Coconut Oil Weight Loss Diet Plan – Have We Been Misinformed?

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We’ve been taught that all fat is bad for our health… but is that true?

New evidence and research is show that certain fats are beneficial such as coconut oil in weight loss diet plans.

The Old View of Coconut Oil

Years ago consumers were urged to switch to Olive Oil, which is very low in saturated fats. While it is true that Coconut Oil is high in saturated fats – it is not true that all saturated fats are the same. Animal fats have saturated long chain fatty acids. Long chain fatty acids are very hard for the body to digest and absorb and most people would agree that too much animal fat is not healthy.

Coconut Oil on the other hand is made up of mostly Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs). MCFAs can be absorbed by our mitochondria and can be converted into energy. In fact, Lauric Acid – a MCFA is a very healthy and really only found in two places – Coconut Oil and Breast Milk!

In the end, there is a big difference when it comes to saturated fats and any health benefits or health risks. MCFAs have strong potential health benefits while Long Chain Fatty Acids, are more harmful fats and should not be consumed in large quantities….More at Coconut Oil Health Benefits | World Health Information

Well, if that is true, then we are left wondering why we were taught that all fats are bad. One theory could be…

Due to corporate greed and misinformation coconut and palm oils were shunned as artery-clogging fats.  Despite testimonials of respected medical professionals and lipid experts, the myth took root and the media spread the word.  These healthy oils were soon replaced with trans fatty acids [that were] labeled as “healthy” vegetable oils.  Obviously time has proven this to be a mistake and now every product must have a label referring to the amount of trans fat….More at Is All Saturated Fat Created Equal? NO | The Right Plan Nutrition

Chances are pretty good that the theory is correct. But, let’s be honest here. We’ve forgotten one simple principle that should have been self-evident to any one of us. Over centuries and millenia, our bodies developed based on what was available in the wild. Whatever your belief system, you would have to agree that our bodies do not adapt rapidly to the industrialized foods with their altered and faux foods as they would have us believe.

Obviously, not all foods are the same regardless of how much they try to convince us. If it were true, one then has to wonder why diseases have increased more dramatically than our age extension. In retrospect, it seems quite simple. In order to maintain optimum health, one should stick as close as possible to naturally available foods (and not GMOs) as possible, including adding back in coconut oil to your weight loss diet plan.

 

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