Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets Part I

Coconut Oil: One of the Best Kept Secrets Part I

Would you like to hear something amazing about coconut oil? It can actually help you lose weight! I can almost hear you thinking, “A fat can help me lose weight? You must be kidding!” No, coconut oil actually can help take off those unwanted pounds! And there is more good news!

Let’s consider this quote from Dr Bruce Fife’s book Saturated Fat May Save Your Life. “There is a new health food sweeping the nation. This remarkable product can protect you from the effects of many degenerative diseases, aid you in losing unwanted weight, give your skin a more youthful appearance, and help you feel years younger.”

He goes on to say, “This new health food is coconut oil. Yes, ordinary coconut oil, which by the way, is predominantly a saturated fat.”

What is it that makes coconut oil different from other fats? The answer lies in considering how different types of fats are metabolized in the body. Coconut and palm kernel oils are considered medium-chain fatty acids. They are easier to digest than other fats. Quoting again from Dr Fife’s book, “Unlike other fatty acids, medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) are absorbed directly into the portal vein and sent straight to the liver where they are, for the most part, burned as fuel much like a carbohydrate.” He goes on to say, “MCFA’s are unique in that they can easily permeate both membranes of the mitochondria without the need of enzymes and thus provide the cell with a quick and efficient source of energy.”
Normally, when we eat fat, it is broken down into fatty acids, sent into our blood and then taken into our fat cells. Both fat and carbohydrate can be converted to energy. Therefore, if we are eating enough carbohydrate to satisfy our energy levels, over consumption of fat will lead to weight gain. Even though coconut oil has fewer calories than other fats, calories in excess of what the body needs will lead to weight gain.

Researchers have demonstrated the link between coconut oil and weight loss. This may be due in part to the fact that MCFA’S actually increase metabolic rate. The reason for this is due to the fact that they are easily absorbed and rapidly burned and used as energy for metabolism. Quoting again from Dr Fife’s book, “Long chain fatty acids are like heavy wet logs that you put on a small camp fire. Keep adding the logs, and soon you have more logs than fire. MCFA’S are like rolled-up newspaper soaked in gasoline. They not only burn brightly, but will burn up the wet logs as well.”

Quoting again from Dr Fife, “Polyunsaturated vegetable oils depress thyroid activity, thus lowering metabolic rate—just the opposite of coconut oil. Eating vegetable oils will contribute more to weight gain than any other fat. According to Ray Peat, PhD, an endocrinologist, unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulation, and the response of the tissues to the hormone. When thyroid hormones are deficient, metabolism becomes depressed.” Another strong reason to replace polyunsaturated vegetable oils (such as canola, safflower, soy and corn) with unrefined organic coconut oil.

In conclusion, remember that moderation is important when dieting and there must be fat in the diet. The best oils to use are unrefined organic coconut oil for cooking and baking and organic extra virgin olive oil for salad dressings. Foods with good fat include coconut, olives, avocados, raw organic nuts and seeds, organic or free range eggs, chicken, beef, fish and lamb.

Saturated Fat May Save Your Life, Bruce Fife, N.D., pp 107-111