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By Michele Chevalley Hedge, A Room With A View

1. All Fats Are Not Created Equal

Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs), which is a "healthy" form saturated fat compared to trans fat. Trans fatty acid consumption is linked with heart problems, depression and increased cholesterol levels. What does consuming MCFA fats in coconut oil mean for your body? Our body metabolises these fats in the liver, immediately coverting this into energy (fuel for the brain and muscle function) rather than it being stored as fat.

2. Helps Controls Weight

One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women's consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

3. Eases Digestion

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

4. Manage type 2 Diabetes

A recent study by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research found that coconut oil protects against insulin resistance, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.MCFA fats are small enough to be absorbed into the cells where they're quickly converted to energy. It is this process that not only reduces the amount of fat we pack into storage, but improves insulin sensitivity.

5. Supports Immunity

Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFA fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, helicobacter pylori and candida.

6. Boost Metabolism

A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that coconut oil boosts metabolism. Researchers found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body's immune system and keep weight off. 

7. Slows Fine Lines

Coconut is not just for your cooking – it's a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin's connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use virgin coconut oil with no additives.

8. Cooks In High Temperatures

Because coconut oil is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, it gives it a higher smoking temperature than most polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils. If you're preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking. Unlike olive oil which will oxidise at high temperatures, creating free radicals.

9. Stops Sugar Cravings

Instead of reaching for the lollie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less 'ravenous'.

Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

10. Coconut Oil Makes Delicious Desserts

Try this recipe for a nutritious high protein, gluten and dairy free coconut treat.

1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 cup of almonds or walnuts (soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight)
5 organic dates soaked in hot water to soften (or raw honey to taste)
3 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder
Shredded coconut (check it contains no preservatives)

Place all ingredients in a food processor. Roll into small bite size balls and roll into shredded coconut. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to set. 



Whey Proteins
The undisputed king of proteins. Here’s why:  whey proteins are quickly and easily digested (hence the“fast-acting” description thatthey’re often given), they are loaded with Essential Amino Acids (EAAs)–including the three Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs), and theycontain subcomponents (microfractions) thatappear to provide benefits above and beyond amino acids and elemental nitrogen. Whey proteins are available in several forms. The most basic is whey concentrate. Whey protein isolates have much of the fat, lactose and other undesirable elements ‘isolated’ out. Whey peptides have been hydrolyzed, or broken down,for even faster digestion. So the purest and
fastest digesting whey proteins you can buy are hydrolyzed whey protein isolates.
Casein Proteins
About 80% of the protein in milk is casein.  Often referred to as a “slower-acting” or “time-released” protein because it is digested and absorbed much more slowly than other proteins, casein proteins are especially useful when taken at bedtime and during other prolonged periods without eating.
Egg Proteins
Ask any dietitian, “What’s the best source of protein?” and eggs will probably top the list. Most nutrition textbooks refer to eggs as the “gold standard” for protein quality.With loads of EAAs and some of the highest scores of protein quality, we’re not going to argue. Naturally dairy-free, eggs are a great
alternative to whey, casein, and whole milk proteins for those with milk allergies or
severe lactose intolerance.
Blended Proteins
If you can only afford one type of protein, consider going with a blend. Combining faster, intermediate, and slower-protein sources, blended proteins give you more sustained protein digestion than
single-source proteins like whey, casein,or egg.
Recovery Proteins
There are moderate calorie, fast-acting protein and carbohydrate combinations specifically designed to be consumed immediately after workouts when nutrient needs are great and glycogen and muscle protein resynthesis are at their peak. Many also contain whey protein hydrolysates and
supplemental ingredients like creatine, BCAAs, and glutamine to further aid the recovery and rebuilding process.
This may also include complementing ingredients like, creatine, betaine and micronized amino acids to assistwith your muscle building goals.


Healthy Recipies


Indian Chicken Coconut Curry


Add some pep to your chicken with a flavorful blend of aromatic spices and coconut milk




1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped fine
2 Tbsp. finely chopped ginger
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. chili flakes
7 tsp. turmeric
3 tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup light sour cream
Kosher salt
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
1 lime
Small bunch cilantro leaves



1/ Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until light golden brown. Add ginger, cumin, fennel, mustard, chili and turmeric. Cook spices until they begin to pop.


2/ Add tomatoes, coconut milk and sour cream, and bring to a simmer. If sauce is too thick, add a little water. Season with salt.


3/ Add chicken and cook until it's no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes.


4/ Serve over brown rice or flat bread, or alone. Garnish with lime wedges and cilantro.



Nutrition Facts (per serving): 272 calories, 28 g protein, 5 g carbs, 15 g fat, 1 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 90 mg sodium



d can even promote fat loss.


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