coconut Oil Is Bad for You
As part of the anti-saturated fat movement, coconut oil fell victim to the 1980′s campaign ads insisting that the saturated fat in oils posed a cardiovascular risk. Coconut oil was deemed unhealthy ever since. At that time, coconut oil was hydrogenated (a chemical process that raises your LDL or bad cholesterol.) But now, coconut oil is being revered as one of the healthiest oils out there. Choosing unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil can boost your health significantly in many ways.
Renowned doctor and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola says that, Nearly 2/3 of the saturated fat found in coconut oil consists of medium-chain fatty acids, which have antimicrobic qualities, are effortlessly digested for rapid energy, and are useful to a person’s immune system.”
And don’t let the amount of fat in these oils fool you; the fat in coconut oil not only speeds up your metabolism, but is less likely to be stored as fat in the body. It also keeps the body feeling full.
According to a study by “The Journal of Nutrition,” when replacing long-chain triglyceride oils (olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.) with those of medium-chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil, the participants felt fuller longer. As a result, their calorie intake reduced by approximately 256 units.
That’s right – not all fat is bad for your health; which brings us to the next myth…
Myth 2 — Fat Makes You Fat
This is a tricky one. The best question to ask yourself is, “Where am I getting the fat from in my diet?” If you chow down on deep fried foods, processed baked goods, chips and crackers, or at fast food joints, chances are you’re eating trans fats.
Trans fats raise your LDL cholesterol (the “bad” one) and lower your HDL cholesterol (the “good” one), and pose serious risks to your heart health. And yes, these fats will make you fat. Trans (unsaturated) fats are often hard to avoid because food companies will fool you with marketing phrases such as “fat-free” and “all natural” on the front of their products. But be sure to read the labels carefully! If it contains “partially hydrogenated oil” then it contains trans fat. Margarine, processed soups, and many frozen and packaged foods are culprits of chemically produced, unhealthy saturated fats.
But the myth that all fat makes you fat is over-dramatic and inaccurate. It’s important to remember that there are also foods with naturally occurring saturated fats that are healthy for you. Choosing foods with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat will bring down your LDL cholesterol while raising your HDL cholesterol. They also lower your risk of heart disease and promote weight loss. Most of these foods also contain nutrients like vitamin E, fiber, and iron that support a healthy body.
Examples of foods with healthy fats: avocados, olives, nuts and seeds, flaxseed, some fish, soy products (be sure to make sure you choose GMO-free or organic to avoid contamination), and even small doses of grass-fed, organic meat and dairy. And for dessert, treat yourself to a piece of organic, creamy dark chocolate!
Now that you have some more information, you can decide for yourself if coconut oil is something you may want to try with recipes. I bought some and find that I like the flavor and that in using more fats in my recipes, I am able to curb those sugar cravings better. You test it out for yourself,and see if it helps you.
If you don’t want to cook or bake with the coconut oil, you can also get coconut oil in gel caps. Isn’t it that cool? We have so many options open to us, and even have it delivered to our door steps. Makes me want to take care of myself and live longer. Who knows what will be next.