How can saturated fat from coconut oil be good for me?
For many years the conventional wisdom is that fat is bad, especially saturated fat. It causes heart attacks, obesity and many other terrible things. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and come from animal products including dairy and some plants such as coconuts.
We know that saturated fats are bad because they settle in our blood leading to blockages in the arteries which causes heart attacks. However, this does not happen with coconut oil.
Coconut oil is a different type of saturated fat that has amazing health benefits. It is made from medium chain fatty acid, as opposed to the ‘bad’ long chain fatty acids’, which are not stored as fat in the body but instead converted to instant energy in the liver. Coconut oil is made from a substance called lauric acid. Lauric acid is a super nutrient found in breast milk and about half of coconut oil is made from this antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral super substance. Unless you are a breast fed baby, your only other abundant source of lauric acid is coconut oil.
It is coconut oil’s special attributes that make it a healthy saturated fat.