Though coconut oil is a well-known healthy food ingredient since ancient times (in tropical countries), it has recently gained worldwide importance due to its health benefits. Thus, coconut oil is now known as a super food.
Prepared from the dried part of the coconut (copra) and though commonly applied topicaally, this oil has tremendous health benefits when consumed as a supplement to other vegetable oils, while preparing food. Here are some health benefits of this oil.
Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil helps in improving digestion and also aids in curing any stomach infections. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are converted into a substance called monolaurin, which is generally present in breast milk and is known for its excellent antimicrobial properties, thus protecting your tummy from unnecessary infections.
Reduces Tummy Fat
Coconut oil acts a slimming food, because most of the nutrients of coconut oil constitute saturated fats (medium chain fatty acids) which are metabolized into ketones and these ketones are perfect in reducing hunger levels. Medium chain fatty acids in turn are also known for its effect of increasing the metabolic rate and thus helps in burning fat faster.
Source: online health magazine