It's a shame that coconut oil continues to have a bad reputation as an unhealthy saturated fat.
Approximately 50% of the significant amount of fatty acids provided by coconut is the health promoting lauric acid, a medium-chain saturated fat, whose only other abundant source in nature is human breast milk.
In the body, lauric acid is converted into a highly beneficial compoud called monolaurin, which has been shown to destroy a wide variety of disease-causing organisms, such as Cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex 1, measles, Staphylococcus aureus, Helicobacteri pylory, Candida albicans and many more.
The antiviral properties of the medium-chain fatty acids abundant in coconut have been found to be so potent that they are now being investigated as a treatment for AIDS patients.
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Like most types of nuts, coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other nuts, which contain mostly long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, coconuts provide fat that is almost all in the form of health-promoting short and medium-chain saturated fats, which are different from the saturated fats in animal products.
Being shorter in length, these fatty acids are processed differently by the body and are preferentially sent to the liver to be burned as energy.
In fact, these fats actually have been shown to promote weight loss by increasing the burning of calories (thermogenesis). Some researchers suggest that they lower cholesterol as well.