Nutrition and Health Benefits from Coconuts

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Nutrition and Health Benefits from Coconuts
by Dan Gerhardt · All Zones · Food Nutrition · 0 Comments · March 15, 2011 · 3,502 views

Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now known that the fat in coconut oil is very unique and different from most all other fats. Coconut oil has been described as the healthiest oil on earth, due to it's medium chain fatty acid content, which is a special fat moloecule similar to that found in mother's milk. Coconut oil allows for a clean burn, that is, it does not create harmful metabolic byproducts when heated, so coconut oil is the best oil to cook with. Because the medium-chain fatty acids of extra virgin coconut oil and coconut milk are easily and quickly utilized by the body, they are not stored as fat in the body like the long chain triglycerides of animal products. Studies have shown that populations in Polynesia where coconuts are commonly eaten, do not suffer from high serum cholesterol or high rates of heart disease.

Extra virgin coconut oil used in a study conducted in the Yucatan showed that those who used the coconut oil on a daily basis had a higher metabolic rate and even though they regularly consumed considerable quantities of the saturated fat, the participants retained a lean body mass, and the women did not suffer typical menopasual symptoms. Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut as beneficial to maintaining good health and published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, provides a wide range of health benefits.

* Supports immune system function

* Supports heart health

* Provides a nutritious source of quick energy and enhanced endurance

* Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids

* Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose

* Helps protect against osteoporosis

* Improves digestion and bowel function

* Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections

* Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion

* Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun
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