A lot of recipes I post include coconut butter (also known or labelled as coconut oil) and as such I have had a few inquiries regarding my ongoing inclusion of it. So here are the reasons coconut butter should be a very real part of everyone’s diet.
- Without trying to sound too scientific here…..
Coconut butter is made up primarily of medium chain fatty acids or MCFA’s, also called medium chain triglycerides or MCT’s. MCFA’s are somewhat smaller than the majority of most fatty acids. They permeate cell membranes easily and don’t require any form of special enzymes to be utilized effectively by your body. In addition, MCFA’s are very easy to digest and this puts less strain on your digestive system.
These factors alone show the unique health benefits of coconut butter but the list continues.
- It helps you lose weight. (Yes you read that right)
MCFA’s go directly to your liver where they are instantly converted into energy rather than being stored as fat for future energy stores. In addition to this, MCFA’s stimulate metabolism and increase activity within the thyroid. So the basic result created by transporting MCFA’s directly to the liver induces a reaction called thermgenesis which increases metabolism leading to weight loss.
- Curbs sugar cravings and energy slumps
As already stated, MCFA’s go directly to the liver to be used as energy. This promotes instant energy in much the same way as it does when eating simple carbohydrates. Although coconut butter and carbs both deliver quick energy, coconut butter does not produce insulin spikes in your bloodstream like carbs do. This gets rid of the energy slump many people experience within an hour or 2 of eating carbs and is good news for people who have issues with insulin or cravings.
- It is by far the healthiest oil in the world to cook with
Coconut butter has an extremely high smoke point meaning it can be cooked at very high temperatures without becoming unstable and therefore becoming saturated in the body. This makes it ideal for frying which makes most other oils unstable and makes what is marketed as a healthy oil saturated and in fact bad for you. It is also the only product of its type to remain stable enough to promote heart health, support weight loss and thyroid function.
- It is anti-viral and anti-fungal. (This is important)
50% of the fat content in coconut butter is a fat extremely rare in nature called lauric acid. In fact the only other place it can be found is in breast milk. (Starting to see how good it is for you yet)? Lauric acid is seen as a true miracle ingredient because of its unique health promoting properties. When you consume lauric acid, your body converts it into monolaurin which is abundant with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Coconut butter is also a natural remedy for thrush
- it is an anti-inflammatory
There are untold benefits to boosting your bodies metabolic rate. Your healing process is accelerated, cell regeneration increases and your immune system function is far stronger. When your immune system is functioning well, your body will be less inflamed and you’ll feel better in general.
- It is excellent for thyroid issues
Coconut butter raises basal body temperature while increasing metabolism. This in turn promotes better thyroid function which is a great benefit for people with thyroid issues.
- It is great for your skin. (This is just a bonus)
In addition to better health internally, coconut butter applied as a moisturizer is absorbed into the skin and connective tissues. This helps your connective tissues to remain supple and strong which in turn reduces the appearance of wrinkles and lines. It also acts as an exfoliator for the outer layer of dead skin cells.
Don’t underestimate how good coconut butter is for your health and don’t be put off because it is a “fat”. Just remember that one of the key macro ingredients every needs to burn body fat is actually fat. It’s just important to choose the healthy natural ones and to avoid the highly processed cancer causing man made varieties.