Eating two tablespoons of coconut oil a day could have serious health benefits, a report notes.
One of the benefits of eating a spoonful a day is that it burns calories, effectively promoting weight loss.
"Coconut oil is more thermogenic, compared to other foods and fats," Q Political reports. "This means eating it tends to increase energy expenditure. In other words, eat more coconut oil to burn more calories."
Coconut oil contains a healthy fat that is essential in regulating blood sugar, slowing down the digestive process and breaking down carbs into glucose more slowly. This process is essentially a natural remedy for preventing diabetes.
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When looking for coconut oil at the store, it's important to know exactly the kind to buy.
"The buzz words you really want to look for are virgin and unrefined," dietician Megan Ware said. "What that means is it was taken from the meat of the coconut, it was not heated to a high temperature, it wasn’t bleached and it wasn’t refined.”
Bleached and refined versions of the oil are typically cheaper than the virgin, unrefined options, but it's important to avoid refined coconut oil as it can be just as bad as other oils that are considered unhealthy.