Hi, my name is Natalie and I'm addicted to American Idol. That is really sad! Other than that show I hardly ever watch television. For some strange reason I happened to have the T.V. on a few months ago and ran across this program talking about a cooking oil that could help reduce stomach fat. Boy did my ears perk up! And then my body sat down and tuned in for the segment.
After 3 babies I am in need of a magic solution to melt my remaining stomach fat cause I sure know I don't diet EVER or exercise AT ALL right now.
So the magical, mystery oil is coconut oil. How strange! Coconut oil is saturated fat!!! It is hard at room temperature. I always thought oils that were saturated were bad for the heart. Apparently not this oil. It is rich in the saturated fatty acid called lauric acid which is thought to have antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. Lauric acid is also found in human breast milk.
"Fats are categorized as either short-, medium-, or long-chain depending on how many carbon molecules they contain. Close to two-thirds of the saturated fat in coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids, which have antimicrobial properties, are easily digested by the body for quick energy, and are beneficial to the immune system." source
The show I mentioned earlier was Dr. Oz. Here are a few clips that detail the benefits. A quick synopsis of the clips: coconut oil promotes weight loss, can be used to treat skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis, and it can be used to treat certain types of ulcers. Dr. Oz Coconut Oil Super Powers Part 1 Dr. Oz Coconut Oil Super Powers Part 2
Dr. Oz says the recommended daily amount of coconut oil to receive the maximum benefits is 1 tablespoon. Dr. Mercola recommends buying coconut oil that is certified organic and free of processing such as bleaching, deodorizing, refining or hydrogenation. I'm guessing an organic virgin coconut oil would do the trick.
Try it out and let me know what you think. I've cooked with it and used it to make yummy desserts such as this fabulous chocolate cake. I don't use it daily so I am guessing that is why its magical tummy fat melting powers haven't worked on me yet. Or maybe it's all the coconut ice cream I've been eating! It's YUMMO!!! I'm going to keep trying coconut oil though! I'll never give up....