Coconut oil is a fat-burning fat. If you don’t despise the lingering coconut taste, consider incorporating coconut oil into your diet or replacing another oil source, such as vegetable oil, with it to boost your body’s fat-burning ability. Win-win!
The key here is in coconut oil’s chemical structure. Compared to the long-chain fatty acids in other fat sources, our bodies metabolise the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil differently. This results in the coconut oil fats to be readily used by the liver as energy. Eating coconut oil also tends to be thermogenic, which promotes fat-burning compared to the same amount of calories from other fat sources.
Does this mean you should be guzzling coconut oil to burn fat to the max? Heavens, no. Coconut oil is still really high in calories, and as with any unused energy — be it fatty acids, protein, or glucose — in excess of your daily caloric requirements — simply goes into storage (and over time could cause weight gain). Keep in mind, too, that individual response to medium-chain fatty acids can vary based on current body composition. Rather than adding coconut oil on top of your existing diet, you should swap it with another fat already in your diet, like vegetable oil.
If the fat-burning benefits of coconut oil aren’t enough, there are surprisingly many more unexpected uses for coconut oil. Head over to Greatist to check out the full list.
76 Genius Coconut Oil Uses [Greatist]