There are lots of folks out there who cannot even begin to face their day without a delicious, piping hot, cup of coffee. If this sounds like you, don’t be shy! You’re far from alone! Besides the energy boosting benefits of caffeine, coffee provides your body with antioxidants that can bolster your healthy immune defenses. But, there is a simple ingredient you can add to your coffee that will give you even greater health benefits!
That coconut oil you’ve been using on your hair and your skin, is a great addition to your coffee! If you’re thinking this might make a mess of your healthy eating plans by adding too much fat, we’re here to clean up a misconception or two.
For decades now, we’ve been getting this whole ‘ saturated fat’ thing all wrong. We’ve been ignoring the benefits that can come from eating things like butter and coconut oil because we believed they would cause heart disease. This, of course, is just not true. This does not mean that you can start dousing all your food in butter or eating a jar full of coconut oil every day, you do have to be moderate in your consumption. All we are saying is, don’t ditch these fats completely!
Here’s why: the majority of fats are made up of long chain molecules that are broken down slowly in your digestive system and stored in your body. They begin the digestion process in your mouth but the majority of the work is done in the small intestine. These fats get reconfigured so they can be delivered to your bloodstream and fat deposits. If your body needs energy, it uses some of this fat. Trouble is, this isn’t a particularly efficient way to get energy from fat and what isn’t used just sits there in your body. This is where medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, come in! The fat in coconut oil is made up of MCTs which means it can skip the previously mentioned digestion process, and get delivered directly to your blood stream. This means, that they are a viable energy source without contributing to your body’s fat deposits!
The MCT that gives coconut oil all of its antibacterial and antiviral properties is lauric acid. In fact, lauric acid and monolaurin (created when coconut oil is broken down by enzymes), have been found to combat Staphylococcus Aureus and the yeast known as Candida Albicans — a common source of yeast infections in humans.
Turns out lauric acid may actually help you lose weight! Lauric acid affects your hunger and satiety hormones which means you will feel full without having to eat a large quantity of foods. Think about it, if you aren’t eating as many calories, you can’t help but lose weight!
The best way to get lauric acid (and the other MCTs) is with coconut oil. 50% of the fats found in coconut oil is made up of lauric acid. And adding coconut oil to your coffee is a great way to reap the benefits without going overboard. There is a limit to the amount of MCTs your body can handle. If you go to far, you will experience a strong laxative effect. We understand if that’s something you’d like to avoid! Usually the limit is about 2 tablespoons in a day. Some people can have more, some people tolerate less. You just have to go slowly and find your limit. Don’t just dive in, start small.
There are two ways you can work this wonder into your coffee. You can just plop it in and stir, or you can throw your coffee and your coconut oil in a blender and whip it up. This will create a frothy texture like a something you’d find in a high end coffee shop!
Isn’t it time you embraced fat and added coconut oil to your diet? For more creative ways to use this oil, have a look at the BodyRock Meal Plan! This plan includes 30 days worth of meals and snacks, a detailed nutrition guide and an added recipe book with over 70 offerings! Healthy, clean eating has never been easier!