So among the myriad of uses, all positive uses by the way, for coconut oil, you can take it straight & it will convert to energy (along with a few other simultaneous tasks it handles) in your body. First things first...All fats & calories are not created equal. The main difference in the fats & calories that make up coconut oil is that it contains medium chain fatty acids (triglycerides) rather than long...the body treats those medium chain fatty acids differently than others. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract & used for energy immediately instead of being stored OR they are turned into ketone bodies which provide energy to the heart & brain & other tissues in the body. This is the short & sweet of how coconut oil enhances the metabolism. Coconut oil has also been shown to reduce your appetite & nip that sweet tooth & those carb cravings in the bud! “Up to 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, depending on individual calorie needs, can be a healthy and tasty addition to your diet when replacing other less-healthy calories” (Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet).
Tips for Taking Coconut Oil
Cooking with coconut oil is by far the easiest way to add it to your diet, requiring little to no effort by simply replacing your current cooking oil... However, there are certainly other ways... Our #1 recommendation...Put. It. In. Your. Smoothies. If your new to eating coconut oil but are willing to take the plunge, squeezing a bit in your smoothies will help get you geared up organically & put that pep back in your step while helping get used to eating it! Squeezing a bit into your coffee or hot tea is also another very convenient way to get the goodness in every day! But, hey, if you're a go-getter & not afraid of the unknown feel free to shovel it in by the spoonful (or tube-full)!