Saturated Fats: Properties, Health Benefits and Why Coconut Oil is the Star
Saturated fats or fatty acids (SaFA) are crucial for maximum health. Their so important that coconut oil, the healthiest and greatest dietary fat on earth, is highly saturated.
You would die without SaFAs – plain and simple. That’s why your body makes them, not leaving to chance of whether you’ll eat some or not.
They are not the evil fats that a few but noisy and influential people are preaching out there.
As a result, many were led to believe (more like “brainwashed”) that saturated tropical oils like coconut oil are bad for you, and polyunsaturated fats like canola and soybean oils are the best. Yeah right…
Saturated dietary fats have many valuable roles in your body’s chemistry such as:
- Boost your immune system
- Help strengthen your bones
- Protect your liver from toxins
- Lower Lp(a), a substance in your blood that suggests predisposition to heart disease
- … many more …
Types of Fats
A fatty acid is classified as “saturated” if two (maximum) hydrogen atoms are attached to each carbon atom in its chain. This type of fatty acid is called a “saturated-fat” because it’s loaded or saturated with hydrogen.
Unlike saturated fats, polyunsaturates have several missing hydrogen atoms which make them extremely sensitive to oxidation (getting rancid) and free-radical formation. The food industry have known this unsaturated fat dilemma for a long time which is why they have been hydrogenating (make more saturated) cheap unsaturated vegetable oils ever since.
In contrast, highly saturated organic virgin coconut oil is so stable and resistant, it can stay fresh for at least three years even without refrigeration.
Greatest of them All
Because they are durable enough to withstand normal cooking temperatures, saturated fatty acids are what mainly constitute healthy cooking oils. That’s a fact!
Coconut oil is the most saturated of all fats and has “much more” health benefits than others, both saturated and unsaturated. That’s because aside from being 92% saturated, coconut oil is also 67% Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA).
98-100% of all the fats you consume, including saturated animal fats, consist entirely of long chain fatty acids (LCFA). These bigger fat molecules are hard to digest, and the source of the fat that collects in your fat cells and clogs your artery walls.
MCFAs generously present in coconut oil are so easy to digest that they seldom get stored as body fat. MCFA-packed coconut oil is mainly used to produce energy, not body fat.
Thanks to MCFAs, coconut oil possesses potent antimicrobial properties capable of wiping out even the dreaded AIDS and SARS viruses. Coconut oil is so deadly to many viruses, bacteria, fungi and other microbes, yet so safe for human consumption.
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