It can blast belly fat.

3. It can blast belly fat.

Some research has found that consuming coconut oil can burn fat, particularly belly fat, which is dangerous for your heart.

A study published in Lipids gave women either 40 g of coconut oil (MCT) or soybean oil (long chain fatty acid) for 28 days and found that both groups lost weight, but only the coconut oil group had lost belly fat.

But again, 40 g of coconut oil is around 35 g of saturated fat, which is more than twice the amount of daily saturated fat recommended by the AHA.

So, Is Coconut Oil Safe to Eat?
Any food in moderation is OK, Dr. St-Onge says. The AHA suggests aiming for 5 to 6 percent of your daily calories to be saturated fat, which is around 13 grams.

Dr. St-Onge recommends choosing oils that are low in saturated fats and have heart health benefits, like olive oil, canola oil, and soybean oil. But if you are going to go for the coconut, here’s what to keep in mind:

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1. Choose the right type of coconut oil.
Dr. Fife recommends using organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil, which has the least amount of processing. However, if you can’t stand the strong coconut taste or smell of unrefined coconut oil, opt for a refined version — buying organic will ensure it was refined using steam, not chemicals.

2. Use it to cook.
Introduce coconut oil into your diet by using it as a substitute for margarine, vegetable oil, and/or olive oil when you’re cooking up delicious food.

3. Add it to salads.
Liquid coconut oil can be added to salad recipes or homemade mayonnaise to help digestion and maximize nutrient uptake, Dr. Fife says.

4. Try it with rice.
Adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to the boiling water for every half-cup of rice may reduce the number of calories your body takes in by 50 to 60%, according to research by the American Chemical Society. Let the coconut-oil water and rice simmer for 20 to 40 minutes, and then refrigerate it for 12 hours.

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