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Coconut Oil… Is It a Good Oil?

By Mel Batterman

It seems daily I have people contacting me about my thoughts on coconut oil… Is it a good oil? I am sure that you have seen coconut oil be more prominent in nutrition articles and other nutritional information. You may have also seen in be incorporated into nutritional shake recipes and specific nutritional plans.

Since I get questions often and there is so much information flooding all aspects of media, I thought I should set a few things straight by providing some proper information.

Coconut Oil…Is It a Good Oil?

Coconut oil is one of the only oils that could be classified under the “Superfood” Category. Coconut oil has a unique combination of fatty acids, which have been found to have positive effects on the body, brain function, and more.

In the past coconut oil has been classified as not being a nutritionally sound food because it is 90% saturated fat. Recently studies have changed this thought process because these saturated fatty acids are so different from the standard saturated fats found in red meat, cheeses, and other high saturated fat foods.

The saturated fats in coconut oil are actually MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides). Since they are medium versus long, like most other saturated fats the body processes and metabolizes this fat differently. Which means that when digested they go directly to the liver to be used at energy versus being processed just as a fat that could potentially cause artery clogging issues.

Knowing that coconut oil metabolizes into energy and may potentially increase your overall energy expenditure by 5% over a 24 hour period makes this oil a cut above the rest. Research has also suggested that this overall heightened energy expenditure may help the body burn off more stored fats both in the adipose tissue (external fat), as well as the visceral fat (internal fat).

Another interesting feature that has been found with coconut oil is that is seems to have a hunger suppressant quality to it. In a recent study done of men consuming a teaspoon of coconut oil at breakfast per day over a fourteen day period, found that on average their consumption of calories decreased by 256 calories per day.

Both of these studies can be very promising when many nutritional plans are starting to implement coconut oil into the overall plan.

The truth is coconut oil can really provide some extra advantages when added appropriately to your nutritional plan, and is clearly a much better oil choice overall for cooking and consumption.

 These reasons and more is why you may see coconut oil in some of our Beachbody nutrition programs that are associated with some of our top fitness programs. A couple of examples of programs that you will see coconut oil in the nutrition plan is the 21 Day Fix and 21 Day Fix Extreme. In the 3-Day shred portion of the 21 day fix, coconut oil is consumed 4-5 times per day. In the 21 Day Fix Extreme Count Down to Competition you will see coconut oil as a part of the program daily.

106 Comments

  1. What a GREAT article on the health benefits of Coconut Oil by my friend Mel Batterman. Mel has been a Fitness, Nutrition and Weight Loss specialist for 18 years, and I was pleasantly surprised what she had to say! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  2. GREAT ARTICLE MEL BATTERMAN!! I LOVE COCUNUT OIL AND OUR FAMILY COOKS WITH TIHS AT ALL OF OUR MEALS. THANKS FOR SHARING THIS WITH US.

  3. I truly enjoy the use of coconut oi, whenever we do a stir fry we use it. It adds great flavour to the meal.
    This is a really fantastic article. Thank you Mel Batterman.

  4. Coconut Oil is clearly a much better oil choice overall for cooking and consumption. As a family we use it all the time for all of it’s benefits…great article

  5. Great article on coconut oil! I used it as part of my program suggestions but never really questioned. Now it is great to have information to go along with the benefits! Thanks Mel!!

  6. Happy Monday –This is a great article written by Fitness expert Mel Batterman to SHARE on why coconut oil is so good for us. I love the flavor of coconut oil.

  7. WOW!! I want to SHARE this article on the health benefits of Coconut Oil By my friend Mel Batterman! It is a HOMERUN for anyone trying to develop healthy eating habits!! I would love your feedback. Make it an amazing day:-)))))

  8. What’s up with coconut oil? I’ve been hearing about it and seeing it on labels everywhere for a while – how it’s the miracle “cure” for almost everything. Why is coconut oil different from other kinds of oils and fats? What can you believe? I’ve read several articles about it. This one summarizes it well. What do you think?

  9. I LOVE coconut oil. Thank you for giving us such a comprehensive solution of coconut oil and it’s benefits Mel.

  10. Oh my gosh I JUST got out of the shower and moisturized from top to bottom with coconut oil and thought “I need to remind my FB family that coconut oil is GOOD FOR EVERYTHING!” Just shared this with the ones I love! thank you!

  11. I love cooking with Coconut Oil but this article had some new information about Coconut oil that I didn’t know! Great article to share with others!

  12. I love Coconut Oil, it’s something I use daily. Mel Batterman as Fitness, Nutritionist and Weight Loss Specialist she explains so much better than I about the benefit of adding Coconut Oil to your diet. Great article Mel!

  13. It was very interesting to get the facts on this oil option to use not only for cooking but to use other ways throughout the day. I plan to start utilizing it more myself!

  14. I remember when Coconut oil was on the “bad fats” list. It’s obvious by Mel’s explanation in this article, that we all should have a little every day! I like it in my shake…….and it’s great for skin as well!

  15. Considering the amount of coconut oil I use in baking and other recipes I probably should have known some of these details a while ago… but it’s nice to learn that Coconut oil is a SUPERFOOD and has other great benefits… thanks for the information Mel!

  16. There is so much conservancy over oils especially coconut oil. I wanted to share this article explaining why its a healthy fat and oil to use.

  17. Great informative article by mu friend Mel. I want to SHARE with you. Let me know what you think. If you like plz pass along by sharing. Best, as always, Russ R

  18. I’ve been hearing more and more people talk about coconut oil, but didn’t know much about it until now. This article talks about the health benefits of coconut oil in detail, which includes increased metabolism and reduced hunger. Love what she has to say and will definitely start using it more!

  19. Coconut oil totally rocks! This awesome article gets into the many health benefits of coconut oil. Give it a read and SHARE with your friends. I would love to hear your comments.

  20. Thanks for setting the record straight Mel! So many believe because coconut oil can be solid it’s a ‘bad’ oil. I LOVE coconut oil; great article!

  21. This article explains the amazing health and fitness benefits to ingesting coconut oil! With so many benefits and uses, coconut oil is pretty amazing. Aside from ingesting it daily (I melt a tablespoon at a time and drink it like a shot! ) I also use it in my hair and in a homemade moisturizer!!

  22. Coconut oil is being talked about everywhere…I know I have been checking it out. I thought this was a great article from Mel Batterman and wanted to SHARE it. What do you think?

  23. I have seen a huge improvement in my neck and back function since I’ve been taking coconut oil every day for several months – and I take a LOT more than 1 teaspoon a day!

  24. I have been trying to use coconut oil more for cooking and baking! After reading this article i know that I need to try and incorporate coconut oil every day!

  25. Awesome article! It’s so good to know the health benefits to using coconut oil…Especially that it acts as an appetite suppressant as well as gives you more energy…Sooo cool!! Thank you for the great article!!

  26. I Love this article!!! I can tell the difference when I switched over to coconut oil. Not only does it taste better, but it easy on the stomach. Great article!!!

  27. I knew coconut oil is great for oral health (oil pulling), but didn’t realize how beneficial it is for our bodies, too. Thanks for this information, Mel.

  28. Ok EVERYONE, I could go on and on about Coconut oil. I absolutely love the benefits from this stuff! Just read this article and then let me know what you use it for, if you do 🙂 I have found a good organic brand on Amazon, at a good price, if you want me to let you know. I’ll post it in the comments section.

  29. LOVED reading WHY it’s so good for you. I’ve been using coconut oil for quite some time now. I love to cook and bake with it, make “latte’s” (without milk) with it (just blend 1tsp of coconut oil with your coffee in the blender and it gets super frothy and yummy) and even using it as cream for dry skin.
    Thanks Mel

  30. I have used coconut oil in the past but it’s been a while. After reading this I’m certainly going to start adding a teaspoon to my Shakeology in the morning. What are your thoughts on that?

  31. Coconut Oil is something that has been proven to aid in internal cleansing and weight loss. Many people I know have had success with adding coconut oil to their daily nutrition plan.

  32. Great article to SHARE with your family and friends….people sometimes don’t understand the health benefits of many items in our cupboards. thanks Mel

  33. Thanks for the great article Mel….amazing what people don’t know about so many items in our cupboards and what benefits so many foods and oils have to offer..

  34. Coconut oil is amazing. Doesn’t lose its goodness when used for cooking, as does olive oil. You can also use coconut oil for your skin, your hair, even to shine and preserve leather shoes. It’s a wonderful moisturizer.

  35. I have a jar of coconut oil in my cupboard that I use almost daily – knew it was good for us, but never really looked into ALL the benefits! Thank you for sharing WHY I am using it!!! 🙂

  36. Finally.. An article that is worth reading. I’ve been a believer in coconut oil for many years. PLUS the oil contains a specific acid that fights viruses. It’s truly a Super Food!

  37. This has been such a God Send to me…coconut oil has not only been helpful physically for me, but it has cured my son’s excema. More people should try to go the natural way than all the garbage the doctors push on us.

  38. What a great article! I am glad to read something that tells us why coconut oil is now good for you! I love the flavor it adds to my foods!

  39. I had recently bought some coconut oil as I had heard great things about it. This article has definitely helped me understand it even more. Thanks!!

  40. Great article! I substitute pretty much anything and everything I can with coconut oil now. And it’s GREAT for my hair 🙂

  41. Coconut Oil…Is It a Good Oil?

    Coconut oil is one of the only oils that could be classified under the “Superfood” Category. Great article to read, very interesting…

  42. We are all looking for healthy choices to make when it comes to our daily nutrition. I wanted to SHARE this article on the health benefits of Coconut Oil by Mel Batterman! It is a great option for anyone trying to develop healthy eating habits! Let me know your thoughts. Have an awesome day!

  43. COCONUT OIL is one of my favorite all around product in my house.. eating to conditioning my hair. I LOVE coconut oil.. Thanks Mel for the article!

  44. Wow!! I knew coconut oil was starting to pop up everywhere, and I even bought some but haven’t been using it. I will now! I’ve used it in the girls hair and it came out amazingly soft and yummy smelling. I am going to start adding a teaspoon to my coffee since I drink it black. Do you use coconut oil? If so, in what ways?

  45. What a great article! Can’t believe all the uses for this versatile oil! Thanks for a great piece to share Mel!

  46. I first started using coconut oil during the 3day refresh and now I use it all the time! Thanks for the great article about all the great benefits!

  47. Fantastic article explaining the properties of coconut oil, a “superfood” I’ve been sharing the use lately with a lot of friends and family because of its benefits. Great job Mel!!

  48. I was definitely hesitant about switching to coconut oil! Now, I love it! Great article Mel! Awesome explanation of the use and benefits.

  49. Did you know Coconut Oil was a Superfood? I learned so much information about Coconut Oil from this article so I had to share it. I would be interested in learning what you think about Coconut Oil.

  50. I love using coconut oil. And now reading that it is a super food, I m going to incorporate it even more in my cooking! Thanks for the great article!

  51. I loved this article! After I read this I went to the store and immediately bought some coconut oil. I will be having a teaspoon a day from now on.

  52. This was very helpful! I never knew all of the benefits coconut oil had. I wish I would have known this sooner. Thank you for the great article!

  53. A comprehensive article that I wanted to share and get your thoughts on. Mel did a great job of simplifying the health benefits of adding in coconut oil daily. Is Coconut oil part of your daily intake? What are some other ways that you use coconut oil to benefit your family?

  54. Coconut Oil is something that has been proven to aid in internal cleansing and weight loss. Many people I know have had success with adding coconut oil to their daily nutrition plan.

  55. I love using coconut oil! I started ingesting it as part of my fat loss plan and it works wonders! I also love to use it on my lips and skin as a moisturizer! SO many great benefits this article points out!

  56. I’ve been hearing more and more people talk about coconut oil, but didn’t know much about it until now. I’m sharing this article that talks about the health benefits of coconut oil in detail, which includes increased metabolism and reduced hunger. Love what she has to say and will definitely start using it more!

  57. I have a love affair happening with all things coconut, and I don’t anticipate it ending anytime soon…it seems each day I read an article about something else amazing that coconuts can do for your health and this article sums them all up rather nicely.

  58. What’s up with coconut oil? I’ve been hearing about it and seeing it on labels everywhere for a while – how it’s the miracle “cure” for almost everything. Why is coconut oil different from other kinds of oils and fats? What can you believe? I’ve read several articles about it. This one summarizes it well. What do you think?

  59. We have been using coconut oil in cooking and in different recipes for some time. No comparison with other oils – great article Mel.

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