Many different options are available for the type of oil or fat you should cook with. From lard to olive oil and one of the most talked about, coconut oil.
Common sense tells us to use any oils in small amounts, but is coconut oil the answer? For years many fitness and health experts have claimed the many benefits of using coconut oil for everything from cooking to face cream. The positive spin put on coconut oil is because of its equal fat content and Medium-Chain-Triglycerides (MCT’s). Coconut oil is just the oil taken from the meat of the coconut. This type of oil is used mostly for high heat cooking, but can be used in any drink or just a plain spoonful. Coconut oil has been proven to be full of MCT’s which is a type of fatty acid that the body absorbs very quickly resulting in a great energy boost of fuel for exercise or fitness. Many studies have also shown that coconut oil boosts hunger-regulating hormones in the body resulting in a “full”feeling. This in turn would help people feel less hungry and consume fewer calories from snacking throughout the day.
The recent studies focusing on the health effects from coconut oil differ slightly. Since coconut oil contains a lot of saturated fats, which has shown to raise LDL”bad” cholesterol, using the oil in moderation is suggested. Each tablespoon of coconut oil contains 117 calories. This is the main reason to keep consumption at 1 tablespoon per day for health benefits.
Using this oil is a great alternative to other oils, but it is far from the “cure all” it has been pumped up to be. Adding coconut oil to a sensible diet and exercise plan can help keep you from over-snacking and possibly give you that little energy boost you need.