Move over olive oil, there’s a new healthy fat in town: coconut oil. Although some nutrition experts are dubious about coconut oil’s health benefits, since it is a solid, saturated fat, numerous studies have indicated that there may be more to coconut oil than meets the eye. Read on to find out about seven reasons why you may want to switch out some more traditional cooking oils for this tropical fat.
#1 Higher “Good” Cholesterol
A 2011 study of pre-menopausal women found that those who consumed more non-hydrogenated coconut oil had higher levels of HDL, or good cholesterol. This finding remained true even when factors such as age, total caloric intake, and BMI were accounted for.
#2 Less Belly Fat
A 2009 study of women with large waist circumferences indicative of significant abdominal obesity found that those who added coconut oil to their diets actually reduced the amount of belly fat they carried, when compared to women who did not change their diet or who added soy oil.
#3 General Weight Loss
As part of a balanced diet, coconut oil may help promote weight loss. A study in mice found that those fed coconut oil tended to have lower body weights than those fed soy oil or a fat-free diet. Linked with the 2009 study mentioned above, it seems that coconut oil can definitely play a role in weight loss when consumed in moderation.
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