Ok, how do I put this lightly? You need more coconut in you life. Many tropical cultures survive on diets consisting primarily of coconut in various forms. It’s probably the most important source of plant-based fat in existence, perhaps chief even among animal-based fats also. Why? Medium-chain triglycerides.
Fats are complicated. As is also the case with the opposite sex, we can’t live without them, they come in different shapes and sizes, and have fundamental but varied affects on our bodies. For the purpose of explaining the awesomeness of coconut, we will peel back a few layers of the onion and discuss lipid biochemistry on a cursory level. Fats (triglycerides) are made of three fatty acids docked to a glycerol molecule that forms a “backbone” structure. These triglycerides are classified in a few ways. One way is according to the saturation of the carbon chains that make up each fatty acid. The more hydrogen is bound to the chain (creating strong, chemically stable hydrocarbon bonds) the more saturated it is.