Finally there is healthy cooking oil. “Coconut oil is the healthiest oil on earth,” says Dr. Bruce Fife, a naturopathic doctor and the author of the book The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil. Sally Fallon, author of “Eat Fat Lose Fat” says coconut oil will help you burn fat and increase your lean body composition. Modern research seems to back up this bold statement.
Once wrongly accused of increasing cholesterol levels, coconut oil is now actually being used by doctors in the treatment of a variety of disorders. Coconut oil has been demonized because of its high concentration of saturated fats. Although coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent saturated fats, most of the saturated fat content of coconut oil is in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCT).
Unlike other saturated fats, MCT’s are much more readily absorbed by the body and are an instant source of energy. MCT’s can actually boost metabolism and help you burn body fat for energy. Coconut oil is extremely stable. Unsaturated fats in vegetable oils become rancid after just a few hours. Eating rancid fats and oils is extremely harmful to your body. When an oil becomes rancid, it undergoes a structural change, which makes it more difficult for your body to assimilate it.
On the other hand, the saturated fats in coconut oil will remain stable and unchanged in structure even after one year at room temperature. Dr Mary Enig, one of the most honored lipid scientists in the world has this to say about coconut oil: “Coconut oil has a unique role in the diet as an important physiologically functional food. The health and nutritional benefits that can be derived from consuming coconut oil have been recognized in many parts of the world for centuries.
Although the advantage of regular consumption of coconut oil has been under-appreciated by the consumer and producer alike for the recent two or three decades, its unique benefits should be compelling for the health minded consumer of today. A review of the diet/heart disease literature relevant to coconut oil clearly indicates that coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to arterial plaque increase and, in fact, is likely to be beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease. Additionally, coconut oil provides a source of anti-microbial lipid for individuals with compromised immune systems and is a non-promoting fat with respect to chemical carcinogenesis.” – 16oz.