The World's Skinniest Fat
Coconuts get a lot of bad press. There is a widely held
misconception that their saturated fat content raises
cholesterol and piles on the kilos. Nothing could be
further from the truth.
Modern research has found that coconuts act in quite the
reverse. Saturated fats are now recognised as essential
to health, with no automatic negative impact on bad
cholesterol or retention of fat. (The villains of the
fat story are actually Trans Fatty Acids, of
which naturally harvested coconut oil contains none.)
fats come from animal sources, as well as coconut and
palm oils. Unsaturated fats come from other plant oils.
So what makes the saturated fat from coconuts so
oil has greater solubility in biological fluids than
other fats, digestion of coconut oil places less of a
burden on the liver, pancreas and digestive system as a
whole. In fact coconut fats are known to have a soothing
effect on the intestinal system. Great for sufferers of
IBS or Crohn’s disease.
Unlike their Long-Chain Fatty Acid cousins, the MCFAs in
coconut oil have demonstrated a healthy action on
thyroid function. Take that, soya bean!
And what of the calorie content of coconut oil? Coconut
fats offer one of the lowest calorie counts of all fats,
virtually no cholesterol, and better yet, no trans-fats
common in commercially produced vegetable oils.
Coconut oil can help reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL),
assist with weight loss, help increase energy levels,
boost the body’s healing mechanisms, and provide a great
tasting alternative to highly processed hydrogenated
Not just the world’s skinniest fat. Also the world’s