In the June issue of Whole Living Magazine there is a question about coconut oil under the Hot Topics Section. Cynthia Sass, certified dietician and author of “Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds & Lose Inches” took time out to talk a little bit about coconut oil:
“Q: I’ve been hearing a lot about coconut oil. Does it have any special benefits?
A: The oil derived from the nut of the coconut palm tree has long been scorned for its high saturated fat content, and some organizations, such as the American Heart Association, recommend avoiding it. But emerging research suggests that coconut oil may actually safeguard the heart and help spur weight loss. Not all fats are created equal, and the type found in coconuts (a medium-chain triglyceride) may trigger a boost in calorie burning. A small Brazilian study found that obese women who swallowed two tablespoons of coconut oil a day (while dieting and walking regularly) shed more belly fat after three months than those who ingested the same quantity of soybean oil. They also experienced a bigger increase in their HDL, or “good,” cholesterol levels.
For the greatest benefit, use a variety of oils, including coconut, in your kitchen. The nutty, slightly sweet flavor is fantastic in stir-fries and baked goods. I also like to use it for pan-searing tofu. Like all fats, coconut oil is high in calories – about 125 per tablespoon – so remember to use it sparingly.”
– Cynthia Sass, Whole Living Magazine, June 2012