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I've Been Stepping Up My Coconut Oil Game

I’ve been stepping up my coconut oil game - and in my quest for more knowledge about this wonderful substance -- that I use for seemingly everything -- I’ve been doing quite a bit of research.

In fact, I’ve stumbled across some VERY interesting studies on the relationship between coconut oil (or any type of coconut fat, including coconut milk and cream) and body fat, specifically.

The findings may surprise you...

A 2009 study published in the Journal Lipids tested the effects of either 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean oil on a group of 40 women over the span of 28 days.*

Results showed that the group that ate the coconut oil had a decrease in abdominal fat, while the soybean oil group actually showed a slight increase in belly fat.

Additionally, the group that ate the coconut oil showed increased HDL‘good’ cholesterol levels, while the soybean oil group had decreased HDL cholesterol and increased LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol.

The Journal of Nutrition published a study where researchers investigated all studies relative to medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) -- which are abundant in coconut fat.

The studies showed that diets rich in fats such as those found in coconut oil prompted a boost in metabolism, increase in energy, decrease in food consumption, reduced body weight and lower body fat mass.

The study authors highly recommend using oils that contain MCFAs, such as coconut oil, as a tool to drop extra abdominal fat, manage a healthy weight, and even as a way to treat obesity.

Yet ANOTHER study reviewed body weight and fat storage relative to three different types of diets -- including a low-fat diet, a high-fat diet with long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), and a high fat diet with MCFAs.

In order to bring about weight gain, caloric intakes were adjusted for each diet.

At the end of the research period (which lasted 44 days), the low-fat diet group stored an average of 0.47 grams of fat per day, the LCFA group stored 0.48 grams of fat per day, and the MCFA group only stored a mere 0.19 grams per day (despite purposely increasing calories).

Those in the MCFA group (eating coconut fat) had a 60 percent reduction in body fat stored compared to the other diets.

Another added bonus of consuming organic coconut oil (and coconut cream or milk) is that it tends to make us feel fuller for longer.

I can personally attest to this.

Studies indicate that MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats.

When MCFAs are metabolized, ketone bodies are created in the liver.

Ketones have been shown to have a strong appetite reducing effect --which helps you lose fat faster.

Pretty cool huh?
To make this even more cool I have a special deal for you through Thrive Market, my favorite place to buy all my healthy, organic foods - A free jar of Coconut Butter with any order of $59 or more. What is this Coconut butter? Organic raw coconut is the only ingredient listed in Artisana Organic Raw Vegan Coconut Butter. This butter is made fresh from whole coconut meat, not just the oil, so this dense and nutritious spread can be used in place of butter, added to favorite recipes, or even enjoyed alone! And it’s full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
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Wishing you health and happiness 
xo Claire

*Source: Paleo Hacks

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