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Coconut Oil vs. MCT Oil: What’s the Difference? Thomas DeLauer explains the differences between Coconut Oil and MCT Oil.
The dominant fatty acid in coconut oil, on the other hand, is lauric acid, which comprises about 50% of the total fat content. Coconut oil also contains a very nominal amount of Caproic Acid (C6), about 6% Caprylic Acid (C8) and about 10% Capric Acid (C10)
Lauric acid is most well-known for its antimicrobial properties, since it’s the precursor to monolaurin, a more powerful antimicrobial agent that is able to fight viruses and bacterial infections. When lauric acid is digested, enzymes within the digestive tract form the valuable type of monoglyceride called monolaurin. When lauric acid is converted to monolaurin, which acts as a bacteria-killer – it has the ability to kill a wide range of harmful pathogen hosts in the body, making it an effective way to help treat or prevent infections, viruses, digestive disorders and chronic diseases.
A meta-analysis study, published 2010, which pooled data from 21 studies and included nearly 348,000 adults, found no difference in the risks of heart disease and stroke between people with the lowest and highest intakes of saturated fat (7). A Japanese prospective study that followed 58,000 men for an average of 14 years found no association between saturated fat intake and heart disease, and an inverse association between saturated fat and stroke (i.e. those who ate more saturated fat had a lower risk of stroke) (8)
Our brains are composed of 60% fat and the majority of the fat in the brain is saturated.The myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves in the brain and ensures their proper function is also largely made of saturated fat and cholesterol.
Avocado Oil & Olive Oil:
Avocado oil & olive oil are high in a monounsaturated fat known as oleic acid.
Reduces Blood Pressure- Oleic acid regulates the activity of adrenoceptor signaling pathways which direct the adrenergic receptors (α- and β-adrenoceptors) that help regulate blood pressure.
Protects Cell Membranes from Free Radicals- Oleic acid replaces other omega fatty acids in cell membranes. Since oleic acid is less susceptible to oxidation damage than omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, replacing these fatty acids with oleic acid protects your cell membranes from free radicals and other oxidative stressors.
Vegetable oils contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) – omega 3’s support cellular membranes and keep them flexible whereas omega 6’s contain pro-inflammatory eicosanoids that are important chemicals in the immune system, but when too many of them are produced, they can increase inflammation. Polyunsaturated fats are the least stable fats as they have multiple binding sites exposed, making them particularly open to oxidation – offering lots of available spaces for the free radicals to enter and mess with the fat. Monounsaturated are relatively stable in comparison to polyunsaturated fats. “Mono,” meaning one, indicates that there is one place for a free radical to enter.
Study-A study from Journal of Food Lipids found that in soybean and canola oils found on store shelves in the U.S., about 0.56% to 4.2% of the fatty acids in them were toxic trans-fats. Many vegetable oils contain BHA and BHT (Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene). These artificial antioxidants keep the food from spoiling too quickly, but they have also been shown to produce potential cancer compounds in the body.
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6) Hydrogenated Fat Dangers | Understand Trans Fats Dangers. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.drgangemi.com/health-topics/nutrition-and-supplements/hydrogenated-fat-dangers/
7) Dietary intake of saturated fatty acids and mortality from cardiovascular disease in Japanese: the Japan Collaborative Cohort Study for Evaluation … – PubMed – NCBI. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20685950?dopt=AbstractPlus
8) PubMed. (n.d.). Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease.