12 May Fat that makes you thinner?

Fat that makes you thinner?

Coconut oil used to be one regarded as unhealthy for the heart because it contained saturated fat. However, further studies on coconut oil have shown that coconut oil contains a special kind of saturated fat that helps lower health risks such as heart disease.

Majority of fat molecules found in Coconut oil are what are called “medium chain triglycerides” or MCT. This differs from most fats and oils which are “long chain triglycerides” or LCTs. MCTs provide the special characteristic that improves health.

MCTs are smaller molecules than the usual LCTs. This makes the fat easier to digest, and readily available for use. The body can then use it for immediate energy, instead of storing it away for future use as body fat. This means the fat is hardly ever left to circulate in the bloodstream. This special feature of MCT is one of the reasons why they do not end up as fat cells which contribute to weight gain.

MCT’s ability to convert into readily usable energy also improves one’s metabolic rate. Calories are used up at an increased rate, and not much is left to be stored as body fat. However, this doesn’t mean one becomes hungry at an equally accelerated rate. Studies have shown that coconut oil leaves one more satisfied than other fats. Consumption of food often decreases and hunger is satisfied for an extended amount of time.

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