Coconut Oil: Underrated but has the Strongest Benefits You Need to Know

Sep 07, 2020 05:51 AM EDT | By Madelaine D. (

Coconut oil and olive oil both have excellent benefits. However, when compared, a tablespoon of coconut oil contains six times the amount of saturated fat to a tablespoon of olive oil. 

Coconut oil almost meets the daily limit of 13 grams of saturated fats that the American Heart Association recommends, as per NYTimes

In an email, Annessa Chumbley, registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the A.H.A., said, "Between the two, olive oil is a better option since monounsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on our heart when eaten in moderation and when used to replace saturated and trans fats in your diet."

However, it's not a reason to underrate coconut oil. In fact, there are lots of benefits awaiting if you will use coconut oil, not just for cooking. Here are the six impressive benefits that coconut oil may give you:

Coconut Oil: Underrated but has the Strongest Benefits You Need to Know
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Coconut Oil: Underrated but has the Strongest Benefits You Need to Know

1. Promotes heart health

Although coconut oil has high saturated fats, it works differently than animal-derived foods like cream, cheese, butter, and meat. Coconut oil increases healthy cholesterol called HDL in our body, as per the Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine study. The saturated fat in coconut oil helps lower the risk of heart disease and promote heart health by increasing the HDL in the body.

2. Help balance hormones

Hormonal imbalance? Coconut oil can help maintain the balance of hormones because of its lauric acid. The Philippines' 2012 study suggests that coconut oil is an excellent fat to consume when you are at the menopause stage and may also have a positive effect on the estrogen level.

3. Lose weight

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil help lose weight when your diet has this content and replaces long-chain triglycerides found in soybean and canola oil the study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Another study shows that MCTs increase 24-hour energy expenditure in a person by almost 5%. It might not sound like much to burn an extra 100-120 calories, but you could lose 36,000 calories over the year. 

4. Memory disorders

Neurobiology of Aging contains a study published in 2004 that demonstrates the M.T.C.s could improve the memory problems experienced by older subjects. In the study, all patients felt the advantage of coconut oil and marked improvement in their recall ability after taking fatty acid. 

Patients felt the advantages of coconut oil in the study and marked improvement in their recall ability after taking the fatty acid. The benefits of coconut oil for memory is a big help for people suffering from cognitive disorders. 

5. Improves oral health

Before the invention of toothpaste, swishing oil around the mouth is how our ancestors cleaned the mouth of bacteria and helped heal the dirty ravages of periodontal disease. Experts recommend coconut oil pulling 3x a week to protect your mouth and its vital contents. Oil pulling reduces plaque-causing bacteria, according to the 2008 study.

6. Reduce the risk of seizures

Ketones diet involves eating little carbohydrates and a large amount of fat that could increase ketones' concentrations in the blood. Coconut oil is a good one to add to this diet. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews found that a ketone diet can reduce seizures in epileptic people, even those who did not succeed with several types of drugs.

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