Benefits of coconut oil

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Need an energy boost? Just grab your teaspoon and a jar of coconut oil.

Conventional wisdom has taught us that saturated fats are bad and unsaturated fats are good. However, this is a misleading picture. What really makes a fat healthy or not is the size of the molecule, or rather the length of the carbon chain that makes up the fat molecule. The shorter the chain, the healthier the fat.

Most fats in our modern diet are long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs), whether they come from vegetable or animal sources. LCFAs take more time and energy for the body to digest, and then once digested they are absorbed via the lymphatics into the bloodstream to circulate around the body. These large molecules are then taken up by cells for energy, but also deposited as fat and contribute to the formation of arterial plaque.

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