Coconut oil has recently become a more popular type of oil to use for cooking, skin care and other everyday uses. Coconut oil is unique, it is half Lauric acid which raises HDL more than other saturated fat foods (Boldt, 2018). HDL is the “good” cholesterol. Research has discovered the secretes to this superfood, the main reason that it is so beneficial is because it has healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Roughly 62 percent of oils of coconut oil is made from Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid, which are healthy fatty acids.
Many of the fats we consume take longer to digest than these fats (Boldt, 2018). The MCFA’s in coconut oil provide a great source of energy because they only go through a three-step process to be turned into your body’s fuel. Other fats have to go through a process that has more than 25 steps (Boldt, 2018). Some other benefits of MCFA’s are that they are not readily stored as fat, have antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, the fats are smaller in size which allows easier cell permeability and they are processed by the liver which means they’re converted to energy instead of being stored as fat (Boldt, 2018).
Coconut oil is a great alternative to other cooking oils, as well as a great product for skincare and haircare.
Boldt, Ethan. “Coconut Oil Benefits How to Get the Benefits of Coconut Oil.” Dr. Axe, Dr. Axe, 23 Jan. 2018, draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/.