Researchers discovered that the weight loss connection with coconut oil is because of the length of the fatty acid chains found in the coconut oil. It contains the medium chain fatty acids, or MCTs – medium chain triglycerides.
The medium chain fatty acids are not same with the common longer chain fatty acids contained in the other plant-based oils. Most of the vegetable oils are composed of triglycerides – LTCs or longer chain fatty acids. LTCs are usually stored in the body like fat, while the MCTs are burned in the body for energy. They burn up quickly.
Coconut oil is a natural rich source of MCTs that lead to weight loss and increase the metabolic rates. MCTs promote thermogenesis, which increases the metabolism, producing energy. Researchers from Japan discovered that when you eat food rich in MCTs like the coconut oil, the MCTs are transported into the liver through the portal vein directly.
When MCTs are changed for LCTs in the diet, our bodies are much less inclined to store fat. When one person eats sensibly, a diet that contains MCTs is more effective than a low fat diet at removing the stored fat.
The researchers in one study compared the metabolic effects of 400 calorie meals of LTCs and MCTs by calculating the metabolic rates prior to and 6 hours following the meals. According to the results, the meals that contained MCT caused an average 12% increase in the basal metabolic rate in a comparison with a 4% increase with the meals that contained LCT. The authors of the study concluding that if we replace the dietary fats with MCTs that could bring weight loss over long periods of time even if the person didn’t reduced the caloric intake.
The coconut oil is the most natural source of MCTs. The MCTs raise the metabolism in the body and that leads to weight loss, and also they have special health benefits. The most predominant MCT in the coconut oil is lauric acid. Dr. Jon Kabara, the lipid researcher said that never before in the history of humanity has been so essential to emphasize the real value of Lauric Oils. The medium-chain fats contained in the coconut oil are similar to those fats in the mother’s milk and also have similar nutraceutical effects. These health effects were discovered in the Ayurvedic medicine centuries ago. Modern research has now discovered a connection between these two natural products – their lipid or fat content. Beside the human’s breast milk, the coconut oil is the most abundant source of medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid.