When it comes to weight loss, some research has shown that coconut oil can be effective for weight loss. A study published in the March 2008 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that coconut oil was more effective at promoting weight loss than olive oil. The small study followed 49 overweight men and women over a 16-week weight loss program and found that those using coconut oil instead of olive oil lost more weight.
Another study, published in the December 2003 issue of the International Journal of Obesity found that medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) like coconut oil were less likely to be stored in the body and more likely to be used for energy compared to long chain fatty acids like olive oil.
The main concern with coconut oil and weight loss is that it’s a saturated fat. Saturated fats are fat molecules that have no double bonds with carbon molecules because they are saturated with hydrogen molecules. Because saturated fats have no gaps (or double bonds) they are able to pack together really tightly so when they enter the bloodstream, they tend to raise low density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol. This can be bad for heart health.
However, notable research has shown otherwise. A study published in the October 2008 edition of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that MCTs weren’t the same as other saturated fats when it comes to heart health and they did not impact blood cholesterol.
Read the full article: September 16th 2016: Organic Authority; Sara Novak.