Coconut Oil Every Day

Coconut oil is one of those foods that is getting a lot of attention and a lot of debate. While some health experts refer to it as a superfood with a unique combination of wellness-promoting fatty acids, others have even referred to coconut oil as a "poison". How do you know who to believe?

Well, like so many heated debates, the reality is somewhere in between. It is true that populations who eat a lot tend to have less heart disease than those who do not. However, it is also true that coconut oil contains around 80% saturated fat, even more than red meat, which is 50% saturated fat. Too much saturated fat in your diet leads to cardiovascular problems, including heart disease.

It is really the medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil that offer the health benefits. Once you understand how these behave in the body, you can decide whether daily coconut oil therapy is right for you. We're going to look at the good and not-so-good things that can happen to your body if you eat coconut oil every day.

1. Increased fat burning

The medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil are credited with increasing the number of calories you can burn. One study found that a daily intake of 15-30 grams of MCT increased energy expenditure (calories burned) by 5%.

Any additional burn can help when trying to lose weight. And that is the key to getting the most out of a high MCT diet - this should be done in conjunction with low carbohydrates and, even better, an exercise program.