- 100% virgin coconut oil
- Source of medium chain triglyceride
- Energetic food, ideal for athletes
- Increases metabolic rate
- Promotes satiety
- Ideal for cooking
What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut Oil by HSN Foods is a supplement based on virgin coconut oil.
Coconut oil is extracted from the fresh fruit pulp, which is cold pressed to obtain the coconut milk, which is then centrifuged to separate the crystalline oil; All of this without adding chemicals or applying high temperatures to the procedure.
Coconut oil does not need refrigeration, as the natural anti-oxidants that it contains helps to preserve it.
Coconut Oil Nutrients
Coconut Oil is composed in nearly a 90% of saturated fats, most of them are beneficial medium chain fatty acids. Of these fatty acids, about 45% is lauric acid. The only natural food that has more lauric acid than coconut oil is breast milk.
The consumption of this fatty acid is linked to the correct function of the immune system, which explains how important it is for it to be consumed in the first months of life.
Anti-inflammatory, antiviral, fungicide and antibacterial are some of the benefits that are also attributed to lauric acid.
Other fatty acids that we can find in coconut oil are palmitic, stearic and myristic. Oleic acid is found in less than a 6%.
Properties of Coconut Oil
Medium Chain Triglycerides - Instant Energy
Coconut oil is rich in a type of medium chain fatty acids called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are a different type of fat to those that we take through the diet normally.
The medium chain fatty acids are metabolized differently from the rest of fatty acids. Theyonly have between 6 and 12 carbon atoms and glycerol (1,2,3-propanetriol) which makes their degradation much faster than that of long chain triglycerides. They are further characterized by providing approximately 25% fewer calories than long chain triglycerides. 6,8 calories/gram of medium chain triglycerides versus 9 calories/gram of long chain triglycerides.
Medium chain triglycerides are oxidized directly in the liver (avoiding them being stored as body fat) without requiring any type of transformation, whichis the case of the long chain fatty acids.
Therefore, medium chain triglycerides are metabolized more quickly than other fatty acids to obtain energy, which makes them a very interesting supplement for athletes.
As we know, muscle glycogen is used as a source of energy during physical exertion, but it is limited and can be expended, leading to fatigue and forcing us to reduce the intensity. For this reason, coconut oil may be an alternative for endurance athletes as an energy substrate.
Increases metabolic expenditure
Its characteristic way of being metabolized, makes the coconut fats increase the metabolic expense without producing negative effects on the corporal fat.
TCM can be considered a functional food product or ingredient in obesity and overweight treatments because they have a beneficial effect on thermogenesis, fat oxidation and metabolism.
A double-blind study showed that subjects consuming a caloric excess in the form of medium-chain triglycerides increased diet induced thermogenesis (DIT) by 12% and their expenditure was double that of those who ate other kinds of Fats. Other studies have also shown how replacing long chain fatty acids with those found in coconut increases energy expenditure by 48% and 65% in thin and obese people, respectively.
Another way that coconut oil stimulates weight loss is with its effect on calorie intake.
Coconut oil, being rich in fats, helps to control the feeling of hunger more that other types of food.
However, we must bear in mind that fats have a higher caloric density and this might make it very easy to eat to many calories, so it is important to control the amounts we intake.
Indicated for intestinal malabsorption problems
Medium-chain triglycerides are more easily digested and absorbed than the oils and fats contained in the most common foods. In fact, they are absorbed relatively well even when the biliary and pancreatic secretions are reduced.
People who have malnutrition, malabsorption syndrome, cystic fibrosis, short bowel syndrome, celiac disease and liver disease often take medium chain fatty acids.
Medium-chain triglycerides promote cell proliferation and mucus production at the level of the intestinal mucosa, which may have a protective function in the intestine of patients who have inflammatory bowel disease or intestinal infections.
To this antiinflammatory action, we have to add the capacity of the medium chain triglycerides to favour the production at an intestinal level of immunoglobulin A, which exerts an immunomodulating and protective effect on the intestinal wall.
The lauric acid of coconut oil favours lower postprandial levels of glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Medium-chain fatty acids have a therapeutic advantage over other fats, the ability to preserve insulin sensitivity, both in adipose and muscle, and to counteract the insulin resistance that can be produced by a saturated fat intake. This makes them a very interesting substance for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Who can benefit from virgin coconut oil?
- Anyone looking for a quality vegetable oil to add to their recipes.
- Athletes looking for an extra energy supply to save stored glycogen at muscle level and prolong physical performance.
- People who carry out a weight-control diet (coconut oil increases satiety and increases metabolic expenditure).
Nutritional Facts VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 450g
|per serviceper 100g|
|Information VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 450g|
|Serving's size: 15g|
|Amount per serving|
|of which saturates||12,9g|
|of which sugars||0g|
|Ingredients: 100% Virgin coconut oil.|
How to take ACEITE DE COCO VIRGEN 450g:It can be used for cooking or in shakes. It can replace other types of oils including olive oil or butter.
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