The composition of the oil. About 50% of saturated fats in coconut oil comprises lauric acid, which has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties also present in breast milk. It also contains high levels of capric and caprylic acids, offering multiple health benefits due to their antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant and other nourishing properties.

Coconut oil does not increase cholesterol levels.

Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, regular consumption of coconut oil lowers total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoproteins) or bad cholesterolwhile boosting HDL (high-density lipoproteins) or good cholesterol. Such facts clarify why people from the South Pacific islands- who derive more than 60% of calories from coconuts- do not suffer from high incidence of heart disease.

Other Benefits and Uses

To elaborate, coconut oil doesn’t raise cholesterol levels as it consists mainly of medium-chain fatty acids. A unique fat molecule, this burns almost immediately by going directly from the digestive tract to the liver, producing energy faster,instead of converting into cholesterol or body fat. Consequently, coconut oil does not increase blood cholesterol levels. The coconut’s sugar content offers instant energy, prevents hunger pangs and minimises food craving while controlling blood sugar levels. These factors ensure lower belly fat and reduced waist circumference.

Its additional benefits include higher immunity levels, better digestion and metabolism as well as healthier hair and skin. Daily consumption of coconut oil has other benefits too such as lowering stress, preventing liver ailments and managing asthma symptoms while alleviating kidney, blood pressure, cancer,brain disorders and other diseases.

  By: Aastha Sharma  

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