Coconut Oil for Weight Loss - Weight Loss Center in Hillsborough County, FL
For years, coconut oil was viewed as bad for your body due to its high level of saturated fat. Recent research has shown that while 90% saturated, coconut oil is made from medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are used and stored by the body in a different fashion when compared to long-chain fatty acids found in meat and dairy products.
While long-chain fatty acids are known to clog arteries and contribute to heart disease, medium-chain fatty acids are more easily processed by the liver, making it less likely the body will store them as fat.
This is why coconut oil has become a viable option for weight loss.
Learn more about using coconut oil for weight loss. Call (813) 536-3212 or contact Dr. Christopher Van Benschoten online.
Virgin Coconut Oil for Weight Loss
For maximum flavor and health benefit, virgin coconut oils are recommended. Virgin oils are carefully removed from the coconut flesh using cold pressing or other techniques. Virgin coconut oils contain the most antioxidants and will have a stronger flavor than other types of the oil.
If you are looking for a lighter flavor and taste, consider expeller pressed coconut oils. Sometimes called refined coconut oil, they have a more neutral flavor and scent and can be cooked at higher temperatures.
Both types of coconut oil can sit open, in your pantry for up to two years without spoilage—this makes them a better option than some delicate oils like flax seed or extra virgin olive oil.
Coconut Oil Weight Loss Recipes
If you're ready to add coconut oil to your diet, it can be really easy. Here are a few ways you can enjoy it:
- Homemade granola—Melt coconut oil and toss it with your favorite blend of oats, nuts, fruits and spices. Bake and enjoy all week.
- Muffins, cookies, brownies, cupcakes and more—Coconut oil is a perfect substitute for other solid fats used in baking including vegetable shortening or butter. The result is a light baked good with a rich flavor. Remember to melt your coconut oil before using.
- Roasted vegetables—toss your veggies in a blend of melted coconut oil, salt, pepper and spices like rosemary or thyme before baking.
- Popcorn—pour a little melted coconut oil over hot popcorn and sprinkle with salt.
To find out how to use coconut oil for weight loss: call (813) 536-3212 or contact Dr. Christopher Van Benschoten online.
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