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Health Tip for week Sept 14th

  • Consume coconut oil either as food or as oil for cooking your food

coconut_oilCoconut oil consists of more than 90% of saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fats are good for our diets.  In fact, coconut oil has been used as cooking oil for thousands of years.  Then came a campaign against saturated fats and the promotion of polyunsaturated fats such as flaxseed, canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils, as the way to go for cooking.  It led to most food manufacturers abandoning coconut oil in favor of hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils that come from the main cash crops in the US, particularly soy, and contain trans fatty acids.

I know there are public information stating that saturated fats have been supposedly causally linked to high cholesterol, heart disease and other bad health conditions.  Not only are there no research backing up these, but I don’t know how the conclusion came about, since it would be hard to find a person in America who has a high saturated fat diet. Nearly all commercial foods, including bread, crackers, chips, dips, candies, zero cholesterol coffee creamers, all mayonnaise and all salad dressings, many pastries and ice creams, most dietetic (for weight loss or diabetes) “foods”, many cereals, and nearly all crunchy snacks contain either polyunsaturated or partially hydrogenated fats (which contain some margarine and some of the unsaturated fat mixed together). These foods are often advertised as healthy “all vegetarian,” “no-cholesterol” foods. Even the so-called saturated fat in commercial meat is partly unsaturated because most cows are fed corn and soybeans, both of which contain unsaturated oils.

Studies done on native diets high in coconut consumption show that these populations are generally in good health, and don’t suffer as much from many of the modern diseases of western nations like in the US.

Coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.  It is natural and 10 times better than any sport drinks in the market (like Gatorade).

Here is a list of some of the health benefits for consuming Coconut Oil:

  • Helps prevent heart disease, senility, obesity, cancer and other diseases associated with aging and chronic degenerative diseases.
  • Has antioxidant properties since the oil doesn’t turn rancid (it doesn’t oxidize very rapidly when it’s heated and mixed with oxygen).
  • Reduces our need for vitamin E, whereas unsaturated oils deplete vitamin E.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Stimulates thyroid function.
  • Loses weight, make us lean and active and increased our appetite.
  • Has antiseptic effect which protects us from viral, bacterial or protozoal infections.

There are tons of researches done on coconut oil.  Here are few links and resources:

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://www.coconutoil.com/research.htm

http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/

At AF Performance Center, we sell organic, virgin coconut oil for $15.00 (no tax) for 32 oz bottle.  That is a bargain.  For more info, contact us at 310 .895.5385

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