The words “Saturated Fats” may scare many people due to its “bad reputation” but did you know that not all saturated fats are actually bad for you?
In fact, some saturated fats, such as the ones found in coconut oil, are good for your health! It may be surprising to you that the naturally occurring saturated fat in coconut oil actually has health benefits but studies have shown that it can help promoting heart health and weight loss, supporting the immune system, boosting up metabolism, and maintaining proper function of the thyroid gland.
About 50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid that the body converts into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-protozoa properties.
On the other hand, it is important to remember that unsaturated fats are the ones known to cause heart disease, not the naturally occurring coconut oil saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats in vegetable and seed oils encourage the formation of blood clots by increasing platelet stickiness, unlike that, coconut oil helps to promote normal platelet function.
For cooking purposes, coconut oil is a much healthier choice and should be used instead of butter, olive oil, vegetable oil, margarine, or any other oil. Pure virgin coconut oil contains 92% saturated fats, and only 1% Omega-6, the fat Americans get way too much of, and best of all, does not contain any cholesterol.
Additionally, anything with the words “trans fats” should be the ones to be avoided at all times as these unsaturated fats are artificially manipulated into saturated fats and have been associated with a variety of health dangers.
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