In a recent study, researchers have found out that weight loss due to a regular consumption of coconut oil is related to the length of the fatty acid chains found in coconut oil. Coconut oil contains what are called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short), or medium chain fatty acids.
These medium chain fatty acids are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant based oils. Most vegetable oils are composed of triglycerides (LCTs), or longer chain fatty acids. While MCTs are burned for energy, LCTs are typically stored in the body as fat. MCTs burn up quickly in the body.
Coconut oil is natures richest source of MCTs that lead to weight loss and increase metabolic rates. MCTs promotes thermogenesis. Thermogenesis produces energy by increasing the bodys metabolism. Researchers in Japan have found that every time you consume a food rich in MCTs such as coconut oil, the MCTs are absorbed and via the portal vein transported directly into the liver.
First, the body is much less inclined to store fat, when MCTs are substituted for LCTs in the diet. Second, when we eat sensibly, a diet containing MCTs is more effective than a low fat diet at decreasing stored fat.
Researchers compared the metabolic effects of 400 calorie meals of MCTs and LCTs, in a human study, by measuring metabolic rates before and six hours after the test meals. The results showed that the LCT containing meal caused an average 4 percent increase in basal metabolic rate, as compared with a 12 percent increase with the MCT containing meals. The authors concluded that replacing dietary fats with MCTs could over long periods of time produce weight loss even in the absence of reduced calorie intake.
Natures richest source of MCTs is coconut oil. Not only do MCTs raise the bodys metabolism leading to weight loss, but they have special health giving properties as well. For example, the most predominant MCT in coconut oil is lauric acid. Dr. Jon Kabara, a lipid researcher states that In the history of man it has never been so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils. The medium chain fats in coconut oil have similar nutriceutical effects and are similar to fats in mothers milk. The Ayurvedic medicine recognized these health effects centuries ago. Modern research has now found a common link between these two natural health products their lipid content or fat. Outside of a human mothers breast milk, coconut oil is natures most abundant source of medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid.
We respectfully disagree with all those who continue to insist that there is no evidence that coconut oil leads to weight loss!
Source : organichealth.co