Coconut oil, good for cholesterol and arteries

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an ingredient widely used in various beauty tips, but its potential goes beyond that. It is delicious and has many properties to take advantage of. Some of them are that it is digestive, satiating and helps the bones. But a new study revealed that with just one tablespoon of coconut oil you can get interesting changes in your health, including promoting weight loss and improving cardiovascular health.

Coconut oil and HDL cholesterol

Extra virgin coconut oil increases good HDL cholesterol, which is responsible for transporting cholesterol from your tissues, blood vessels, and arteries to be metabolized in the liver to finally be eliminated.

Until not long ago coconut oil was considered a bad fat because it contains saturated fatty acids and compared to margarine, which has synthetically produced fatty acids. However, research and its results showed that natural saturated fats are actually beneficial.

Particularly the saturated fatty acid which contains coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride. This increases the good cholesterol in the blood and helps to regulate the cholesterol level in general. This is how for a long time coconut oil has stopped being in the sights, to become one of the best anti-cholesterol allies that can have a person.

How to Use Coconut Oil

There are many ways to use coconut oil. One is to use it in place of corn, soybean or olive oil when preparing sauces. It is great for cooking because it has a smoke point higher than these and it resists the heat very well. Anyway, it is always best to consume it raw, as with any type of healthy fat you know.

You can try it mixed with olive as a dressing, also in juices and smoothies to give flavor and sweetness. You can incorporate it into any recipe, stews, pasta, just a matter of trying. You can also consume it just to enjoy its refreshing coconut flavor.

Other healthy oils

Coconut oil is not the only option you have available to combat cholesterol healthily. There are many other oils that can help you in this mission. Do you dare to know these options?

  • Grape oil. An excellent choice, rich and healthy. Do not forget to try it with the salads! It gives a tremendous flavor to meals.
  • Olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest things you can use to feed yourself. If you use it raw, much better.
  • Sesame oil. This is a wonderful oil to flavor meals. A few drops will give a tremendous sesame flavor to your meals. It is perfect when used raw.

What Is Obesity?

what is obesity

Just what is obesity? Being obese is not the same as being fat, or even being overweight. It is possible to have fat stores on a person’s body and not be considered obese, although the technical definition of where obesity starts does vary depending on the specific scale of measurement in question. Even then sometimes, someone might be categorized as ‘obese’ by the numbers, but still be perfectly healthy because their ‘excess’ weight is actually muscle. This happens to professional athletes and bodybuilders a lot, and so causes confusion regarding what should be categorized as obese or obesity.

Obesity, even without clearly defined numerical thresholds, does generally mean that a person has too much fat in or own their body. Becoming obese is something that happens over a long period of time, so it is not like the dreaded Freshman 15 or the five pounds someone might gain on a week-long cruise ship vacation.

It is simply a rolling imbalance between calories taken in and the calories expended by a person’s body. Of course, as with anything health related, it is not simply a matter of these two numbers. Genetics play a part, as does various diagnoses of overeating. High-fat and high-calorie food choices never help, and physical inactivity or a sedentary lifestyle also contribute to the development of obesity.

Obesity is a serious health risk, and this is on top of the immediate consequences of less energy and fewer clothes to fit into. Obesity boosts the risk of conditions like arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It also makes certain cancers more likely.

Fortunately, it does not take much to turn this around, as losing just 5 percent of a person’s total body weight can reduce these risks, as well as provide a little energy and confidence to continue losing more.