Saturated fats are known to raise levels of cholesterol in blood or what they so-called LDL cholesterol. The high levels of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood will increase the risk of heart diseases and it is considered to be a bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is not bad at all because it is also an essential fat cell needed in our body.
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol is made up of an outer rim of lipoprotein surrounding the cholesterol center. Saturated fats are mainly fat molecules that have no double bonds between the carbon molecules, this is because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Saturated fats are always solid at room temperature.
The majority of the sources where cholesterol is coming from the animals including milk and dairy products. The examples are:
- Fatty beef
- Poultry with skin
- Beef fat (tallow)
- Lard and cream
- Other dairy products made from reduced fat or whole milk
However, there are also high contents of saturated fats on fried foods and baked goods. The plant-based oil such as palm oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil are also containing saturated fats but do not contain cholesterol.
Coconut oil is made from pressing the white meat of the giant nut and nearly 84% of the calories are made up of saturated fat, unlike olive oil that only has 14% of saturated fat and 63% in the butter. However, the coconuts’ saturated fat is coming from and made up of mostly Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT’s that are partially man-made fats.
Coconut oil is considered to be a “superfood” because of its different benefits provided to the market including weight loss, better brain functions, and other amazing benefits. If you have been researching about coconut oil, it has huge arrays of health benefits and is really recommended to almost everyone.
Health benefits from coconut oil include healthier hair and skin, low cholesterol levels, weight loss, gives a boost to the immune system, proper digestion, and metabolism.
- Weight loss
Because of its Medium Chain fatty acids, it helps in taking off excessive weight. It helps in reducing abdominal obesity for women. It also functions best in digestion and in thyroid and endocrine system. The coconut oil also helps increases metabolic rate by removing such stress on pancreas wherein it burns more energy and helping obese and overweight in losing weight. Most countries or place where people are using coconut oil as their primary cooking oil are normally not fat, overweight and obese.
It gives strong immune system because of the properties the coconut oil provides such as lauric acid, antimicrobial lipids, capric acid and caprylic acid that has an anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. the human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is an effective way to deal with different bacteria and viruses that causes influenza, herpes, cytomegalovirus and most especially, even HIV, which is now very common nowadays. Coconut oil helps fight harmful bacteria like Helicobacter pylori and Listeria monocytogenes and harmful protozoans such as Giardia lamblia.
- Improves digestion
The coconut oil is usually used as cooking oil as one of the internal functions today. It is helping to improve the digestive system and also prevents various digestion and stomach-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats that are found in coconut oil have an antimicrobial property and is helping in dealing with various fungi, parasites, and bacteria that may cause indigestion. It also helps the absorption of nutrients such as minerals and amino acids.
- Fights Candida
Also known as Systematic Candidiasis that causes a tragic disease that results in an excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida albicans inside the stomach. The role of the coconut is a reliever from the inflammation caused by candida (external and internal). High moisture retaining the capacity of the coconut oil keeps the skin from peeling off and cracking. The Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid from the coconut oil helps eliminate the Candida albicans.
- Helps the Liver
The Medium Chain Triglycerides and fatty acids help prevent liver diseases. The properties present from the coconut oil easily converts into energy when they will be reaching the liver, thus, reducing the work of the liver and at the same time prevents the accumulation of fat.
It prevents kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also dissolves the kidney stones.
Coconut oil helps control the blood sugar and it improves the secretion of insulin.