5 Benefits of Coconut Oil

If you know anything about diets these days, you know that there remains a never-ending controversy about the benefits of fat in your diet. Many diets today still hold to the well-established fact that you just can't lose weight while eating a fatty diet. Unfortunately, many who cut back on fat in their diets either put their weight back on, or they became sick from years of eating a diet with little to no fats. In recent years, new ideas have come to the forefront. These vary, depending on the amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that are allowed in your diet.

One fat that has gained popularity is coconut oil. This oil was unheard of just a decade ago, but it has now become a staple in many kitchens due to its health benefits. One of the reasons that coconut oil is unique is because it contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), and these fats include capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. Over 60% of the oils within coconuts are made up of these three fatty acids and over 90% of coconut oil fat is healthy saturated fat. Studies back these benefits up, so they aren't just wishful thinking. Here are five amazing benefits of coconut oil:


Prevent High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease

Healthy cholesterol, also called HDL, promotes a healthy heart and lowers the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is very high in these healthy fats, which also converts the bad cholesterol, known as LDL, into cholesterols that are helpful to the body.