In some instances, coconut has been called "the other white meat," based in large part because of its power as a plant protein that helps maintain lean muscle mass. Although many people rely on coconut oil for a healthy fat source, the oil is still refined. Fresh or dried whole coconut meat holds most of the nutrients. When the coconut is part of the main diet, it has helped certain cultures live longer. The Tokelauans of the South Pacific, for example, have been noted to get more than 60% of their calories from coconuts and have very low heart disease rates.
It has been well-documented that obesity is an epidemic problem across the United States and in other parts of the world. Many weight loss programs and diet fads try to tackle this problem by counting calories. They neglect to consider the source of calories, which is equally important. Food types all have different effects on the body.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). They can increase how many calories you burn compared to foods that have the same amount of calories but contain longer chain fats. According to one study, 15 to 30 grams of MCTs daily can help you expend 5 percent more energy in a 24-hour period. This is the same as burning about 120 calories a day.
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