Coconut Oil Controversy

Coconut oil as a healthy food has come under controversy again due to recent article in USA Today.  Unfortunately this article is completely off base!

It is based on the false premise that fats, especially saturated fats, are unhealthy.  This could not be further from the truth.  Our bodies need fats (good fats) to survive.

My wife and I have been using coconut oil for many years, and found the least expensive to be Costco brand (pictured above).  84oz. for around $20 bucks!

We ingest it in our smoothies each day, use it in cooking, and apply it externally to areas of our bodies that need a little help.

It can help with various health conditions, as it is an anti-fungal:

Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against the Candida yeast (see the research studies here and here). Caprylic acid in particular is a popular and effective antifungal, which you can buy in supplement form.

And also antiviral:

The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s. Research has shown that microorganisms that are inactivated include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses.

Dr. Hardick has a great article on heart benefits: http://drhardick.com/coconut-oil-heart-disease.

And consuming good fats can help you lose weight!

So it would seem that coconut oil is a VERY good food to use to regain and maintain our good health!

To Your Health!

Weight Loss and MORE!

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Let’s face it, we’ve been concerned and frustrated about our collective weight for DECADES!  Fad diets come and go, exercise plans, gyms and equipment proliferate.  However the weight, for the most part, has been difficult to shed at best!

Many people lose weight – temporarily, but usually gain it back and more!  So what’s going on?

Our bodies are like flex-fuel vehicles that can burn more than one type of fuel for energy.  We can use glucose, fat, or protein.  Protein is not the ideal choice as we can lose valuable muscle mass.  Glucose is not good either as it causes inflammation and WEIGHT GAIN.  So that leaves FAT!  The best choice is good fat!  Wait, but fat makes you fat, right? 

No, that’s a myth that we’ve been under, collectively, for decades!

Sugar is nasty stuff!  It should be called “Heroin-Lite” as it is very addictive and causes major damage to our bodies.  Sugar can cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes (two very common chronic diseases). Insulin is a very important hormone in the body. It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat!

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Our current diets contain a very large percentage of sugar (all carbohydrates are sugar). The image below shows the breakdown of sources of sugar:

e9051ff6865ca8f8655b69f029b02b2aOver the years our bodies have adapted to utilize sugar as the main fuel source, because of the huge intake of carbs and the minimized intake of fat.  But burning sugar over fat is like burning wood in our stoves and not gas.  The fat and the gas are much cleaner burning and fat contains more energy.

So what’s the answer?  Train our bodies to burn fat, not sugar for energy!  How do we do that?  It’s very simple, increase the fat percentage in our diet (good fats!) and reduce the carb intake.  Sort of like this:

ketogenic-dietIt’s called the Ketogenic Diet, and it’s gaining popularity among elite athletes and others (including me and my wife).  Ketones are formed in the blood when the body starts burning fat instead of glucose.  In order to make the ketogenic diet work we must become ketone adaptive.  This means we want to be in the”zone” as shown here:

optimal-ketosis-range-2We want to be just before Starvation Ketosis.  This would be the ideal range for blood ketones.  You can actually measure your blood ketone with a ketone meter:

ScreenShot2012-10-02at124247PMWe use the “Precision Xtra” available on Amazon for about $25.  It can be easy for some to reach this state, and very difficult for others, partly depending on their current diet (sugar is very addictive). You should reduce your carb intake to ~50 grams or less per day.  That’s the hard part.  However you can have fat, such as organic butter, MCT oil, coconut oil, full fat organic (or grass fed) dairy, bone broth (organic chicken or grass fed beef), and grass fed beef, so you may not miss the carbs!

Incorporate a moderate exercise program, and to enhance the process do some form of fasting.  We have so far opted for what they call intermittent fasting where after eating dinner at 7pm-ish we don’t eat until lunch the next day, about 1:00pm.  This gives us about a 16 hour fasting period each day, and we re not hungry!

The benefits o following a ketogenic diet are numerous:

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So following a ketogenic diet has many plus factors, more energy, reduced weight, and improved health!  So why not give it a try?!  Let us know how you make out!

To Your Health!