It’s true; coconut oil is good for you. Numerous studies have shown that coconut oil actually benefits our bodies, and more than just being good for the skin and hair. A diet including coconut oil, specifically virgin coconut oil, can help lower the risk of disease, improve cardiovascular health and more.

The fat elephant

Immediately upon hearing that coconut oil is good for you, and especially that it’s good for your cardiovascular system, most people think, “But what about all that saturated fat?” Coconut oil has more saturated fat in it than almost any other type of cooking oil or ingredient. That’s a fact. What’s important to understand is that it’s also a fact that saturated fat has got a serious reputation problem.

Saturated fat, in study after study, has been shown as not a significant cause of heart disease.

Since coconut oil is a staple in the food of India (as well as many other Asian countries), and India has a high rate of cardiovascular disease, some people thought that coconut oil was to blame.

However, a study published in the journal Tropical Doctor, found no link between virgin coconut oil and heart disease. In fact, it found coconut oil helped prevent heart disease.

A different study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, also found that coconut oil helped prevent heart disease.

The importance of virgin coconut oil

One more thing about the fat in coconut oil: the refined, partially-hydrogenated version so common in snacks from the 80s actually included trans fat and other components harmful to your cardiovascular system. Many studies from this time period, when virgin coconut oil was not widely available, used the hydrogenated, refined coconut oil as the basis of their results.

Virgin coconut oil is what you want to be looking for when shopping. Compared to refined coconut oil, the virgin variety has more antioxidants and has been shown to help lower levels of the harmful LDL cholesterol in the blood while raising the levels of good cholesterol, improve liver health, and more.

Why you should use coconut oil

Coconut oil is a great substitute for the many vegetable oils available. Whereas corn oil and others can create the toxic chemical HNE when used, coconut oil does not do this.

Also, coconut oil contains a lot of medium-chain triglycerides, which help your body burn energy more efficiently and our an important part of the Olumia Life nutrition plan. This can mean that you actually burn more efficient calories even when you’re just sitting. A study in the journal Lipid found that coconut oil is linked to a reduction in abdominal obesity, i.e., it helps you lose your gut and love handles.

Part of maintaining a healthy diet for the long haul is keeping plenty of variety in the food you eat. This allows you to stay engaged in your diet while keeping you from getting bored at mealtime.

When you can have a diet and still enjoy eating, success is a matter of time. Coconut oil, as a major component in numerous dishes, opens up a wide world of food, including many Indian, Thai and other Asian foods. There are also many ways to use it as part of healthy American dishes as well. Maybe it’s time you had another look at coconut oil.

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