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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

31 Days of Weight Loss Tips: Day 24 Opt for Coconut Oil

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Swapping your usual cooking oils with coconut oil on occasion can help support thyroid function and weight loss.

Many polyunsaturated oils -- which are long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) -- that we consume on a regular basis such as corn, canola, soybean and cottonseed, can have a negative impact on thyroid function.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat that is a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) and is known to stimulate metabolism and to have a positive impact on the thyroid.

The body is able to digest and burn up MCTs (coconut oil) more quickly than LCTs (vegetable oils).

A study published in the March 2002 issue of The Journal of Nutrition found that MCTs increased energy expenditure, decreased fat storage and increased satiety.

As with all fat, it should only be consumed in moderation. Using extra virgin coconut oil in some meals versus usual cooking oils over a long period of time can help promote weight loss.

Another benefit of coconut oil is that it is rich in lauric acid -- which has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

Journal of Nutrition
Mayo Clinic

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