Not all fractionated coconut oils are made equal. Some fractionated coconut oils are meant for skin care. Some are created for consumption, and these edible fractionated coconut oils can also be used for skin care.
If you're looking for one that is edible, the name of the fractionated coconut oil would be either MCT oil or liquid coconut oil. The type that is labeled 'fractionated coconut oil' is usually the type that you cannot eat since it is not FDA approved. It is solely for skin care purpose.
MCT oil is made specially for medical use (mainly in the treatment for malabsorption) or for athletes who want to improve their performance through reducing body fat and enhancing endurance level. Liquid coconut oil is created for people who prefer to ... Continue reading "Is Fractionated Coconut Oil Edible?"
Coconut oil's medium-chain fatty acids, as they're smaller in size than long-chain fatty acids that are commonly found in meat and many vegetable oils, can effortlessly penetrate cell (double-walled) membranes without the help of insulin and provide instant energy source to the cells, thereby boosting cellular metabolism.
When your overall body's metabolism increases, the excess fat in your fat reserves will be pulled out for use as energy to power up your body. Which means, coconut oil burns fat and yes of course, it can help to lose weight.
On page 148 of Eat Fat Look Thin: A Safe and Natural Way to Lose Weight Permanently, it says:
"Farmers are always looking for ways to fatten their livestock because bigger animals bring bigger profits. Fats and oils have been used as an additive in animal feed as a means of quickly packing on weight in preparing them for market. Saturated fat would seem like a good choice to fatten up livestock and pig farmers tried to feed coconut products to their animals for this purpose, but when it was added to the animal feed, the pigs lost weight! Farmers found that the high polyunsaturated oil content of corn and soybeans quickly did what the coconut oil couldn't. Animals fed corn and soybeans packed on pounds quickly and easily. One of the reasons these oils work so well is that polyunsaturated oils suppress thyroid function, decreasing the animals' metabolic rate. They can eat less food and gain more weight! Many people are in a similar situation. Every time we eat polyunsaturated oils our thyroid function decreases. Weight gain is one of the consequences."
In fact, not only polyunsaturated oils, even the so-called health-promoting olive oil may cause weight gain too because it carries ... Continue reading "Can Coconut Oil Help Lose Weight?"
Technically speaking, coconut oil is not a laxative. It, however, does help to stimulate bowel movement.
Most laxatives work to help absorb water into the stool causing it to soften up so that it can easily "slide" through the wavy "tunnel" and get out of the "dirty place". However, many constipation sufferers are still not getting their freedom with laxatives because it could be their sluggish bowels that are causing the problem, in addition to not having adequate water intake to create the bulk and soften the stool.
This makes coconut oil a popular solution for relieving constipation because coconut oil can turn a sluggish bowel into a hyperactive bowel. Thanks to its medium-chain fatty acids that are capable of achieving that since these compounds can easily break through the barrier and penetrate cells without much difficulty.
When they enter the cells, they convert to energy and power up the cells to help regain normal intestinal muscle contractions upon stimulation by bulk.
But that's not all. Coconut oil is a 100% fat. Which means, it releases tons of ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil a Laxative?"
Coconut oil does help to make you poop, but not all people taking coconut oil get to poop easily. That's because coconut oil works more effectively on people who have sluggish bowels.
For example, you may have taken good loads of fiber (from fruits and vegetables) and you drink 8 glass of water every day. You exercise regularly as well. However, you still find hard to poop. This is a sign of sluggish bowels.
Coconut oil can make you poop more easily in this case because it can power up your intestinal cells and help gather more water in your stools to stimulate muscle contractions on your bowels.
But if your intestines are inflamed due to ulcerative colitis or diverticulitis, then it may take longer for coconut oil to take its effect on moving bowels. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well. So, what coconut oil does is it will first help to reduce the inflammation in your intestines and if it has excess fatty acids left then these compounds will help to move your bowels.
In such a case, you would need to take ... Continue reading "Does Coconut Oil Make You Poop?"
Yes, virgin coconut oil is good for weight loss. Many have lost weight eating virgin coconut oil. But do you know why?
That's because it contains 62–64% medium-chain fatty acids, which easily convert to energy to step up your metabolism. This makes virgin coconut oil a popular dietary fat that burns fat. You won't find this type of good fatty acid in any other vegetable oils and animal fats except for coconut oil and its relative, palm kernel oil (~55%).
That explains why when you eat food cooked, fried or mixed with other oils or fats, you can easily heap on excess calories that your body does not need at the moment and so it stocks them up into your fat tissues. Simply put, the fat you eat becomes the fat you wear.
But when you change your dietary oil into virgin coconut oil, you're literally setting your body up to fat-burning mode. Not only the medium-chain fatty acids convert into energy to power up your metabolism, but also helps to pull out the fat you wear and burn them off as heat.
Which is why when farmers feed coconut products to their livestock, these animals become slimmer instead of ballooning in size.
Honestly, eating virgin coconut oil for weight loss is no news anymore since more people are getting to know about the benefits of virgin coconut oil in weight loss.
However, you do have to be careful when you're getting started. You should not eat too much at one shot such as 2 tablespoons especially on ... Continue reading "Is Virgin Coconut Oil Good for Weight Loss?"
Do you know how coconut oil helps to lose weight in the first place? If you don't know that, you won't know how to maximize the fat-burning effect of coconut oil to help you achieve your desired weight in the shortest time possible.
Coconut oil, in general, contains about 62–64% of medium-chain fatty acids. These MCFAs is the weight loss secret of coconut oil. They are relatively smaller in size, so they can enter your cells without insulin, thus powering up your cells to boost their metabolic activities.
When your metabolic rate increases, your body will burn fat more effectively by purging toxins out of your fat cells so that excess body fat can easily be released into bloodstream for energy conversion.
Now you have coconut oil at work to help increase your metabolism and lose weight, what you need to do next is to reduce your food intake at the same time. If you don't do this, the fat that coconut oil helps to burn off will quickly be replaced by the food you take in.
I'm not saying that you should eat lesser than what your body requires in order to achieve weight loss. That's a crash method to losing weight which I never advocate.
Do you know what causes you to grow fatter and fatter? That's because you have always been ... Continue reading "How to Lose Weight with Coconut Oil?"
Eating coconut oil does not cause acne, as far as I'm concerned. But applying coconut oil to your skin MAY cause an acne breakout. Why?
Our skin is a good place to store toxins since it is large and it's one of the organs that our body uses to help expel toxins.
But the problem is, when you consume toxin-laden food particularly animal proteins every single day, the toxins may be too much for your skin cells to handle and so instead of expelling toxins, your skin becomes a warehouse for toxins over the years.
That explains why meat-eaters tend to have dull skin and age faster. It all thanks to the toxins passed on to them by the animals.
After many years of storing toxins, when you start putting coconut oil on your skin, as coconut oil has potent anti-toxin property, it will draw toxins up to the surface of your skin. And if your skin tends to shed dead cells abnormally, the pores can easily get clogged. Purging of toxins by coconut oil will, at this juncture, trigger an acne breakout.
But don't get it wrong, such "acne" caused by using coconut oil is actually ... Continue reading "Can Eating Coconut Oil Cause Acne?"
Constipation is mainly caused by factors like lack of fiber intake, too much fiber intake, insufficient fluid to soften the stool, stress, or sluggish bowels. Of course, some medications can dry up your fluid and cause constipation too.
If you have taken a good amount of fiber-rich food and drink plenty of water and you're just as relax as leaves on a tree but yet you're still constipated, then your constipation is likely caused by a sluggish bowel system.
Coconut oil is particularly good for constipation that is caused by sluggish bowels because its high content of medium-chain fatty acids can energize your bowels and make the muscles move vigorously so as to help push the waste through your intestines easily.
On top of that, when coconut oil breaks down into glycerols (aka glycerin molecules – active ingredient for rectal laxatives) and different chains of fatty acids, these glycerols can help to draw water into your intestines to soften the dry, hard waste so that it gets to slide through your gut effortlessly.
Oh, actually there's one more good thing about coconut oil is that sometimes ... Continue reading "Is Coconut Oil Good for Constipation?"
Imagine you keep on cooking with the common types of cooking oil such as peanut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil or whatever you have in your kitch (except coconut oil), your health will turn for the worse because these common cooking oils have one thing in common – they're very unsaturated. Even olive oil is not good for cooking, by the way.
Thought that unsaturated fats are good, huh? What a big-time misconception!
Saturated fats are better, but of course, they have to be short- or medium-chain and not those that present in meat which are all long-chain fats because long-chain fats are hard to digest and break down for use as energy and that's why they get stored as body fat easily. Look around your waist for evidence.
Coconut oil provides you with mostly medium-chain saturated fats and because of this, your cooked food does not turn bad easily even when you ... Continue reading "Why is Cooking with Coconut Oil Good for You?"
We all know that virgin coconut oil is the best among the different types of coconut oil in terms of health benefits, but how do you choose the best virgin coconut oil?
Crystal clear like water is what you should check for when virgin coconut oil is in liquid form. If it looks cloudy, it may be due to the low surrounding temperature since virgin coconut oil starts to solidify below 76 °F (24 °C).
It should not appear yellowish. Yellow hue is the characteristic of refined coconut oil, not virgin coconut oil.
And when it turns solid under 76 °F (24 °C), it should appear as white as snow, not even a tinge of yellow.
My years of coconut oil experience tells me that the best virgin coconut oil should have some soft, ... Continue reading "How to Choose the Best Virgin Coconut Oil?"