Why is Coconut Oil Good For you?

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Heyaaaaa,

I have started LCHF way of eating a few days back. Had few issues initially and now trying to settle 🙂 ! One of my struggle is to get used to Coconut oil. I am a North Indian and we never use coconut oil in cooking 🙁

While I am trying to adjust to coconut oil, I remind myself how good it is. So I thought I should remind everyone else also 😛 , especially if you are looking to lose weight !

Why is Coconut Oil Good For you?

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Coconut Oil has unique composition of Fatty Acids

Coconut oil has short-medium chain saturated fatty acids i.e MCFA that makes it a healthy saturated fat. Unlike trans fat which cause bad cholesterol and heart diseases, MFCA fats are great for human body.  Our body metabolizes these fats in the liver and converts them into energy rather than storing as fat.

Aids Digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or bloating, coconut is the solution . Coconut water helps to ease bloating, read it here. Coconut oil can ease bowel movements. Fatty acids in coconut contain anti microbial properties that work on bacteria that interfere with digestion.

Controls Sugar Cravings

Fats are more satiating that carbs. Eating coconut and using coconut oil in your food can help you consume less sugar and carbs. More ways to curb sugar cravings here and food cravings here.

Causes Weight Loss

If you can’t believe it, pinch yourself 😉 . Hold your breathe before you read any further. Coconut Oil is known to reduce abdominal obesity. Coconut Oil is easy to digest and does not cause insulin hike in blood. Just add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to begin and gradually increase it to 4 teaspoons per day. Give this a try and buzz me about your progress, I will be happy to know 🙂

Prevents Type 2 Diabetes

Coconut oil protects against insulin resistance and thus reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. MCFA fats get converted into energy reducing the fat deposition in body and hence improves insulin sensitivity.

Slows Ageing

Coconut is a wonderful moisturizer for skin . It strengthens skin’s connective tissues and which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Its a boon for dry skinned ladies. Use it daily on your face and body and glow 🙂  virgin coconut oil with no additives.

Boosts Metabolism and Immunity

Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, Caprylic acid and Capric acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Thus coconut oil can help heal your body from minor infections and increase your immunity.

According to a research, participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil every day burned more calories than those who consumed less. This is because coconut oil increases metabolism and makes you to burn more !

Great for Cooking at high temperature

Indian way of cooking involves subjecting food to high temperature. Coconut oil has a higher smoking temperature than most of the oils due to which it remains stable no matter how much you heat it. You need not worry that you burnt oil when you forgot the to sim the gas 😉

Have more health benefits of coconut oil to share ? Let us know in comments !

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21 COMMENTS

  1. I also don like d taste but I add half tsp in my coffee…trust me I don get to know ..also if u mix coconut oil with butter then it tastes better. 🙂 awesome article.

    • The ghee and sarson ka tel eating north indians also have bug bellies. It all depends on the diet and exercise. Earlier people were more active. Now they are not. Hence the pot bellies. Please do not generalise.

      • Richa, I welcome everyone on IWB. But your first comment here is oooh not so welcome. This article is not about who has bigger bellies or rivalry between NI and SI. I understand she asked in an unusual tone but the main point of her question was about effectiveness of coconut, not generalization about SI and NI.

        Its so unfortunate that people are North Indians, South Indians, Bengalis, Maharashtrians, Keralite, Haryanwis, Punjabis, Shetty’s , Hindus, Muslims etc etc etc first and Indians later. I hope you got what I am saying. That’s why we as a country are still so backward in 21 st century. Grow up above all this please !

        • Hello Tarun, I apologise if you feel that my comment was racist. I didnt mean to offend anyone. I was just giving an example. I hope there are no hard feelings.

    • Nirupama,
      If your question is about effectiveness of coconut , here are the examples. Tokelauans who live in the South Pacific, over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world. They are in best of their health and have no evidence of heart disease. Kitavans is another such population.

      Now if your question is about why South Indians have bellies, it is because they eat a lot of carbs as well like rice which is their staple food.

      I appreciate that you raised a question, this is a forum for healthy discussion. But don’t you think you could have asked in a lil sophisticated manner?

    • Rupali, I am also in the experiment phase 😉 . Will try a few tricks and will get back with the ones that worked 😀
      I also don’t like the smell 😛

  2. hello everyone, please no racist comments allowed here. At the cost of sounding rude, I will block people who spread negativity here.

  3. coconut coffee… did i hear that?!?!
    I can’t bear coconut smell.. other than avial (once in a while)..! what to do!?!?

  4. Coconut, in all forms, is super healthy.. and yummy in most forms.. Even i dont like coconut oil smell, but may be one will get used to it with time.. Agree with all these benefits.. But this does not mean that we can have french fries deep-fried in coconut oil, daily.. 😛

    We use sesame oil for all cooking from generations.. 🙂 makes curries much more yummier.. 😀

    • ofcourse not, french fries would taste horrible if fried in coconut oil hehehheheehe 😀
      Jokes apart, what you said is right 🙂 . sarso ka tel is delicious while cooking dry veggies. I feel it gives a wierd smell in daals. what do you think ?

  5. nice post.. being a mallu I use coconut oil in traditional cusines like sambar aviyal and all.
    but always used to confuse which oil would be best for cooking. so your post is a rescue post dear.
    hmm regarding pot belly for souuth indian i understand it is due to excessesive carbohydrates intake.most of the people eat rice twice a day and perhaps sambar and ghee sweets.
    but Anamika r u serious u drink coffee mixed with coconut oil?? whats the health benefit yeah?

  6. Now even i am intrigued abt coconut oil wala coffee..even though i love having coconut water, raw coconut i just cant have the oil..:(

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